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Publication Date: December, 2018

The Foundation Center compiles Foundation Landscapes that combine multiple resources, including data visualization tools, original research, and more to illuminate critical issues in philanthropy. This page, focused on racial equity, includes a collection of research, upcoming trainings and webinars, news articles, and blog posts from experts in the field. 

Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Funding Area: Racial Equity
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: October, 2018

In the latest edition of Giving in Numbers, research of corporate social investment has found that leading corporations are intensifying efforts to meet key societal needs around the world. It is based on data from 252 companies and not only presents a profile of corporate philanthropy and employee engagement, but also includes a Trends Summary that highlights the prominent features of corporate societal investment.

Resource Type: Research
Audience: Corporate Giving
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: October, 2018

These two reports show the human and economic toll of the opioid and tobacco epidemics and chart out recommendations for educators, employers, health providers, and effective policy.

Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: July, 2018

After more than 15 years promoting grantmaker practices that support nonprofit results, GEO is convinced that a strong culture inside foundations is critical for effective philanthropy. It’s virtually impossible to operate as an ally and partner to nonprofits if you are working inside a foundation whose values and culture run counter to that spirit.

Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: July, 2018

Achieving race equity — the condition where one’s racial identity has no influence on how one fares in society — is a fundamental element of social change across every issue area in the social sector. Yet the structural racism that endures in U.S. society, deeply rooted in our nation’s history and perpetuated through racist policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages, prevents us from attaining it. The impact of structural racism is evident not only in societal outcomes, but in the very institutions that seek to positively impact them

Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Funding Area: Racial Equity
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: July, 2018

There is great interest among grantmakers in demographic data, but no consensus or shared purpose yet on what data should be collected and how it should be used. This preliminary research on demographic data collection serves to create a baseline understanding of where the field is in demographic data collection that covers both the process of data collection and current use of demographic data.

Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Funding Area: Racial Equity
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: July, 2018

Based on survey responses of 205 leaders of nonprofit organizations with annual expenses between $100,000 and $100 million, Nonprofit Diversity Efforts: Current Practices and the Role of Foundations provides a collection of data on topics such as how diversity relates to the work of nonprofits and what demographic information nonprofits and funders alike are collecting — and how that information is used. The data in this report can inform foundation leaders and staff as they consider how they can most helpfully engage with their grantees on the topic of diversity.

Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Funding Area: Racial Equity
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: July, 2018

Bolder Advocacy is a program of the Alliance for Justice – a national association of 130 organizations that are united by a commitment to a fair, just, and free America where everyone has equal access to justice and can fully participate in our democracy.

Resource Type: Website
Topic: Public Policy
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: July, 2018

This report from Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy examines the thoughts and feelings of early- and mid- career practitioners on philanthropy and their futures in it. 

Resource Type: Research
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: July, 2018

Produced as a part of its Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC) Initiative, this infographic highlights the needs of the more than 1 million trans people in the United States and notes the current scale and scope of funding for trans issues. 

Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: June, 2018

Media Impact Funders partnered with Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy to produce this case study report that surfaces pioneering funding practices in journalism.

Resource Type: Case StudyResearch
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: June, 2018

For philanthropy to advance equity in all communities, especially low-income communities and communities of color, it needs to be able to understand the demographics of the organizations being funded (and declined), the people being served and the communities impacted. That data should be used to assess practices and drive decision making. 

Resource Type: Best PracticeResearch
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: May, 2018

This publication provides a wealth of background and program ideas for improving rural mobility through existing and emerging technology. It offers insights about what’s already working and what is possible from the perspective of providers and thought leaders. It is a general introduction tailored for funders but useful for anyone. It does not require a background in technology or aging.

Resource Type: Best PracticeResearch
Audience: All Funders
Funding Area: Seniors/Aging
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: April, 2018

This publication is a companion white paper to Mobility & Aging in Rural America: The Role for Innovation: An Introduction for Funders. It examines rural mobility through a lens of technology and across a longer timeframe.

Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Funding Area: Seniors/Aging
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2018

Sample job descriptions for President and CEO or Executive Director positions at community foundations.

Resource Type: Sample Document/Template
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: November, 2017

This research presents the first updated understanding of the current landscape of giving circles and similar models of collective giving or giving collaboratives in the United States in over 10 years. 

Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: November, 2017

Top 10 findings from a three-part study of giving circles, their impact and their relationship with their hosting organizations significantly updates our understanding of the current scope, scale and significance of giving circles and other models of collective giving in the U.S. Additionally, this study deepens our understanding of the impact of participation in giving circles on donors’ giving and civic engagement and offers actionable information related to the relationships between giving circles and their hosting organizations.

Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: September, 2017

Fund the People created this toolkit to provide practical guidance, promising practices, and illustrative data to help funders, nonprofits, and others to maximize investments in the nonprofit workforce.

Resource Type: Resource Guide
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: August, 2017

We all have questions on security at our nonprofit organizations. This month CTO Matt Eshleman walks you through writing or updating an official policy – the questions to ask and the main issues your security policy needs to address.

Resource Type: Presentation
Topic: Technology
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: June, 2017

This workbook to help you think through specific policies to manage your nonprofit’s risk. It contains prompts to help you create and document policies for the acceptable use of technology and networks, personal devices for work, how to provide IT guidance to “accidental techies,” how to respond to an IT incident, and how to recover your technology after a major disaster.

Resource Type: ResearchResource Guide
Topic: Technology

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