What is Spring thinking about?

Explore opinions, new ideas and strategies that inform our work towards social and climate justice.

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Becoming Spring: Mountains, Movements and More

A Message from our founder and CEO,
Ellen Sprenger

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10 things progressive funders must learn from conservative ones, or we are all screwed

A must read article with 10 points of what progressive funders can learn from conservative funder.

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Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy

A new grantmaking approach is needed—one that provides enough money for nonprofits to pay for all their operations, not just programs and services. The first step toward achieving that is for grantmakers to realize that different types of nonprofits have different cost structures.

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The End of the Grant Era

The changes in the funding landscape are fast and furious, especially for organizations that promote equality, human rights, and climate justice. We are increasingly witnessing efforts by governments and big corporations to silence dissent or clamp down on foreign funding.

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Rethinking Funding for Women's Rights

How to build greater financial resilience and strength in your organization.

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New Delhi is Safer Thanks to Manas Foundation

Manas Foundation, based in New Delhi, India, shares how participation in Spring's Financial Innovation and Resilience (FIRE) program led to a breakthrough in financing with more than a quarter-million auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers trained in prevention of sexual harassment as a result.

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Debunking the Overhead Myth

While progressive funders and social justice organizations are considered partners in their goal to advance social and environmental justice, there is one area where these two communities experience ongoing tension - Overhead and the role it plays in advancing the mission of an organization.

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