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On Gratitude, For Thanksgiving, by Gioia Perugini

What can I do to help? It’s a familiar refrain, sometimes expressed to a neighbor going through a difficult time, or to a colleague at work, or in the face of a natural disaster. It’s a question we hear all the time when advising clients on their philanthropy. Whether the topic is hunger or climate change, donors want to know how to translate a pressing but broad concern into specific, effective giving.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Invests More Than $1.5 Million to Support Collaborations Working for Age-Friendly Policies

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced investments of more than $1.5 million to move communities toward achieving age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on the most vulnerable, and include older adults in the process.  The investments represent collaborative work among more than 200 organizations.  

IRS Withdraws Controversial Rule after Backlash

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) backed down from a controversial rule that would have pressured nonprofits to collect the Social Security numbers of their donors. The backlash persuaded the IRS to withdraw the proposed rule after it received nearly 38,000 comments, including a letter signed by 215 charitable organizations that warned they cannot possibly safeguard the Social Security numbers of their donors.

"Bottoms-up" Approach to Strategic Planning

Take a moment to imagine yourself as the executive of a small non-profit attending an information session with a major funder who has recently launched a new strategic plan. You’re anxiously awaiting word on how your non-profit fits into this new plan, one with a racial justice lens, and you’re a bit overwhelmed by the proposition that this meeting could signal a drastic change to the partnership you’ve had with a long-standing funder and “partner.”  


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