Thinking Differently About Workforce Development

It’s fascinating that while the San Francisco Bay Area is often hailed as the center of technical innovation and social change (and deservedly so) many companies are still operating with old and traditional mindsets of workforce development and community engagement...

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Philanthropy in the Age of Innovation

The PF office is at the heart of Silicon Valley, where new ideas and new approaches are constantly brewing, and ‘innovation’ is a word you hear daily. In the PF priorities, after People, the Idea is the second element we are concerned with-- “the relative importance of an idea, whether it matters...

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Number 1 Priority

One Friday evening I had a few minutes to decompress and like many people do I pulled out my phone to see what I could catch up on. After browsing Instagram I tapped my work inbox. A couple of new messages, one of which was pertinent to our Regional Portfolio, so I quickly forwarded it...

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Welcoming New Program Associate to the Team

This September we were excited to welcome Lindsey Padjen as Program Associate. She will be supporting our grantees and Portfolio Directors, as well as sourcing pipeline. Here is a message from Lindsey with a little more background about herself and her journey to the Peery Foundation...

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Shifting Accountability from the Funder to the End User

“Which part of the Spark process has been the most beneficial?” I asked a mother in the Waroco Paco village in northern Uganda after a community meeting. She responded, “The government advocacy training. We now know how to approach our officials and ask them for what we need.” A year later...

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Semi-Annual Reflections

Last week the Peery Foundation had its team retreat to reflect on the past year, bond as a team, and look towards the future. As a new team member at my first retreat, here is what stood out to me. Take the time to reflect: Who are we and what are we doing here? After a few team bonding activities, one of our first discussions...

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Taking the Plunge into Philanthropy

In July, we welcomed Natalia Schoorl to the team as the new Program Assistant. She will be supporting the Peery Foundation team as they serve grantees, and ensuring the smooth operation of the foundation office and internal systems. Here is a message from Natalia about why she is excited to be at the Peery Foundation...

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