Greater Good Blog

Ideas and insights for funders and investors who want to increase their social or environmental impact.

Inside Philanthropy Looks Inside Arabella

Inside Philanthropy Looks Inside Arabella

Earlier this week, Inside Philanthropy published a new article by Philip Rojc, “Big Builds: A Look Inside Arabella Advisors.” Part of an ongoing series on philanthropic advisory firms and intermediaries, the article notes that philanthropy is “getting more dynamic as donors seek greater sophistication, broader impact, and bolder engagement on public policy issues.” It then […]

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Investing in Rural Civil Society: Three Insights

Investing in Rural Civil Society: Three Insights

Since 2016, increasing numbers of donors interested in social and policy change have begun investing in rural civil society organizing and advocacy infrastructure. This nascent but growing trend reverses a steady 30-year withdrawal by philanthropy from rural funding and base building as it focused almost exclusively on urban communities, issues, and policies. In thus turning […]

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4 Ideas for Making Your Impact Massive: Friendly Advice for a New Generation of Funders, Philanthropists, and Changemakers

4 Ideas for Making Your Impact Massive: Friendly Advice for a New Generation of Funders, Philanthropists, and Changemakers

Arabella Advisors is pleased to be partnering with Jeff Rosenthal as a senior advisor as we extend our reach to a growing number of younger generators and inheritors of wealth, like those within the Summit community. This blog is a first look at the approach to impact we are, together, encouraging these new philanthropists to […]

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Questioning Four Types of Power

Questioning Four Types of Power

Recently, I had the opportunity to present at the Upswell conference, hosted by Independent Sector and targeted toward philanthropy, nonprofit, and other change makers. My session focused on identifying and managing power in social change work, drawing upon a combination of my research on power dynamics in cross-sector partnerships (I’m currently a PhD candidate at […]

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Within Reach: New Vehicles that Bridge Philanthropy and Impact Investing

Within Reach: New Vehicles that Bridge Philanthropy and Impact Investing

For one week in October, impact investors from across America and around the world gather in San Francisco for SOCAP (Social Capital Markets), which describes itself as “a network of investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders addressing the world’s toughest challenges through market-based solutions.” As a team of philanthropic consultants with a passion for impact […]

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Three Opportunities to Drive Change in Education: Themes from GFE 2019

Three Opportunities to Drive Change in Education: Themes from GFE 2019

In late October, I had the privilege to attend the Grantmakers for Education (GFE) annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. The multi-day event brought together funders, educators, nonprofits, and leading thinkers in America’s education sector for insightful panels, thought-provoking breakout sessions, and compelling keynote addresses—all surrounding the common themes of overcoming student adversity, advancing justice, […]

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