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Publication Date: April, 2008
An April 2008 analysis by the Forum of the relationship between giving circles and their host organizations; accompanies a handbook of tools for considerations when hosting a circle.
Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: April, 2008
This comprehensive report shares the experiences of donors that provided funding following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and offers a blueprint for future philanthropic intervention following such disasters.
Resource Type: Best Practice
Audience: All Funders
Funding Area: Disaster Response/Relief
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: March, 2008
A sample document detailing the core values of the Betty and Davis Fitzgerald Foundation including restrictions on participation on nonprofit/grantee boards.
Resource Type: Sample Document/Template
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: March, 2008
An overview on the self-dealing law, including definitions, common problem areas, exceptions, penalties, and resources.
Resource Type: PresentationResearch
Topic: Governance
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: February, 2008
This toolkit from North Carolina Network of Grantmakers gives practical information on establishing a fellowship program to support the next generation of foundation leaders.
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2008
The Forum's handbook of tools and resources for giving circle host organizations, including tools for deciding whether to host a giving circle, key questions to ask and a checklist of giving circle and host duties.
Resource Type: Resource Guide
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2008
This book takes a no-nonsense look at the intricacies of establishing successful partnerships between nonprofit organizations, between nonprofits and for-profit companies, and between nonprofit organizations and governmental entities.
Resource Type: Best PracticeResearch
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2008

Sample job descriptions for positions at a Corporate Foundation or Corporate Giving Program.

Resource Type: Sample Document/Template
Audience: Corporate Giving
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2008
Sample board committee descriptions, including roles and responsibilities of committee members
Resource Type: Sample Document/Template
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: November, 2007
Resource for top officers who sign the Form 990-PF to understand the important safeguards they should undertake before signing the tax return.
Resource Type: Issue Briefing
Audience: Family Foundation
Topic: Finance
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: November, 2007

The Rural Philanthropy Knowledge Center contains practical information on how to start and manage a rural fund, and other useful resources on how to grow philanthropy in rural areas.

Resource Type: Research
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: October, 2007
This resource monograph developed by Philanthropy Ohio provides brief case studies of several partnerships in which foundations play or have played a pivotal role, beyond funding to convening, advocacy and technical assistance.
Resource Type: Best PracticeResearch
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: August, 2007
In this report, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy explores the disparity in giving between urban and rural nonprofits, and how geographical isolation and capacity-building needs greatly reduce the ability for rural nonprofits to secure funding. The report offers substantive recommendations on ways to make philanthropy more responsive to rural America.
Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: May, 2007
This toolkit is designed to walk you through some of the key steps and choices to consider as you establish or grow your fund, reflecting lessons and experience gathered from existing funds and foundations in Black, Asian, Arab, Latino and Native-American communities.
Resource Type: ResearchResource Guide
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: May, 2007
Sample job descriptions for positions at Community Foundations.
Resource Type: Sample Document/Template
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: May, 2007

Sample job descriptions for positions at private foundations.

Resource Type: Sample Document/Template
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: May, 2007

A sample form used by a foundation's board of directors to evaluation the chief executive officer.

Resource Type: Sample Document/Template
Audience: Board/Trustees
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: May, 2007

All online communities and social networks that rely on users to contribute content or build services share one property: most users don't contribute. Find out how participation inequality can affect your blog or online community from Jakob Nielsen.

Resource Type: Presentation
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: April, 2007

For tax preparers of the 990-PF, highlights those areas most commonly completed incorrectly and provide explanations and directions for proper completion.

Resource Type: Best Practice
Audience: Executive Staff
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: April, 2007
This tool for unstaffed foundations includes an accountability self-assessment and a legal checklist. It is divided into nine topic sections, each of which is divided into three levels, which can help foundations tailor the tool to meet their specific interests and needs. Also included are an Excel spreadsheet to help tabulate responses, an extensive accountability resource list, and a glossary of key words and concepts used in the tool.
Audience: Family Foundation
Topic: Governance

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