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These profiles highlight the economic importance, diversity, and community impact of the charitable sector in each of the 50 states.

Audience: Policy Makers
Topic: Public Policy

As nonprofit funding of news grows, what are the best practices for ensuring editorial independence? API has published two sets of broad guidelines of best practices, one for funders and another for nonprofit media organizations, which are the product of more than two years of work exploring the question.

The William Penn Foundation commissioned a study to move beyond the anecdotal and see if and how students benefited from being involved in some of its grantee arts programs. The research by WolfBrown, working with Johns Hopkins University, showed that participating in the arts help students develop traits that contribute to later success in life. Younger students especially showed measurable growth in characteristics like tolerance for other points of view, an understanding that hard work can develop their knowledge and abilities, and their motivation to achieve.

Audience: All Funders

The Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice outlines 33 principles of sound practice for charitable organizations and foundations related to legal com

This book is provides profiles of programs with positive results, including IBM’s P-TECH program and efforts at Valencia State College, and philanthropy guidance on possible points of entry in assisting “middle skill” job development.
 

Audience: All Funders
Topic: Technology
Traditionally, funders have asked grantees to report on compliance with grant requirements. But these reports don't show the difference a grantee is making with a funder's money. This report looks at how leading grantmakers are tackling the transition from compliance reporting to performance management.
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking
In partnership with the National Center for Family Philanthropy, CNJG members have complimentary access to Family Philanthropy Online — a web-based knowledge center that provides practical advice and knowledge on a variety of relevant topics.
Audience: Family Foundation

The Healthy Kids Healthy Communities report shares how the project increased children’s access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity through changes in community policies, systems, and environments.

The 86,000 private foundations with less than $50 million in assets account for 98% of all foundations in the United States; however, data about this “super majority” is scant because most private foundation research looks only at the wealthiest 2% of grantmaking philanthropies.

Audience: All Funders
Under-resourced communities are going without because nonprofits can't meet demand. Americans —particularly those in low-income communities—are still struggling to secure jobs, affordable housing, and healthcare. Nonprofit Finance Fund’s 2015 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey focuses on the underlying causes of these dynamics by exploring the programmatic, financial, and operational issues facing nonprofits across the U.S.
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking

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