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Publication Date: April, 2007

Online resource from Free Management Library, includes a guideline and agenda for board training sessions.

Audience: All Funders
Topic: Governance
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: April, 2007

How can grantmakers measure if communications for social change are working? Find guidelines for measuring social change and explore case studies with varying levels of success from the Communication for Social Change Consortium.

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

What does effectiveness mean to foundations? Explore definitions, challenges, and tips for evaluating foundation effectiveness.

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

What is participatory communications and what role can it play in the development process? Explore 50 stories and profiles where communications played an essential role in empowering communities for social change from the Communication for Social Change Consortium.

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

Sample conflict of interest policy, as outlined by the Internal Revenue Service.

Resource Type: Sample Document/Template
Topic: Governance
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: April, 2007

Online news service for state public policy information from Pew Charitable Trusts; focus on important state-level issues such as healthcare, tax and budget policy, the environment, welfare reform, and more.

Resource Type: Website
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Public Policy
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: April, 2007

Foundations must give serious thought to how much should be given away today and what should be saved for the future.

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

Does collaboration have intrinsic value? Explore the potential and pitfalls of partnership for achieving foundation's goals through a case study analysis from the Wallace Foundation.

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

This guide was developed by a joint working group of the Council on Foundations and the European Foundation Centre. It identifies eight principles of good disaster grantmaking and offers a number of tips to help grantmakers address disasters more effectively, including facts and figures about recent major disasters around the world and a list of useful disaster information websites.

Resource Type: Best Practice
Audience: Corporate Giving
Funding Area: Disaster Response/Relief
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: March, 2007
Across rural America, people are joining together to do something new and different. They are launching and growing community endowments. Community endowments resemble savings accounts that grow over time. Local residents are using the interest earned on these community endowments—and the local energy and leadership that come from building them—to improve the quality of life for people, organizations and the places they call home.
Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: March, 2007
A broad study commissioned in 2007 by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers of the characteristics, benefits, and impact of giving circles across the country.
Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: March, 2007
Turn organizational knowledge into action with models for knowledge sharing, proven strategies, and a six-step framework to market knowledge effectively from Bob Tobin, Williams Group.
Resource Type: Presentation
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Technology
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: March, 2007

How can foundations move from interest to action in developing media relations? Read about key lessons learned from the Foundations Media Relations Project, an effort to boost the media capabilities of five regional associations.

Resource Type: Best PracticeCase Study
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: March, 2007

Should your organization be in the spotlight? Learn how to engage the media and turn your cause into a newsworthy event from the Nonprofit World.

Resource Type: Best Practice
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: March, 2007

Looking for advice on grant proposal writing? Explore a tutorial on the basics of writing a grant proposal from the Minnesota Council on Foundations.

Resource Type: Sample Document/Template
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: February, 2007

How much is appropriate to spend on administrative expenses? Learn how major differences in operating characteristics can affect expense levels in this comprehensive report from the Urban Institute.

Resource Type: Research
Audience: Executive Staff
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: February, 2007

Sample crisis communications readiness checklist from from Al Czarnecki Communications; focus on ten things to put into place prior to a crisis.

Resource Type: Sample Document/Template
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2007
Amid the growing public scrutiny of philanthropy in recent years, legislators, the media and the general public are taking a closer look at foundations’ administrative expenses. This article offers some guidance to help foundations manage, benchmark and report their administrative expenses in ways that can effectively demonstrate and ensure they are spending their dollars wisely to fulfill the public trust.
Audience: Family Foundation
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2007
The heightened focus on nonprofit accountability in recent years has spurred calls for foundations and public charities to have adequate policies and procedures in place to ensure sound governance. One such policy that has become a recommended best practice for the sector is a whistleblower protection policy, yet most nonprofits still don’t have one. Here are some basic issues to consider when developing a whistleblower protection policy for your grantmaking organization.
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Governance
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2007
The following resources provide more information on the study of philanthropy, a relatively new field of academic interest.
Resource Type: Resource Guide
Audience: All Funders

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