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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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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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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Warts and All: Funder Feedback Q2 Report

Cycle 5 of our Funder Feedback rounded up on June 30th. The first part of the Funder Feedback tool asks respondents to rate us out of 5 across 3 behaviours: 1) Respectfulness, 2) Consistency, 3) Value (as in value we provide in interactions). Each quarter we've been doing consistently well on "Respectfulness", and, ironically, have some small variance in...

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The Housing Crunch

I’m sitting at Starbucks off of East Bayshore in East Palo Alto for the third time this week. Since joining the Peery Foundation nearly two years ago, I’ve had over 50 meetings with community members, educators, parents and students here. It’s almost impossible to walk in and not know any one. At a table close to the register...

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The Attitude of Gratitude

When I was a kid, my parents forced me to write thank you notes after every birthday and Christmas. I HATED doing it. I struggled to find something creative to say beyond “Thank you for the sweater. I can’t wait to wear it. Hope to see you soon.” [in reality, I was returning that so-not-cool sweater for a store...

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The Value of Time

What if you could calculate the value of the time you ask of your grantees? Would knowing the value of their time change what you asked of them? What if you found out they are 'spending' more then they 'earn' going through your grant making process? A few weeks ago we attended a workshop run by Jane Leu (PF...

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A Glance at the PF Team Through Email Metrics

This past January, the Peery Foundation team got out of the office for our semi-annual retreat. It was two intense (but obviously rewarding) days of brainstorming and discussing how we define our role as individuals and as a foundation. One of my roles at the Peery Foundation is to make sure that while...

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Funder Feedback: Cycle 4 Report

We rounded up cycle 4 of Funder Feedback on March 31st. In cycle 3 we received one or two critical comments, but the majority of comments were about what grantees liked about working with the PF. In cycle 4 I think people are beginning to trust that it's truly anonymous. How do I know? Because we got more critical feedback. Woohoo! This is where the real value in Funder Feedback lies...

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