By Catherine Crystal Foster, CEO and Co-Founder

A curious byproduct of this COVID era is the warping of time. Did that conversation happen just a few months ago, or was it two years ago? Has it really been forever since we gathered in front of the office whiteboard, or does…

By Aude Anquetil, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Magnify Community began as a small and nimble philanthropic innovation lab in late 2018, working with urgency and a three-year time horizon to start to change norms around local giving in Silicon Valley; make local giving easier, more rewarding and high-impact; and catalyze…

By Catherine Crystal Foster, CEO and Co-Founder

The answers range from the personal to the pragmatic. Some givers are motivated by faith or family values. For others, it’s the sense of responsibility that comes from sudden wealth or exposure to need. Still others are moved by gratitude and a desire…

By Catherine Crystal Foster, CEO and Co-Founder

School’s out, and that leaves educators and families both deeply relieved and very concerned. It’s not news to anyone that the last year and a half tested the patience, technical capacity, and creativity of everyone involved with our schools. For many students, it…

By Catherine Crystal Foster, CEO and Co-Founder

Of all the abundant resources we have in Silicon Valley, the most important is our people. Their creativity, talent, drive, and generosity are what make this place more than just a stretch of land between ocean and bay.

Magnify Community has always been…

By Catherine Crystal Foster, CEO and Co-Founder

In good times and bad, food keeps us alive, shelter keeps us safe, but arts and culture keep us human.

When COVID first struck, arts and culture organizations were among the first to close their doors. For more than a year, curtains remained…

Chapter 4: Progress and the Road Ahead

By Catherine Crystal Foster, CEO and Co-Founder

In the spirit of transparent learning, Magnify Community is sharing the next set of our reflections on what we’ve learned from our work to date, as we reach the last phase of our three-year experiment in…

Chapter 3: Lessons and Limits in Donor Organizing

By Catherine Crystal Foster, CEO and Co-Founder

In the spirit of transparent learning, Magnify Community is sharing the next set of our reflections on what we’ve learned from our work to date, as we reach the last phase of our three-year experiment…

Chapter 2: From a Pledge — and a Pandemic — to a Model of Donor Organizing

By Catherine Crystal Foster, CEO and Co-Founder

In the spirit of transparent learning, Magnify Community is sharing the next set of our reflections on what we’ve learned from our work to date, as we…

Chapter 1: Could a Local Philanthropy Pledge Spark a New Norm?

By Catherine Crystal Foster, CEO and Co-Founder

In the spirit of transparent learning, Magnify Community is sharing the next set of our reflections on what we’ve learned from our work to date, as we reach the last phase of…

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