JOIN | Early Childhood Funders Webinar on Neonatal Care

On March 18th, funders are invited to join the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative (ECFC) and Einhorn Collaborative for a discussion with Columbia University researchers on the findings of the COVID-19 Mother Baby Outcomes (COMBO) Study, a research initiative launched in spring of 2020 to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on mother-infant health. This funder discussion will focus on the study’s findings and how funders can support on-going efforts to understand the impact of the pandemic on early childhood wellness. Register here.

READ | “Is Dialogue Enough to Bridge Racial Divides?” by Lennon Flowers

The co-founder and executive director of The Dinner Party and The People’s Supper reflects on her experience supporting the people of Erie, PA through the process of recognizing and addressing their racial and economic disparities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial justice protests of the summer of 2020.

READ | “People in More Diverse Countries Are Less Prejudiced” by Jill Suttie

A new study finds that people in diverse communities feel a greater sense of commonality with others – and have greater well-being, too, which highlights the benefits of America’s diversity.

READ | “’We Are Still Sick, and We Are Ready to Act’ A Covid Community Struggles to Be Born.” By Pato Herbert and Dr. Alexandra Juhasz

Two professors from NYU and Brooklyn College share reflections on COVID-19’s unending recovery and the process of finding support and solidarity among those who have also survived this grueling disease.

READ | “Break Open Not Apart” by Courtney Martin

Martin encourages us, in this time of overwhelming heartbreak, to break open our supple hearts, to expand our capacity for many forms of love.

READ | “How to Do Great Journalism on Polarizing Issues Instead of Making Things Worse” by Hélène Biandudi Hofer

The author shares four ways journalists and columnists can use intentional listening, complexity appreciation, and relationships to effectively counter confirmation bias and build public appreciation for difficult issues.

LISTEN | Ira Hillman and Dr. Katie Beckmann Discuss Demystifying Philanthropy on the Reach Out and Read Podcast

Philanthropy touches our lives on a daily basis, but the decision-making process by those who hold the so-called ‘purse strings’ can be seemingly shrouded in secrecy. Dr. Katie Beckmann from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and Ira Hillman from Einhorn Collaborative, go behind the scenes to help demystify the world of philanthropy.

READ & WATCH | “It’s All About Relationships: Systems-Based Changemaking” by John Esterle, Malka Kopell, and Palma Strand

Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) published a co-authored commentary that highlights the role of relationships in complex systems. This piece is expanded on in a follow-on webinar featuring comments from our Building lead Jonathan Gruber, here

READ | “The Pandemic is Fueling a Crisis of Connection. The Next Surgeon General Should Tackle Both.” by Niobe Way, Rick Weissbourd, and Marc Brackett

The authors urge that we must continue to wear masks and stay six feet apart, even as a growing number of people get vaccinated. Just as urgently, we need to change our culture so that we value the we over the me. That means recognizing that our social, mental, and physical health are intimately intertwined.