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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Peery Foundation Team Retreat Debrief

Every six months the Peery Foundation team leaves the office for three days for our team retreat. Last week was my third team retreat and decidedly the best. Eat. Work. Eat. Work. Eat while working. Sleep. Repeat. It was great. Each team retreat has a theme that guides our conversations and goals for the retreat...

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Housing: What We're (Trying) To Do

Housing – it’s clearly the issue that East Palo Alto and Belle Haven residents are most concerned about as Facebook’s continuous expansion has attracted foreign investors, driving housing prices higher than they’ve ever been. After learning about housing policies, I wrote a blog post. I’ve continued to plug myself into conversations...

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Privilege and Power in Funding Dynamics

Trust-based relationships. Grantee-centric philanthropy. True partnerships that advance impact for communities. How do we together improve the efficiency, respectfulness, and outcomes of our sector?Recently Jane Leu (previous Peery Foundation grantee, founder of several social ventures and prolific fund raiser), and I...

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Site Visit Success Tips

Having just returned from the Peery Foundation’s first extensive international site visit – a three country, nine organization trip to Africa, it is an apt time to reflect on grantee centric practices for site visits.This was my first site visit on the funder side of the table, having helped to organize over 20 visits and co-host at least half...

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