In the aftermath of September 11, we struggle to make meaning and move on with a life affirming response. The challenge of creating healthy, compassionate, sustainable communities has never been clearer or more urgent. Yet, the truth of our common humanity is everywhere — witness the compassionate outpouring of strangers reaching out to each other around the world. So, we must ask, what are the implications for our work?

As Ruth McCambridge notes in her reflection “A Suggested Alternative to Threatening Ourselves to Death”, it has become clear to us that it is imperative that as a nation we must become “a participatory part of the world.” We know that many of you are vitally concerned about our national role in a global context and this is reflected in your work. What are some of the concrete steps you have taken to become “a participatory part of the world?” We ask you now to share these practices with us so that we can pass on to others how to inform themselves and take action.

As you begin to think more strategically about your organization’s work, Rick Cohen from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, explores the current and historical impacts that tragedies and crisis have had on giving, grantmaking, foundation and nonprofit behavior. Don’t miss his post September 11 agenda for fundraisers and funders.