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Resources from Building Community Power: Democracy at the Local Level

Publication date: 
10/2017
In an October 4 Webinar, we introduced funders to new efforts in California to reimagine democracy at the local level. These new tools for community power and democracy are broadening political participation for traditionally disenfranchised groups, expanding civic engagement beyond elections, and creating new platforms for making government more responsive, accountable, and equitable.
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The State of Change: An Analysis of Women and People of Color in the Philanthropic Sector

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08/2017
As the leading voice for philanthropy, the Council on Foundations is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as a core policy and fundamental operating principle in the philanthropic sector. This report, The State of Change: An Analysis of Women and People of Color in the Philanthropic Sector , helps inform strategies that support DEI efforts.
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Resources from Break Through the Noise with Active Listening and Smart Resurfacing

Publication date: 
07/2017
At a July 11 event, Northern California Grantmakers together with Atlantic Media Strategies (the digital consultancy of The Atlantic) explored how to join conversations at the moments that matter most to audiences by anticipating and responding to trending topics. Today, it’s harder than ever to grab—and keep—audiences’ attention. Actively growing, engaging, and listening to audiences is critical for organizations hoping to keep pace in a competitive media landscape.
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Resources from ComNetworkSF | Connecting with Audiences in an Uncertain Age

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07/2017
ComNetworkSF, a local group of The Communications Network, and Northern California Grantmakers together with Atlantic Media Strategies (the digital consultancy of The Atlantic) convened to take a look at the modern media mindset today in a July 12 program. We are in a time of unprecedented uncertainty—as an industry and as a nation. During times of ambiguity, audiences crave understanding. Foundations and nonprofits of all kinds are grappling with how can they emerge as trusted sources in the face of today’s chaotic media and political landscape. We explored how foundations and other...
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Heartwired: Human Behavior, Strategic Opinion Research and the Audacious Pursuit of Social Change

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04/2017
Advancing positive and lasting social change in a world that grows more complex each day is hard. Understanding how we break through to our most critical audiences — and developing messages that respectfully and authentically connect with their lived experiences — has become essential to inspiring people to come together to create this change.
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Resources from Funding Bolder Advocacy

Publication date: 
03/2017
Advocacy is often the most effective—yet misunderstood—strategy in the philanthropy toolbox. This event helped participants to better understand their foundations' rights to fund or engage in public policy, which was led by advocacy law expert Sara Matlin from Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy project . This document is the slides from the March 9, 2017 workshop titled Funding Bolder Advocacy.
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Resources from: A New Vision For Comprehensive Capacity Building (A GEO special feature)

Publication date: 
01/2017
We know that grantmakers can bolster nonprofit effectiveness and results by supporting capacity-building initiatives, thus ensuring their grantees have what they need to deliver on their missions over the long haul. As part of GEO and NCG’s partnership, we’re happy to offer this dynamic and comprehensive workshop, which tackles the essential questions that drive the design of effective capacity building support. Developed with information and insights gathered over many years of working with grantmakers on this topic, A New Vision for Comprehensive Capacity Building takes participants on a...

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