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Reflections on Opportunity Collaboration 2017

Another incredible week in Mexico at Opportunity Collaboration (OC) has come and gone - and yet not gone:  Anyone who has experienced this “unconference” is forever changed by the experiences, relationships, and deep learning that is uniquely OC.  In celebration of this time with beloved kindreds, we offer our unique reflections on the week. But [...]

By | 2017-11-05T18:32:58+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Big Announcement

Dear Friends and Colleagues, These are exciting times at Black Fox Philanthropy and we wanted you to be among the first to know!  Wait for it…. Black Fox Philanthropy was founded in 2013, born out of Natalie Rekstad’s fierce passion for positive impact in the world.  Since that time, we’ve grown, added team members and [...]

By | 2017-08-24T21:33:04+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

PEACE CORPS: A New Era of Possibility through Documentary Film

Republic of Mali, West Africa, 1993.  Twenty-three year old Alana DeJoseph followed the village midwife through the African night with only a kerosene lantern to light winding paths leading to a small, round, mud hut where a young Malian woman reclined stoically. Inexperienced, scared, and resolute, Alana did more than show up as a Peace [...]

By | 2017-05-06T20:25:04+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Philanthropist Profile|0 Comments

The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur

by Natalie Lynn Rekstad, Founder & CEO, Black Fox Philanthropy Jonathan at a San Francisco Book Launch earlier this month In The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur, Jonathan Lewis does more than inspire readers to “kick injustice in the ass, twice” through social entrepreneurship; he describes his own unfolding as a social justice warrior, weaving [...]

By | 2017-07-19T22:54:29+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Fundraising|0 Comments

Jacques Sebisaho, Wisdom and Warriorship by the Awful Grace of God

Written by Natalie Lynn Rekstad Cold sweat pours over the blindfold in the sweltering Rwandan heat of midday.  Exposed throat constricted, heart beating wildly, his hands bound painfully behind the trunk of the teak tree that would be the last physical connection to his homeland, to earth.  Engulfed in darkness and weak from torture, the [...]

By | 2017-12-21T03:10:17+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Philanthropist Profile|0 Comments

The Mindful Warriorship of Gretchen Ki Steidle

Written by Natalie Lynn Rekstad Raised in a conservative, nomadic military family headed by an authoritarian father with a strong sense of duty, Gretchen Ki Steidle spent her early years in a constant state of upheaval.  With the nature of a seeker, and the resiliency of a military daughter, she forged a path of exploration and [...]

By | 2017-12-21T03:10:37+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Philanthropist Profile|0 Comments

Philanthropist Profile: Jim Nowak, dZi Foundation

Written by Natalie Lynn Rekstad As the youngest of five children in a family headed by a physicist father and an outnumbered mother, Jim Nowak had a boyhood rich with freedom. He used his independence to engage the world as a classroom, bringing to his education both curiosity and determination, qualities that were to be [...]

By | 2017-12-21T03:12:01+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Philanthropist Profile|0 Comments

Erik Schultz of Thriive: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy in the Developing World

Written by Natalie Lynn Rekstad Erik Schultz grew up in Southern California, a first-generation Norwegian-American born into privilege as a result of his father’s successful pursuit of the American Dream.  Along with the tenacity and discipline that built their wealth, his father brought to America the deep love and reverence for nature that is a [...]

By | 2017-04-26T19:27:48+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Philanthropist Profile|0 Comments

How to Find & Prioritize Qualified Grant Prospects

In our work with global NGO leaders, we’ve noted a few things that keep our clients awake at night: Weak pipeline of new major funding sources; The organization is in an ongoing cycle of urgency in fundraising; Not enough hours in the day or clones to get everything done. While we don’t have any secrets [...]

By | 2017-03-29T18:17:59+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Fundraising|0 Comments

Opportunity Collaboration: The Second Time’s The Charm

By Vanessa Pierce, Chief Strategist and Director I find that Opportunity Collaboration (OC) is a little hard to describe to people who haven’t experienced this week-long convening of global delegates in Mexico to leverage ideas, resources and innovations, all in service of a common audacious goal: tackling the complexities of global poverty through collaboration. When friends [...]

By | 2017-03-14T22:24:04+00:00 January 5th, 2017|For Funders, Fundraising|0 Comments