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What comes after “strategic...?” If you said, “planning,” you’re not alone. And for many leaders of community foundations, especially small ones who don’t have the time or money for a big process, anxiety is the feeling that follows. If that’s the case, this guide is for you.

Donating money to modify public thinking and government policy has now taken its place next to service-centered giving as a constructive branch of philanthropy. Many donors now view public-policy reform as a necessary adjunct to their efforts to improve lives directly. This book was written to help donors navigate the obstacles of public-policy philanthropy.

Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking

In Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together, GrantCraft looks at how funders approach building capacity with grantees. Through examples from foundations ranging in size, mission, and geography, we explore various strategies for capacity building and the types of awareness that funders can choose to incorporate in decision making to facilitate informed, thoughtful judgments about strengthening organizations.

Audience: All Funders

Developed by the Southern Law Poverty Center, the guide (available in pdf and website formats) provides advice and suggestions for responding to everyday bigotry in a variety of settings-- among family, among friends and neighbors, at work, at school, and in public.

Audience: All Funders

From the Commonfund, these white papers on investment policy statements, spending policy, board governance and risk tolerance, together with their most recent studies of investments at private and community foundations, operating charities and nonprofit healthcare organizations are made available though CNJG's Investment Forum for Foundations and Endowments.

Audience: All Funders
Topic: Finance

These models provide examples of advocacy-focused efforts that could have useful implications for funding collaborative communications strategies and infrastructure in grassroots organizing groups.

Nonprofits can and should play an active role during elections, particularly by educating and activating voters. However, with important local, state and federal elections coming up this fall, nonprofits should take the time to remind their staff about appropriate activity during a political campaign or at any other time.

Topic: Public Policy

The Standards for Excellence code provides a framework and step-by-step guidelines to achieve a well-managed and responsibly governed nonprofit organization.

JK Group, a leading software and value-added services provider for corporate philanthropy has released a white paper that addresses the current state of corporate philanthropy and offers employers key insight on how they can build robust giving campaigns that resonate with employees, drive engage

Audience: Corporate Giving

Trends and Strategies to Engage Employees in Greater Giving finds that companies are creating new giving models to attract younger employees and to ensure their programs remain relevant and vibrant.

Audience: Corporate Giving

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