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Effective Collaboration Requires Clear Communication

Effective Collaboration Requires Clear Communication

To unleash the potential power of partnerships between and among donors, funders approaching from different perspectives need to pay close attention to upfront communication and expectation setting. After more than a decade working to help advance social impact, I believe strongly in the value of donor collaboratives to tackle the world’s most intractable problems.  I […]

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Arabella Advisors Announces Fifth Office in Durham, North Carolina

Arabella Advisors Announces Fifth Office in Durham, North Carolina

Arabella Advisors, a Certified B Corporation that provides guidance and support to the world’s leading philanthropists and impact investors, has announced that the company is opening its fifth office in Durham, North Carolina in the second quarter of 2020. Arabella Advisors will open the Durham office with roughly 20 staff and aims to grow the […]

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Building Connections to Advance Equity in Philanthropy

Building Connections to Advance Equity in Philanthropy

Fellowships are popular in the philanthropic community, and in other sectors, as a tool for advancing equity and diversity. Here are some reflections on what I’ve gained by participating in them—and how funders can help increase their impact. Recently, I had the privilege of speaking on a panel at the 2019 Unity Summit with others […]

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People, Partners, and Platforms: The 3Ps that Energize Philanthropy

People, Partners, and Platforms: The 3Ps that Energize Philanthropy

Last summer, I published a report called “Moving Beyond Theories of Change,” designed to help more funders and social innovators go from big bets to big builds (as Inside Philanthropy recently put it) by means of what I’ve previously called “strategic implementation.” The report is built around a framework that the Arabella team uses as […]

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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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