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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
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: March, 2009
There are many ways to start a giving circle. These 10 steps can give you a starting point and a basic roadmap.
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: March, 2009

This report includes the first ever set of measurable guidelines that will help foundations and other institutional grantmakers operate ethically and maximize the impact of their dollars. It attempts to answer the questions: What differentiates an exemplary foundation from the rest of its peers?

Resource Type: Best Practice
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: February, 2009

An online searchable database of vetted consultants with experience working with grantmakers.

Resource Type: Website
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: February, 2009

The Rural Development Philanthropy Learning Network is a diverse group of community foundations and funds, and philanthropic and rural development organizations that exchange experience, knowledge and skills to increase rural assets and improve rural livelihood.

Resource Type: Website
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2009
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
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2009
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.
Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2009

A report from the Rose Foundation on lessons learned from six years of grassroots grantmaking.

Resource Type: Case Study
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2009

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.

Resource Type: Research
Audience: Family Foundation
Topic: Public Policy
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: December, 2008
An interview conducted by The Nonprofit Quarterly with Kelvin Taketa, President and CEO of the Hawai’i Community Foundation, and Chris Van Bergeijk, HCF’s Vice President of Programs, in which they discuss nonprofits, philanthropy, and the nature of collaboration.
Resource Type: Presentation
Audience: All Funders

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