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Increasing Equity in Grant Making

Increasing Equity in Grant Making

The disruptions of 2020 shined a bright light on gaps and inequitable power dynamics that too often limit philanthropy’s ability to achieve its desired impacts. Specifically, the deep inequities exposed by COVID-19 and the ongoing movements for racial justice exposed in a new way a system-wide challenge that many had already recognized: the need for the philanthropic community to reflect on and reconstruct grant-making systems and processes that are products of white-dominant culture and that tend to reproduce rather than redress inequity. In far too […]

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Cynthia Breunig and Girl Scouts of America

Cynthia Breunig and Girl Scouts of America

In the sixth episode of Arabella Advisors’ podcast series, Arabella Managing Director, Sharyn Church, spoke to Cynthia Breunig, President and CEO of Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio. The two share a deep friendship, a love of art and service, and insights based on decades of working with women, girls (and Girl Scouts!) to transform communities and lives. Here are some soundbites from their conversation:  “[My father was in the military for 40 years, […]

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Our Next “Future of the Social Sector” Webinar

Our Next “Future of the Social Sector” Webinar

In the wake of 2020’s society-wide displacements, Arabella Advisors has launched a series of virtual convenings, conversations, and publications focused on the future of the social sector and philanthropy’s role in it. Our first event brought together hundreds of funders, investors, activists and frontline changemakers for a conversation on ”What Comes Next for Philanthropy” with a focus on how the field can better build and embody racial equity.     […]

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How Philanthropy Can Strengthen Rural Communities

How Philanthropy Can Strengthen Rural Communities

Funders who are serious about tackling systemic inequities may find they can increase their impact by broadening their reach to include the many, often-neglected rural communities across the United States. Although one in five Americans live in a rural area, only 6 percent of foundation grants target such communities. Rural areas also tend to be […]

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Charisse Conanan Johnson and Next Street

Charisse Conanan Johnson and Next Street

In the latest episode of Arabella Advisors’ podcast series, our CEO, Sampriti Ganguli, spoke to Charisse Conanan Johnson, Managing Director of Next Street, about building capital for typically and systemically underserved communities and business owners. Here are some soundbites from their conversation:  “[I was raised by] a teacher and a nurse, and they enforced in me a belief of pursuing a life […]

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Sustaining Support for Racial Equity: Three Reflections from Our First Convening

Sustaining Support for Racial Equity: Three Reflections from Our First Convening

Philanthropy has reached a transitional moment. In the wake of 2020’s disruptions, the sector has an opportunity to reflect on and refine its role and to help drive transformational change. But what are the right next steps to take? With that question in mind, Arabella is convening a set of virtual convenings, conversations, and publications […]

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