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News / Sep. 29th 2016
The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Steps grant makers can take to prepare for, and manage, disruptions and emergencies that occur when nonprofit projects are underway.

News / Sep. 22nd 2016

As the Clinton Global Initiative prepares to convene its annual meeting for the very last time, many leaders in international development are coming to terms with the loss of one of the most innovative opportunities for maximizing our social impact. The final gathering of this community offers an opportunity for… Read more »

News / Sep. 15th 2016
Independent Sector

Model Partnerships for Impact, Case Studies When short-term funder Open Road Alliance (ORA) and clean water-focused Splash met for the first time, no funding was on the table. ORA asked for the meeting because it wanted to learn. Now, four years and two grants later, the two organizations see themselves… Read more »

News / Jul. 3rd 2016
Detroit Free Press

A Detroit group that gives new life to wood, doors and antique fixtures salvaged from deserted homes is getting its own revival. With no strings attached, Reclaim Detroit said it has received a $100,000 grant after a fire destroyed a workshop, tools and wood saved from more than 100 houses…. Read more »

News / May. 24th 2016

Nonprofits and their funders need to plan for—and budget for—unforeseen events that can disrupt worthy projects.

News / May. 12th 2016
Exponent Philanthropy

Many philanthropists these days consider themselves at the cutting edge of innovation and problem-solving. Perhaps at a programmatic level we are, since through philanthropy we have eradicated age-old diseases, supported mass social movements, and turned around entire cities. Yet despite our modern successes, philanthropists do not have a habit of expecting the unexpected.

News / Apr. 15th 2016
Inside Philanthropy

“Unexpected things happen in the world,” philanthropist and psychologist Laurie Michaels, Ph.D., tells Inside Philanthropy. Most nonprofits, though, aren’t prepared for the sharp curves that they may meet.

This is a problem, which is why Michaels founded the Open Road Alliance to meet a demand for fast, flexible contingency funding for nonprofits.

News / Mar. 16th 2016
Philanthropy News Digest

  In this piece, Maya Winkelstein, Open Road’s executive director writes about how at Open Road we are learning to think about money not as the solution to problems but as a fungible resource that can be shaped into tools and used to help solve problems.

News / Feb. 15th 2016

  Last fall, I started researching the topic of risk in philanthropy for a conference session. I wrote a post soliciting feedback on the topic and cited a couple of the resources I’d found useful. Some of the best thinking I’ve found comes from the team at the Open Road… Read more »