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Menstrual Health Is Essential to “Build Back Better” Beyond COVID-19

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Menstrual Hygiene Day this year (May 28) holds particular significance. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing challenges related to menstrual health and hygiene and is set to deepen inequities for women and girls around the world.

In the latest FSG blog, Laura Amaya shares why #ItsTimeForAction on #MHH.

Rethinking Outcomes in a Crisis Context

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How can foundations ensure that the process of evaluating outcomes is useful and least disruptive? In this critical time, many philanthropic organizations are shifting the ways in which they are supporting grantees.

"Some of the changes instituted might be so effective that they become standard practice in the future. Who knows—perhaps we will look back on this time and wonder why we didn’t do things differently before the pandemic. It feels like anything is possible today."

SSIR: Big Structural Change

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FSG co-founder and managing director Mark Kramer reviews Rebecca Henderson’s Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire, which outlines five ways we can reform capitalism to overcome climate change, inequality, and the collapse of democracy.

SSIR: How Foundations Can Make Progress on Long-Term Social Change Amid the COVID-19 Crisis

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By learning from this crisis and others before it, foundations can do more—individually and as an alliance—to identify and prepare themselves and their partners for major threats in the future and their impact on long-term efforts to solve serious social problems. Doing so will help ensure that the opportunities for innovative solutions created by a crisis today become the building blocks of a more just world tomorrow.

Foundations: Remember Special Education in Your COVID and Post-COVID Investments

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To help U.S. philanthropy understand how to best deploy COVID response efforts that are inclusive of students requiring accommodations in public education, FSG sought counsel from leaders of three organizations that work to ensure equitable access for special education students: Lindsay Jones of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD); Lauren Morando Rhim of the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS); and Heather Graham of Oak Foundation.

Four key themes emerged from the interviews:

Staying Agile in the Age of Lockdown

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For about a year now FSG has been exploring how we can more effectively deliver on our work to help our clients create social impact. When COVID-19 hit, many of those practices went out the window and we’ve needed to evolve quickly.

We’re also thinking about how our response might help catalyze the equitable systems change we crave. In our latest blog, senior knowledge manager Caitlin Darisse offers 6 practices and behaviors you can use in your own company to weather the pandemic.

Seven Key Issues Affecting Women and Girls During the COVID-19 Pandemic—and What You Can Do About Them

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic has affected millions around the world, few groups have been as negatively impacted as women. FSG's latest blog outlines seven key issues disproportionately affecting women and girls, and provides guidance for how individuals and organizations can minimize gender inequities exacerbated by the pandemic.

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Foundations Can Increase Payouts: Here’s How

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In these times of crisis, foundations have an opportunity to help by increasing their payout.

The payout decision should never simply default to the 5% floor. It should be a decision made annually that balances investment returns and inflation with the foundation’s charitable purpose and the timely needs of those it serves.

Read why it's OK to pay out more than 5%, from FSG co-founder Mark R. Kramer >

The Impact of COVID-19 on CSR Funding for Indian NGOs

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic reached India, the focus of NGOs and CSR funders has been—correctly—on addressing immediate relief activities, from providing supplies to migrants to giving targeted support to end-beneficiaries. However, this near-term work may have an unintended adverse long-term impact on NGOs, especially those with significant CSR funding.

In Case You Missed It: The Corporate Response to COVID-19

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If you missed the webinar, Leading and Learning in a Time of Crisis: The Corporate Response to COVID-19, you can still catch up.  

This webinar features three social impact leaders, sharing how their companies are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the challenges they're experiencing and what they're learning. 

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