Philanthropy

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In Case You Missed It: 'The Totally Unfair and Bitterly Uneven' Recovery

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….

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In Case You Missed It: Rising Tides Lift Whom?

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."

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In Case You Missed It: The Post Labor Day Blues

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.

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In Case You Missed It: The 'Superstar Economy'

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.

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In Case You Missed It: McWage Wars and Austerity

In this issue, the fight over fast food worker pay, views on wealth, poverty by congressional district, and the challenges of the “new philanthropy.”

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In Case You Missed It: Locating the American Dream

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."

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Challenge to the Field: What’s in too many names?

Heron Fellow Rodney Christopher asks the social sector to come up with a better umbrella term for enterprise-building capital grants.

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Field Notes: Impact and Risk

Today we’re hearing from others in the field on the tricky relationship between impact and risk.

Publications
A Letter from the President Concerning the Current Economic Crisis

A Letter from the President Concerning the Current Economic Crisis

The current economic crisis is hurting just about everyone, but these are particularly painful times for individuals, families, and organizations in low-income communities. While it is encouraging that the new Administration’s top priority is revitalizing our economy, most “experts” are predicting a slow and uneven recovery from this downturn. Given that these are anxious times, we thought it would be useful to communicate with our customers about the Heron Foundation’s response.

Publications

Expanding Philanthropy: Mission-Related Investing at the F.B. Heron Foundation

An essay by Michael Swack Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire