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Not every effort needs a nonprofit! Fiscal sponsorship, as an alternative and when done responsibly and responsively, can offer far more than a corporate umbrella and administrative services, at least when the groups in question are working in the same realm.
“Big Bet” philanthropy has gotten a lot of press lately, and, indeed, the dollar amounts here are somewhat staggering in the nonprofit world, but the Blue Meridian initiative has some special design aspects that deserve a thoughtful response from readers.
Building on its success with a similar program in New York City, the foundation has announced two-year unrestricted grants and management development support for 262 small to mid-sized arts groups in six U.S. cities.
When the Social Innovation Fund started, it was heralded as a way to promote the scaling of innovative practice. Six years later, findings about the results are deemed merely “promising.” Is the major finding really that putting more money into already relatively large, well-capitalized organizations creates quicker movement forward?
The challenge of creating affordable housing in rural America involves a combination of local creativity and state and federal subsidy, but the best source of those federal subsidies remains a question to be resolved by Congress and the White House.
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