Author Archives: How Matters

Betrayal

Are you ready for its inevitability?

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What the U.S. resistance can’t imagine

Grassroots activists and organizations led by people in the Global South are already creating the future we can’t yet see.

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Philanthropists, nonprofits need you to be brave

Jeanné Isler wrote “Nonprofits, philanthropy needs you to be brave” on the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy blog last week. It seems only fair that the reverse piece gets written, right? Speaking truth to power is something to which I have always aspired. But having had experience as both a grant seeker and grant maker over the years, it’s funders who I look to for bravery first. And because of the power they hold, it may feel even more vulnerable from where they sit.

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Why I wrote about “smart risks” in philanthropy and why I would frame it differently now

What is so “risky” about placing relatively small amounts of money in the hands of people addressing challenges in their own communities?

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The Voting Box

A guest post by Rasha Sansur of the Dalia Association in Ramallah, Palestine.

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On whose shoulders?

Who helped create the cognitive dissonance that has shaped you?

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Because love is why and how

A reminder for Valentine’s Day

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If ever there was a time…

People in the Global North are being re-awakened to their rebel selves. Now can we apply this in the global development sector?

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“They” and the shaping impulse of America

Do “we” need to help “them” to understand the political and economic systems that have marginalized them?

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Five years in the making

There is a growing number of small NGOs and foundations specializing in offering direct funding to grassroots leaders. And 20+ of them have come together to write a book!

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Wrestling with my white fragility

Welcome to the uncomfortable, yet hopeful conversation inside my head.

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10 “big picture” communications questions for the social good sector

Is it time to stop utilizing the private sector’s marketing toolbox?

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Getting real about dominant white culture

Do dominant white culture behaviors create barriers in the social good space?

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The Practice of Global Solidarity

What’s the difference between approaches to global development versus global solidarity?

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