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Publication Date: May, 2010

The use of program-related investments, or PRIs, is somewhat rare, but expanding. A new analysis from the Foundation Center documents the who, what, how and where of recent foundation PRI activity.

Resource Type: Research
Audience: Executive Staff
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: May, 2010

A joint study by Convio, Edge Research and Sea Change Strategies analyzing mobile trends and adoption rates across Gen Y, Gen X, Baby Boomers and Mature donors.

Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: May, 2010

The Economic Scenario Planning (ESP) Model, or "Stress Test," allows community foundations to create five-year forecasts to answer questions such as: What will be the impact of different investment performance scenarios on asset levels?

Audience: Executive Staff
Topic: Finance
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: May, 2010

Fueling Impact describes how community foundations are finding new sources of support and diversifying their revenue base

Resource Type: Research
Topic: Finance
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: May, 2010

This study finds that foundations responded to the economic crisis in a targeted and timely manner, with grants directed toward communities with the most need.

Resource Type: Research
Topic: Grantmaking
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: May, 2010

Seven tips for running a successful family foundation by Advisor Perspectives.

Resource Type: Best Practice
Audience: Family Foundation
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: April, 2010
African American family foundations have grown in number and in popularity, at least in part due to the fact that African Americans expressly prefer giving to organizations that are close to them and that aid their community.
Resource Type: Research
Audience: Family Foundation
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: March, 2010

Chapin Hall's work on embedded philanthropy began in 2003, as an outgrowth of a long-standing research program on philanthropy and community change.

Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: March, 2010

This report summarizes a survey of 459 nonprofit staff members who were already using social media at their organizations. Idealware asked the staff members what tools they were using and how effectively they thought those tools were meeting particular goals.

Resource Type: Research
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2010

Memorandum on the Do's and Don'ts of Corporate Foundation practice prepared by Clark Hill PLC for the Council of Michigan Foundations.

Resource Type: Best Practice
Audience: Corporate Giving
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2010

How to measure the value and results of corporate philanthropy remains one of corporate giving professionals’ greatest challenges. This report offers a review of recent measurement studies, models, and evidence drawn from complementary business disciplines as well as the social sector.

Resource Type: Research
Audience: Corporate Giving
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2010

These guides are designed to help foundations consider how more diverse and inclusive practices might advance their mission by making their work more effective and more reflective of communities served. By highlighting 10 ways foundations can approach diversity, this guide seeks to spark ideas and launch further dialogue.

Resource Type: Best Practice
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: December, 2009

In this guide, contributors share strategies for structuring a collaborative to fit its purpose, building strong relationships and resolving conflicts, and figuring out if the collaborative you're in is working.

Resource Type: Case Study
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: December, 2009

From the Aspen Institute's Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, this report provides examples of foundations that decided to spend down their assets within a set period of time instead of existing in perpetuity.

Resource Type: Case Study
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: December, 2009

Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best: Benchmarks to Assess and Enhance Grantmaker Impact is the first ever set of measurable guidelines that will help foundations and other institutional grantmakers operate ethically and maximize the impact of their dollars.

Knowledgebase
Publication Date: October, 2009

A User's Guide to Advocacy Evaluation Planning was developed for advocates, evaluators, and funders who want guidance on how to evaluate advocacy and policy change efforts.

Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: August, 2009
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.
Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking
Funding Area: Women and Girls
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: June, 2009
This brief explores the world of nonprofit mergers and alliances from a donor-focused perspective.
Resource Type: Issue BriefingResearch
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Finance
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: April, 2009

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.

Resource Type: Research
Audience: Family Foundation
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: March, 2009
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.
Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking

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