Why I Do What I Love

While I was growing up just outside of Washington D.C., my parents and all-girl’s college-prep school instilled a strong sense of service that has followed me throughout my life. I was surrounded by confident and accomplished women personally and academically who inspired me with their achievements. I decided then...

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Getting on the Same Page

At a recent conference (yes, another one! I get inspiration talking to grantees that attend), I met the leader of an educational non-profit in New Orleans. After about 5 minutes of conversation, he cut straight to the chase, “Okay, so what is it that you all [read: funders] want to see from us?” He was talking generically, trying to get...

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Risk & Rebuilding

I’m writing this a few days after the earthquake in Nepal and I can’t stop thinking about Haiti. I’m thinking about how more than five years after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, conditions remain deplorable there despite a global outpouring of support that has totaled more than $13 billion. I am thinking about the human toll...

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Namaste Nepal

I had a much more light-hearted blog ready to go but couldn’t bring myself to post it after the disaster in Nepal. Nepal and its people hold a special place in my heart ever since I crossed the friendship highway from the majestic Tibetan plateau through the mighty Himalayas and into Nepal back in 2002.

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Dispelling the Poverty Monster

I was an hour and half outside of Kisumu, Kenya talking to 130 young men at their school when I heard something that surprised me –“Should your girlfriends and female friends take contraceptives, to protect themselves and their futures?” I asked. “No. Contraception is for older people, if girls take it they...

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Reflections on Risk

In philanthropy, we often talk about risk. How much are we willing to take? How do we strategically plan to minimise it? Can we mitigate it entirely? Are we taking enough? How do we manage it? As funders there is a risk to our brand if we make bad decisions about who and how to fund. Risk to our professional reputations...

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First Impressions With The Peery Foundation

Part of my job as Program Assistant at the Peery Foundation is to field calls and general emails that come into the office.  I love to talk to people that are passionate about their work and strive to make the world a better place. Here is an informal list of observations of what makes a successful first call with us...

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Now We Are 5

Did we break the record for longest hiring process ever? Probably not, but after 1.5 years of interviewing and searching for the right candidate it certainly felt like we should have earned a world record. On January 2nd we welcomed our fifth team member, Jayson Morris. Jayson will be heading up our Regional and...

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Initial Impressions of Life on the Foundation Side

At the beginning of January, Jayson joined the Peery Foundation as our Social Entrepreneurship Portfolio Director, overseeing our Regional and Global Portfolios. Jayson comes to the foundation having worked for nearly 10 years helping to grow several international nonprofits, including Room to Read, one of the fastest growing nonprofits ever. After 7 years helping Room to Read...

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New Program Assistant at the Peery Foundation!

Hi, I’m Jocelyn! Here’s a little background on why I love the work we do here and what I’ve learned in my short time thus far. Before starting at the Peery Foundation, I attended and graduated from the Monterey Institute of International Studies with a Master’s in International Policy Studies. During the course of my studies I took two workshops, “How to Start Your Own Social Enterprise”...

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‘Why are you still funding in East Palo Alto?’

Recently, while attending a conference in Colorado, we were asked to break into smaller table groups. I was stunned to learn that many individuals from all over the country had either heard of East Palo Alto or used to work directly in the community. Excitement pulsed through me – I was about to make connections with others that felt as passionately as I did about EPA!

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Grantee-Centric: A Different Kind of Philanthropy

What if foundations mostly gave unrestricted funding instead of dictating how grantees could spend their grants? What if foundations kept supporting grantees who performed instead of ending funding because the “grant cycle” had ended? What if foundations ditched the whole system of soliciting grant proposals and focused on proactively searching for great grantees? 

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Cash Flow Wizardry for Small and Growing Nonprofits

If you are the Executive Director/CEO of a nonprofit, guaranteed this is a busy time of year. Likely you are deep in the throes of finishing your 2015 budget, and getting your board to approve it before everyone moves into full holiday mode. It is also a happy time of year because holiday gifts are coming in, as well as good news on grant application processes started much earlier...

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A Conversation With Vittana's Former COO

The Peery Foundation has funded Vittana since 2008 with grants totaling over $600,000, with our last grant going out to Vittana after their announcement was made to close Vittana's doors. Kate, and I sat down for a reflective virtual chat about what we could both learn from Vittana's story given the grantee-grantor relationship between Vittana and the Peery Foundation.

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Big Bang

Last week I was in Fort Colins in Colorado, at the annual Big Bang gathering. Thankfully, the weather was delightful so my CA-light wardrobe was not tested for CO-winter readiness—it would have failed…Big Bang Philanthropy is a collaborative group of like-minded funders who all give at least $1M annually to global poverty solutions, more particularly to “impact driven”...

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