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What is A Restorative Philanthropy?

By July 1, 2016

The idea of restorative philanthropy was provoked for me at ivoh’s Restorative Narrative Colloquium last weekend. Restorative Narrative is an approach to storytelling (e.g. journalistic, documentary, etc.) that walks with a place or community over time, usually after a tragedy, to show how rebuilding and restoration are emerging. It contrasts (in both content and process)…

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No Strings, No Accolades, No Nonsense: Prince’s 3 Lessons in Fuss Free Philanthropy

By May 20, 2016

After Prince Rogers Nelson’s untimely death last month, scores of stories have emerged recounting his often quiet, unassuming philanthropic practices. From advisor friends like Van Jones to South Minneapolis local Cindy Booker (who runs a community center out of Prince’s former junior high school), Prince’s secret life as a philanthropist is one that has moved and inspired…

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4 Ways to Be a Great Funder Date

By March 30, 2016

The recent article in the New York Times on “The Art of Saying No As a Philanthropist” lifted up, again, how much funder vetting of potential grantees is like dating.   Of course, the odds are skewed to favor funders as the choosers.   As such, TWI would like to offer some dating tips for…

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What’s M.I.A. (Missing In Action) in the GOP Debates?

By March 4, 2016

As last night’s debate demonstrated again, the GOP debates in this 2016 election season look more like ridiculous reality television than robust, complex, and respectful discussion of matters of meaning – particularly in addressing the deep needs and divides of this nation.  One ancient definition of debate is to “smash together” which certainly seems to be…

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Can Love be a Metric for Philanthropic Partnerships?

By January 25, 2016

Can love be the right metric for a billion dollar philanthropy?  While this post by Suzanne Guillette seems to argue both for and against this premise – I propose that love can be a metric for authentic partnerships, particularly when power and money are involved. While we and many others in the sector have chorused that multi-year,…

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