Nuts & Bolts: The Uses & Limits of Data as We Work in the San Joaquin Valley
In this post, we discuss our efforts to better integrate data as we try to understand the opportunities and challenges facing the San Joaquin Valley.
In 2018, Dana Bezerra became the new president of Heron. However, Dana has been at Heron for 13 years in total, starting as a program officer in 2006. She’s seen Heron grow and change and is now sharing her guidance, leadership, and lessons learned as we focus on the intersection of communities and capital markets. In this podcast episode, we ask Dana to reflect on her first year as president, and share what’s next for Heron.
General operating support can provide nonprofit organizations with the flexibility to plan, innovate, and pivot in their work. So, why don’t more foundations provide general operating support as part of their grantmaking strategies? In this post, we chat with Mary Jo Mullan, a former and longtime member of the Heron team, about the importance of general operating support.
We’re launching a new series called “Questions We’re Asking This Week” that catalogs some of the inquiries we’re chasing in order to help people and communities help themselves out of poverty.
Pension liabilities can be a detriment to community prosperity, while pension funds can be a source of power for workers. With those dynamics in mind, here are a few pension-related questions we’re asking this week.
If your brains haven’t melted from the excessive heat, I have more must reads for you this week. First we have a pair of opinion pieces on morality and the market—very good food for thought for those of us thinking about impact investing.
In this issue, a discussion of poverty and hunger in America, rumblings on the minimum wage, whether capitalism is brutal and the "charitable industrial complex."
In this issue, the fight over fast food worker pay, views on wealth, poverty by congressional district, and the challenges of the “new philanthropy.”
This week we look at the link between poverty and inequality, the role of wages and unemployment, and some thoughts on whether it's time to change the Rules.
For this week’s must reads, we start with a set of videos from Heron’s July data meeting on how to better measure social and financial performance of enterprises, regardless of tax status, in order to be a better investor.
In this week's must reads we have a speech from Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to the AFL-CIO, in which he says, "emerging from the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes is an all hands on deck situation." We also have this piece from economists Michael Goldberg and Roman Frydman on whether current economic theory is up to the challenge of addressing today's market issues. And finally we have an article from Heron's president, Clara Miller, who in Nonprofit Quarterly discusses how a "lack of capital can sink an enterprise just as it seems to be taking off, even when revenue is pouring in the door."
Your editor’s fantasy of the week is that someday so many people will be economically prosperous, and markets and governments so functional, that philanthropists will have to occupy their time bringing joy to the chronically ill and funding the arts because otherwise there will be nothing to do. It’s a good dream but there’s much to work still to be done….
In this issue, discussion on whether the best and brightest are shunning Wall Street, more government austerity, and how to think about “good jobs.”
This week we have thinking on poverty and the shutdown, the limits of markets and philanthropy, and how the scarcity of basic needs, such as money, food and time, literally makes your brain hurt.
In this week’s issue, there’s thinking on the nation’s job and austerity doldrums, the new impact-investing frontier, and how big money—including philanthropy—contributes to democratic turmoil.