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Publication Date: July, 2013

Employee engagement through cause is a vital means by which to strengthen employee relationships, enhance employee morale and even build critical skill sets and expertise. Plus, employees are hungry for ways to get involved in cause.

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

Looking to upgrade your grants management technology? This chart details major foundation information system providers and their products.

Resource Type: Research
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Technology
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: June, 2013

The purpose of this document is to advance the Hewlett Foundation’s existing work to make their evaluation practices more consistent across the organization.

Resource Type: Best Practice
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: June, 2013

This workbook from Idealware and NTEN addresses the disconnect between the tactical work of collecting and tracking data and the strategic work of defining and using the data for the organization's mission.

Resource Type: Sample Document/Template
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: June, 2013

As older adults are increasingly choosing to age in place, cross-cutting issues are coming to the forefront – the quality of care received by disabled or chronically ill older adults in their own homes, and the quality of the jobs of the caregivers who provide this care.

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

This benchmark report and guide is the first to examine how and what nonprofits are doing with video and what best practices have emerged.

Resource Type: Report
Audience: All Funders
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: May, 2013

This report from the James Irvine Foundation provides practical tools to help you take on leadership roles in your community, with insights and experiences from a variety of community foundations.

Resource Type: Case StudyResearch
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: May, 2013

This presentation by legal and financial advisers at a Washington state community foundation convening covers danger areas for donor advised funds, fiscal sponsorship, and Form 990 issues.

Resource Type: Presentation
Topic: Finance
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: February, 2013

This guide from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors suggests that funders can make their grantmaking more responsive and efficient by combining the concepts of diversity and inclusion with basic due diligence.

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

Expanding Minds and Opportunities is a collection of articles presenting examples of effective practices, programs and partnerships demonstrating the power of afterschool and summer learning opportunities to support student success.

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

Attention to the role of gender is most useful with programs that seek to change unhealthy behaviors, such as reproductive health and teen pregnancy, gender-based violence, substance abuse and educational under-achievement.

Resource Type: Best Practice
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Grantmaking
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: February, 2013

This paper explores community democracy as a cultural choice and a potential organizing system for philanthropy using stories that demonstrate its principles and practices, primarily growing from the experience of northern California communities. 

Resource Type: Research
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2013
A sample conflict of interest form for independent private foundations.
Resource Type: Sample Document/Template
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2013
Snapshot: Trends and Strategies to Engage Employees in Greater Giving reveals the most dramatic shift in employee giving over the past decade.
Resource Type: Best PracticeResearch
Audience: Corporate Giving
Topic: Grantmaking
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2013

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, 2013

Native Voices Rising is a joint research and re-granting project of Native Americans in Philanthropy and Common Counsel Foundation. This report focuses on the practices and challenges of community organizing and advocacy, focusing on the need for increased investment in and sustained support for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.

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

The Ford Institute for Community Building,  a program of The Ford Family Foundation, works to help community leaders learn how to implement local solutions based on principles of effective community building. This paper describes the development and work of the The Ford Institute for Community Building.

Resource Type: Case Study
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: January, 2013

NCRP reports that the current practice of strategic philanthropy typically favors short-term metrics, is largely disconnected from grantees and the communities these nonprofits serve, and usually lacks authentic feedback to inform the strategies. Unless grantmakers explicitly address the needs of underserved communities and invest in policy and community engagement – strategies long practiced by social justice philanthropists – they are unlikely to achieve their goals.

Resource Type: Issue Briefing
Audience: Program Staff
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: November, 2012

This guide by Jonathan Peizer, president of Internaut Consulting, provides tips for evaluating technology grant proposals.

Resource Type: Best Practice
Audience: All Funders
Topic: Technology
Knowledgebase
Publication Date: November, 2012

This case study of the Council of Michigan Foundations' Peer Action Learning Network (PALN) is part of a report from New York University's Wagner Research Center for Leadership in Action. It explores the power of learning communities to build connections and knowledge to increase organizations’ community impact.

Resource Type: Case Study
Audience: All Funders

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