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Women's Giving Circles: Reflections from the Founders adds the valuable perspective of personal narrative to understanding the growth of giving circles over the past ten years. Focused on the motivations, challenges, and opportunities of the 18 giving circle founders interviewed, the booklet is a testament to two factors that propelled this grassroots phenomenon – media interest and the powerful women’s social network.
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking
This brief explores the world of nonprofit mergers and alliances from a donor-focused perspective.
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Finance

This study of family foundations in 2008 summarizes key findings regarding how many active family foundations are planning to spend down or exist in perpetuity (or have not yet made a decision), and examines their motivations and decision-making.

Audience: Family Foundation
Released by the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, “The Impact of Giving Together” specifically examines the impact of giving circles on members’ giving and civic engagement.
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking
MergeMinnesota, published by MAP for Nonprofits is a merger resource to help nonprofits better understand not only mergers, but also other forms of realignment.
Audience: All Funders
This brochure will explain why grantmaking within communities of color is important, how racial, ethnic and tribal philanthropists structure their giving, and how you can support these donors.
Audience: All Funders

This research documents how 15 nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles County and their allies leveraged foundation grants to secure nearly $91 of benefit for every dollar spent for Los Angeles citizens.

Audience: Family Foundation
Topic: Public Policy

Learn about the challenges associated with executive transitions and opportunities for funders to better cope with executive management transitions from the Annie E Casey Foundation.

Audience: All Funders

Find a collection of resources on the how-tos of building your organization's budget.

Audience: Non Profit Staff
An April 2008 analysis by the Forum of the relationship between giving circles and their host organizations; accompanies a handbook of tools for considerations when hosting a circle.
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking

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