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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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  • By applying behavioral economics theory to philanthropy, we can better manage grantmaker tendencies toward loss and risk aversion, and the…

    By John R. Ettinger & John T. Ettinger | 1
  • Building relationships with grassroots organizations that advocate for human rights-based development takes time, but without investing in…

    By Daniel Moss
  • Like Game of Thrones’ “Dany” Targaryen, entrepreneur Sean Parker is intent on replacing what he sees as a broken and oppressive system…

    By Marieke Spence
  • How funders can best support place-based initiatives.

    By Anthony B. Iton
  • A case for using targeted measures of progress in philanthropy.

    By Kelly A. Hunt & Jacqueline Martinez Garcel | 3
  • The case for investing in the long-term health and well-being of communities, based on what those communities value.

    By Ollie Smith
  • These groups' perspectives are closer than most think—and it’s good news for philanthropy.

    By Chris Cardona, Hilary Pennington, & Paul Shoemaker | 3
  • Are traditional assumptions about how we “do” philanthropy preventing us from finding new and better ways of working?

    By Gabriel Kasper & Jess Ausinheiler | 10
  • Three ways to create an environment where interdependent stakeholders can perform their individual roles optimally and collaborate with each…

    By Neera Nundy & Ann Paisley Chandler | 14
  • Ken_Davenport_SSIR_headshot_Mission_Edge The nonprofit funding process lacks transparency and fosters insecurity—and only funders can fix it.

    By Ken Davenport | 5


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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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