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Publication Date: July, 2015

Case study from Philanthropy New York documenting the formation, challenges and ultimate success of the Education Funders Research Initiative – an unusual funder collaborative that brought together funders for and against charter schools, funders with different views of testing and accountability, and funders with vastly different approaches to supporting education reform to identify and advance shared priorities. 

Resource Type: Case Study
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: June, 2015

The Healthy Kids Healthy Communities report shares how the project increased children’s access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity through changes in community policies, systems, and environments.

Resource Type: Research
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: May, 2015

The 86,000 private foundations with less than $50 million in assets account for 98% of all foundations in the United States; however, data about this “super majority” is scant because most private foundation research looks only at the wealthiest 2% of grantmaking philanthropies.

Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: February, 2015

In Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together, GrantCraft looks at how funders approach building capacity with grantees. Through examples from foundations ranging in size, mission, and geography, we explore various strategies for capacity building and the types of awareness that funders can choose to incorporate in decision making to facilitate informed, thoughtful judgments about strengthening organizations.

Resource Type: Best PracticeResearch
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2015
Beth Kanter is a frequent contributor to many nonprofit technology web sites and magazines, Beth has authored chapters in several books, including "Psychology of Facebook Applications," and "Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission: A Strategic Guide for Nonprofit Leaders."
Resource Type: ResearchWebsite
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2015

Developed by the Southern Law Poverty Center, the guide (available in pdf and website formats) provides advice and suggestions for responding to everyday bigotry in a variety of settings-- among family, among friends and neighbors, at work, at school, and in public.

Resource Type: Best Practice
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: December, 2014

As a follow-up to our Giving in Indiana study (released earlier this year), Indiana Philanthropy Alliance is pleased to share this snapshot of promising practices for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in Indiana philanthropy.

Resource Type: Research
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: November, 2014

Between the complex array of government programs, the many nonprofits organizations that have been created to serve post-9/11 veterans, and a lack of understanding of the needs on the part of civilians, it is hard to know if veterans are getting what they need. This edition of What Funders Need to Know explores some of the unique characteristics and circumstances of post-9/11 veterans and why philanthropy should support the nonprofit organizations that are serving them well.

Resource Type: Issue Briefing
Funding Area: Veterans
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: November, 2014

Community foundations are beginning to deepen and shift how they work, adopting an anchor mission that seeks to fully deploy all resources to build community wealth. Moving into territory relatively uncharted for community foundations, they are taking up impact investing and economic development — some in advanced ways, others with small steps. This report offers an overview of how 30 representative community foundations — including The Seattle Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation — are working toward adopting this new anchor mission.

Resource Type: Issue Briefing
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: November, 2014

Grantmaking at the Crossroads is a workbook designed to provide foundations with a new grantmaking methodology that works at the intersection of place, population, and issue.

Resource Type: Sample Document/Template
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: November, 2014

n 2004, a group of foundations came together to create a funder collaborative in support of Freedom to Marry’s state-by-state strategy to win marriage equality. Over the following 11 years, this unique collaborative and its funding partners invested a total of $153 million to support a wide range of activities across the country to change hearts and minds on a massive scale — and ultimately to deliver a historic win for equality and love.

Resource Type: Case Study
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: October, 2014
These models provide examples of advocacy-focused efforts that could have useful implications for funding collaborative communications strategies and infrastructure in grassroots organizing groups.
Resource Type: Best Practice
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: September, 2014

Technology Affinity Group and the Grants Mangers Network's 2014 Grantmakers Information Technology Survey Report concludes that funders are floundering with technology tools.

Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Technology
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: September, 2014

Foundations Facilitate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Partnering with Community and Nonprofits, a report by the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, confirms that foundations can, in fact, facilitate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through their grantmaking processes and their partnerships with nonprofits—and identifies eight specific practices for foundations to emulate.

Resource Type: Issue Briefing
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: August, 2014

Building Power through Data-Sharing: Issues and Opportunities for Environmental Health and Justice Funders, a new report from Health and Environmental Funders Network, explores ways funders can build power in their fields through investments in data-sharing.

Resource Type: Resource Guide
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Technology
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: August, 2014

Planning to Win: The Just Enough Guide for Campaigners uses a six-step process to help organizations and coalitions build effective plans that lead to winning behavior, corporate or policy change campaigns.

Resource Type: Resource Guide
Audience: Corporate Giving
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: July, 2014

This newly released toolkit from The Monitor Institute aims to help community philanthropy organizations apply innovation and design methodologies to think creatively about their business models and the broader future of the field.

Resource Type: PresentationResearch
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: June, 2014

Nonprofits can and should play an active role during elections, particularly by educating and activating voters. However, with important local, state and federal elections coming up this fall, nonprofits should take the time to remind their staff about appropriate activity during a political campaign or at any other time.

Resource Type: Best Practice
Topic: Public Policy
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: June, 2014

Released in June 2014, this report lays out a vision and a bold plan of action to maximize the potential of philanthropy and the private sector to increase opportunity for boys and young men of color that benefits the entire country.

Resource Type: Issue Briefing
Audience: Board/Trustees
Funding Area: Public Social Benefits
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: June, 2014

How the government can partner with impact investors to unleash new capital, talent and energy for maximum impact.

Resource Type: Research

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