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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: Patty Russell on 9/10/2013

Strategic philanthropy has not proven to be the catalyst for change projected by many (including us!). But why? Perhaps as currently conceived, strategic philanthropy falls short of offering the mental models, insight support, and guidelines needed to engage effectively on complex social and environmental problems. We believe more can be done to bring strategic philanthropy to its full potential.

Posted by: Patty Russell on 5/20/2012

“That’s my third basket,” I said to a friend, smiling, as I sat through a presentation at Seattle City Year's “Ripples of Hope” fundraiser last week. Then I raised my paddle.

Posted by: Patty Russell on 9/25/2011

“How can we work in concert with the public sector to grow, sustain and innovate in our communities in a time of shrinking resources?”

Posted by: Patty Russell on 2/17/2011

How do you give? Do you write a check or are you an active participant in solving complex social problems? In the forthcoming book Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World, Leslie Crutchfield, John Kania and Mark Kramer explore how different donors, from individuals to the largest of foundations, have played a more transformational role in solving social issues – beyond writing a check.


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