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ACT!Quick is a short version of Alliance for Justice’s Advocacy Capacity Tool (ACT!) and is designed to provide a quick diagnosis of the strengths and gaps in organizations’ advocacy skills, knowledge, and practices, and identify areas for strengthening.

Audience: All Funders

Foundation leaders have a unique opportunity to serve as powerful champions of their missions. Partnering with your grantees can amplify your impact. The following guide is designed to help you start having an honest conversation in the boardroom; a conversation about your foundation’s goals, approach, and, most importantly, vision for the future.

Audience: Board/Trustees
Topic: Governance

Capacity building enables nonprofit leaders and organizations to develop the skills and resources they need to improve their work. This publication offers practical guidance and considerations to help grantmakers design an impactful approach.

Audience: All Funders
Getting Started with Social Media: A Strategy Toolkit for Nonprofits is a free toolkit from The Rita Allen Foundation designed to help small nonprofits. It includes useful checklists, worksheets, and tips on how to use data to tell your story.
This guide introduces grantmakers to the benefits of software automation and provides them with tools to use when considering a move to a new grants management system.
Audience: All Funders
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

This Playbook is the comprehensive resource of best practices and innovative approaches to guide the philanthropic community in preparing for and responding to future disasters.

Audience: All Funders
Essentials of Impact Investing: A Guide for Small-Staffed Foundations addresses those challenges and highlights those opportunities. The guide demystifies the process of designing and implementing an effective impact investing strategy, offering advice, tools, and real-world examples of impact investing by foundations with few or no staff.
Topic: Finance
This publication provides information on 11 benefits and conversation-starters about philanthropic advocacy and lobbying. Specifically, it answers your questions about legal rules and provides concrete examples, templates, resources, and tips.
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Public Policy
This toolkit includes a number of tools for Steering Committee Working Groups as they form, determine strategic direction, develop implementation plans, and identify measurement indicators.
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Governance

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