What You Need to Know About Citizens United and Democracy

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled, in Citizen’s United v. Federal Elections Commission (commonly referred to as Citizens United, and here as “CU”), that corporations and unions can spend money on electioneering – supporting candidates directly and asking people to vote for them. Citizens United, a tax-exempt 501 (c) (4) organization proposed airing negative videos about Hillary Clinton.

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We’re Thinking About November 7

Monday, July 16th, 2012


We’re entering a new fiscal year – this weird thing that happens to organizations but not people – so while most of us think we’re in the middle of the year, organizationally we’re just beginning again. This fiscal year is …

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The Lesser-Known SCOTUS Ruling

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has dominated nearly every domestic news cycle this week, and with good reason. You've undoubtedly heard some chatter about the landmark cases just decided within the last five days, regarding the constitutionality of both The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or "ObamaCare" to some) and Arizona's controversial SB 1070 Immigration Law. But have you heard about Montana?

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Are you a shareholder? Then you can be a shareholder activist

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Barbara HeislerThese days it seems like our nation is being driven by a bunch of corporations hell-bent on doing whatever they want in pursuit of every penny of profit, no matter what the cost to the rest of us. But, if you own stock in those corporations, you can join other stockholders to tell them to clean up their act.

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What “No Small Change” Really Means

Friday, June 1st, 2012


By: Drew Zimmerman,
Friday, June 1st, 2012 11:00 AM

On the heels of the latest No Small Change video, I got to thinking, what does “No Small Change” really mean? Perhaps Three Rivers Community Foundation board member Linda Dickerson …

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In My Lifetime – The Politics of Marriage Equality

Friday, May 11th, 2012


By: Drew Zimmerman
Friday, May 10th, 2012 11:03 AM

Wednesday marked a groundbreaking moment, as President Barack Obama became the highest-ranking official in our Nation’s history to endorse marriage equality, in an exclusive interview with ABC News. This, in …

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The Hawai’i People’s Fund is the first to celebrate 40 years!

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

This year Hawaii People’s Fund celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Unlike many of its sister funds within the Funding Exchange, Hawaii People’s Fund was not founded by a few wealthy progressives. It was built by the grassroots and…

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FEX Fights for Lobbying Expenditure Disclosures Through Shareholder Resolutions

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

In January, together with a group of over 40 institutional investors, led by Walden Asset Management and AFSCME, Funding Exchange announced a new set of shareholder resolutions to 40 companies urging them to report on lobbying expenditures, including indirect funding …

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FEX Lauds Funders for LGBTQ Issues New Report Documenting 40 Years of LGBTQ Philanthropy

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

On behalf of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, author Tony Bowen penned a report documenting 40 years of LGBTQ philanthropy, just released.  Since 1982, when 10 foundations provided $215,000 for LGBTQ issues, Funders for LGBTQ Issues has been advocating within philanthropy …

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The FEX Model of Grantmaking

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Barbara Heisler’s article on the FEX Model of Grantmaking is featured in the Winter 2011 edition of Responsive Philanthropy.


Thanks to the Member Funds profiled for providing information, and to the FEX editors (you know who you are!)…

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