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How would our nation look today if philanthropic powers had opened their coffers decades earlier to the likes of Fannie Lou Hamer, Silvia Rivera, Yuri Kochiyama and Wilma Mankiller?  

Vanessa Daniel, founder and executive director of Groundswell Fund, puts that rhetorical question to foundations and wealthy donors. Then she follows with a quick retort: We can only imagine what could have been yesterday. But we can certainly impact with our philanthropic support to make a difference today.