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Publication Date: June, 2014

This publication from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations offers a framework for thinking about how to measure progress and results in place-based and community change initiatives. 

Resource Type: Research
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: June, 2014

The Standards for Excellence code provides a framework and step-by-step guidelines to achieve a well-managed and responsibly governed nonprofit organization.

Resource Type: Best Practice
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: May, 2014

When considering how to improve health outcomes for low-income individuals, most people think about providing access to good medical care and keeping the cost of that care as low as possible. What people rarely think about is the connection between good health and quality affordable housing. This edition of What Funders Need to Know explores these connections and highlights some promising practices by both government and business that help low-income individuals get housed, stay healthier, and lower overall costs.

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

The National Center for Family Philanthropy and Youth Philanthropy Connect, a program of the Frieda C. Fox Foundation, have joined together to bring new resources to the field of philanthropy focused on engaging the next generation of donors and family members. Igniting the Spark: Creating Effective Next Gen Boards is the first publication of its kind, offering a comprehensive overview of the growing practice among family foundations and donor advised fund holders of using next generation boards.

Resource Type: Issue Briefing
Audience: Family Foundation
Topic: Governance
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: April, 2014

Despite a field replete with research, analysis, recommended policies and practices — not to mention an abundance of educational programs and frameworks for grantmaking to diverse communities — philanthropic leaders have been slow to advance these values in their foundations.

Resource Type: Presentation
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: April, 2014

In this new monograph, Philanthropy Northwest board member Daniel Kemmis explores the sometimes-fraught relationship between philanthropy and democracy. Beginning with a wide-ranging stroll through the shared history of philanthropy and democracy, Kemmis examines the current post-Citizens United landscape and asks whether philanthropy can and should do more to strengthen the infrastructure and practices of democracy.

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

This W.K. Kellogg Foundation resource guide provides individuals and organizations with access to extensive learning materials, tools and data on racial inequities, their impact on communities of color and the process for healing racial wounds so that communities can work together.

Resource Type: Research
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: March, 2014

Sample bylaws for Community Foundations.

Resource Type: Sample Document/Template
Topic: Governance
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: March, 2014

Sample conflict of interest policies for Community Foundations.

Resource Type: Sample Document/Template
Topic: Governance
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: March, 2014

Why is the food system important to philanthropy? Because hunger, food insecurity, nutrition-related chronic disease, the health of resource lands and waterways, wages, and equal opportunity in the food economy all converge in our regional food system.

Resource Type: Issue Briefing
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2014
Trends and Strategies to Engage Employees in Greater Giving finds that companies are creating new giving models to attract younger employees and to ensure their programs remain relevant and vibrant.
Resource Type: Best PracticeResearch
Audience: Corporate Giving
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2014

This piece captures five key insights to guide organizations as they develop ongoing Measurement, Learning, and Evaluation plans to achieve greater social impact.

Resource Type: Best PracticeResearch
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2014
How does the public view philanthropy? Explore a humorous, fast-paced video of public interviews from the Minnesota Council on Foundations.
Resource Type: Presentation
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2014

In a 2013 survey, funders were asked about the biggest transparency challenges they faced. The highest response was “not enough clarity around practical steps for being transparent.” This guide from GrantCraft & Glasspockets is helping foundations open up with clear action steps.

Resource Type: Issue BriefingResearch
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2014

Updated publication from CFLeads focusing on resident engagement for community foundations.

Resource Type: Best Practice
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: December, 2013

Communities thrive when people are housed comfortably, safely, and affordably. This is especially true for children. And when children thrive, their educational and other outcomes are more likely to be positive. Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers' What Funders Need to Know looks at the connection between stable housing and educational outcomes.

Resource Type: Issue Briefing
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: November, 2013

This case study examines the experience of the Corporation for Supportive Housing as it worked with the nonprofit consultancy AchieveMission to understand and adopt better human capital management plans and practices.

Resource Type: Case Study
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: November, 2013

A key objective of the Scaling What Works initiative has been to translate insight and learning from grantmaker intermediaries involved with the Social Innovation Fund and share them with the broader philanthropic community. The fifth guide in the Lessons Learned series presents the benefits and challenges of partnerships between local and national funders, and highlights key considerations for both kinds of funders to foster success in their collaboration.

Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: November, 2013

This report explores how 18 organizations raise and spend money and the role that reach and engagement play in their efforts to connect with audiences and derive revenue from those connections.

Resource Type: Case Study
Audience: Program Staff
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: October, 2013

D5′s State of the Work 2013 features lessons learned from executives of the American Express Foundation, the Baltimore Community Foundation, Access Strategies Fund, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation,...

Resource Type: Case Study

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