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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.

Posted by: Rebecca Graves on 3/31/2014

Think of the people you know who live paycheck to paycheck.  Whether they see themselves as teetering on the edge or doing OK, they’re vulnerable to what comes next.  If the wheels stay on the bus, the household keeps it together.  When one comes off – due to illness or job loss or increases in expenses like child care – those who have emergency savings or family to rely on can get back on track.  Those who don’t can easily slide deeper into instability and poverty.  In the short term this means missed mortgage payments, missed days at work, or deteriorating health.  In the long term, it can have devastating effects on individuals, families and communities.  Wealth, defined even in its most modest terms, is what helps individuals and families ride out the inevitable uncertainties of life.

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