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Posted by: Rebecca Graves on 8/6/2014
Pride Foundation is the largest LGBTQ community foundation in North America and a Northwest leader in the pursuit of equality for the LGBTQ community.

In November of 2012, Washington state voted to legalize same-sex marriage through a ballot referendum. One year prior, after thoughtful deliberation by the board on whether and how Pride Foundation should engage in advocacy, the community foundation took action and played many roles to support a victory for marriage equality at the ballot box. At an important moment in time, they stepped out and led a statewide public education campaign - mobilizing donors to make contributions; engaging donors as messengers; helping volunteers bring friends, family and colleagues together; and serving as a resource to appropriately connect individuals to the political work and/or the education campaign.

Posted by: Veronica Borgonovi on 7/22/2014

What does rock climbing have to do with social change?

Posted by: Patty Russell on 7/6/2014
Three years after making the decision to invest in Dallas’ working poor, guest bloggers Sarah Cotton Nelson and Wende Burton of Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) reflect on the role of emergent strategy and how modest investments in system fitness can catalyze a community dialogue (moderated by Patty Russell).

Posted by: Gregory Hills on 5/21/2014

A hot topic at the CECP Summit this year was the role companies should play in collaborative efforts. In a jam-packed room, I had the pleasure of representing FSG on a lively panel with Citi Foundation CEO Pam Flaherty moderated by CECP Executive Director Margaret Coady.

Posted by: Marc Pfitzer on 4/16/2014

By Simon Meier and Marc Pfitzer

We can all think of philanthropic giants who have dedicated their immense personal wealth to creating lasting social change. But not all philanthropy is necessarily large scale. Did you know that shoulder lines on roads are the result of Dr. John Dorr’s, an American industrial chemist and philanthropist, relentless campaigning? Dorr noticed that the number of accidents increased significantly at night and during bad weather as drivers hugged the central line on roads. Having tested and proven the effectiveness of shoulder lines in reducing the number of accidents on one highway, Dorr successfully campaigned to get the lines adopted nationally, thereby preserving the lives of countless drivers. Today, shoulder lines have gained universal acceptance.

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