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Donor Briefing: Responding to the Impacts of the Federal Government Shutdown

Donor Briefing: Responding to the Impacts of the Federal Government Shutdown

On Thursday, January 17, Arabella Advisors co-hosted a webinar for donors, designed to examine the effects of the federal government shutdown on federal government workers as well as many of the most vulnerable in our society–including those who rely on federal food assistance and other government programs to help them make ends meet. The webinar […]

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Reflecting on More Than a Decade in Philanthropy

Reflecting on More Than a Decade in Philanthropy

Each year at this time, we pause to reflect on the past 12 months and look forward to the next 12, taking note of the inspiring work we get to do with our remarkable partners and teammates. This year, though, I found myself thinking less about the past 12 months than about the past 13 years—the time since […]

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After the Elections, Keep Investing in Civic Engagement

After the Elections, Keep Investing in Civic Engagement

After months of unprecedented energy, citizen participation, and investments of every kind, the 2018 midterm elections are behind us. Beyond the still-developing stories of the individual races, these elections saw several important developments for our democracy, including a nationwide wave of new and diverse candidates, a dramatic increase in first-time voters, and a raft of […]

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Confronting the Prison-Industrial Complex

Confronting the Prison-Industrial Complex

Philanthropists can help address over-incarceration in America and the serious harm it does to communities by supporting efforts to better understand and confront the network of companies that currently profit from the US prison and detention system—what criminal justice experts call “the prison-industrial complex.” With 2.3 million people in confinement and nearly three percent of […]

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What Good Is a Philanthropic Advisor?

What Good Is a Philanthropic Advisor?

[Editor’s note: Kate McAdams originally published this post on LinkedIn.]   I get this question fairly frequently: “Is a philanthropic advisor an actual profession?” Why yes, yes it is. And I’m proud to say I am one. Recently, I was able to reflect on my experience when Fidelity Charitable sought my input on the development […]

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Advancing Health through Affordable Housing (and Vice Versa)

Advancing Health through Affordable Housing (and Vice Versa)

Location, location, location. As any real estate agent can tell you, where you live goes a long way toward determining how you live—by determining your access to quality schools, appropriate healthcare, reliable transportation, clean air, stable employment, and more. Yet all too often, people can’t access affordable housing in communities where these other types of […]

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