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Adventures in Adaptation

One funder’s willingness to shift course strategically has been crucial to sustaining a decade-long education initiative.


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  • Kevin_Starr_headshot_Mulago Don’t shoot me, I’m just the messenger.

    By Kevin Starr | 9
  • Nonprofit organizations that invest in fundraising fundamentals can drive major gift donations that lead to transformational change.

    By John L. Lehr | 2
  • The independence of foundations gives them the unique ability to communicate uncomfortable truths to entrenched power. When it comes to…

    By Darren Walker & Alfred Ironside | 2
  • When collaborating on systems transformation, we must include both program beneficiaries and institutional leaders.

    By Peter Long | 5
  • How one organization took advantage of a major transition to move away from third-party vendors and build an in-house communications team.

    By Melissa Skolfield | 9
  • Why general funding for nonprofit organizations is the future of innovation.

    By Jocelyn Wyatt | 8
  • Reflecting on the strategies and achievements of Blue Ridge Foundation New York as it transitions leadership and enters a new stage.

    By Georgia Levenson Keohane | 2
  • A conversation with communications expert Jonah Berger on how to build support for ideas and gain momentum on social change.

    By Sean Gibbons | 1
  • As the nature, frequency, and scale of disasters grows, the philanthropic sector needs to shift its focus to preparedness through a shared…

    By Dara Major, Betsy Dubovsky, & Brian Byrd
  • A funder-to-funder take on how to create breakthrough social change.

    By Paul Shoemaker | 83


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  • U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Chairman of the House Committee on Education George Miller, address the NewSchools Summit 2010.

    Featuring Arne Duncan and George Miller


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