Kiersten Marek


The Hidden Children: How Lumos is Empowering Social Change for Orphans Worldwide

Ten years into her signature philanthropic endeavor, Lumos, author J.K. Rowling has grown increasingly vocal about her disdain for developing world orphanages that do nothing to address the underlying needs of children and families.


Which Funders are Helping Foster Youth Age Out Successfully?

Aging out of foster care can be a difficult process. With little community support, former foster kids are more at risk for homelessness, arrest and incarceration, and failure to graduate from college.


The Adolescent Brain and Addiction: Funding for Teen Substance Abuse Research and Treatment

Teen substance abuse treatment is an area of youth services that has expanded over the past several decades, and with it, funding for new initiatives, research and programs have also increased.  


Part 2: Grantseeker’s Guide to Early Childhood Education Funders

In our last post, we took a look at several potential funders of early childhood education nonprofits. Now let’s take a look at how to connect with your state’s Early Childhood Education Advisory Council, and why it’s important to do so.


A Grantseeker’s Guide to Early Childhood Education Funders

Times are tough for early childhood education funding, and over the next ten years, they may get even tougher. According to the Urban Institute’s 2015 report, Kids Share 2015, only 10 percent of all government funding goes to children.

El Dorado Juvenile Hall. Photo credit: Max Whittaker


Funders Help Turn the Tide for Juvenile Justice Reform

A new precedent was set recently when Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announced a plan to establish 20 as the age of jurisdiction for the state’s juvenile justice system. This would make Connecticut the first state to presumptively include anyone over 18 in the juvenile justice system.


    Five Principles to Maximize Impact Investing

    “Funder collaboration has not yet risen to the challenge before us,” said Chuck Harris of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF), in a recent conversation with Eye on Philanthropy. I connected with Harris recently, to learn more about the role of impact investing in philanthropy, particularly for children.


    Corporation Helps Kids and Employees Get Ahead Financially

    Financial lessons learned well in childhood tend to sustain themselves into adulthood, and corporate foundations that do asset building and financial education work are growing more attuned to the need to start financial education earlier in a child’s life.


    In Winnetka, Ill., Youth Weigh In on Foundation Decisions

    On Sunday evenings in Winnetka, Illinois, the McKenna family gathers with McKenna Foundation Junior Board members to engage in a process that seldom involves youth: grant making. The Junior Board, comprised of 19 young adults ages 13 to 18, discusses the pros and cons of different potential grantees, based on agreed-upon criteria.