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Real Cost Project: Barriers to Change

"Real Cost Project: Barriers to Change“ is a new report issued by the Real Cost Project, finds that there are deeply ingrained practices, beliefs and perceptions in the philanthropic community that are preventing the adoption real cost funding practices.
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Addressing California’s Emerging Teacher Shortage: An Analysis of Sources and Solutions

After many years of teacher layoffs in California, school districts around the state are hiring again. With the influx of new K–12 funding, districts are looking to lower student-teacher ratios and reinstate classes and programs that were reduced or eliminated during the Great Recession. However, mounting evidence indicates that teacher supply has not kept pace with the increased demand. This report examines indicators of current shortages, discusses their impact on students, analyzes factors that influence teacher supply and demand in California and nationally, and recommends policies to...
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Briefing for the Ohio Philanthropic Community

Read the briefing paper posted by Philanthropy Ohio discussing the local impact of the Orlando Tragedy and suggests ways for funders to support their local LGBTQ communities. Below is a snapshot: Subject: Understanding and responding to the needs of Ohio’s local LGBTQ communities post-Orlando Summary The Orlando mass shooting has ongoing implications for individuals and organizations comprising Ohio’s LGBTQ community Acknowledgment of the impact and opportunities to connect with others are critical to the healing process, but may be difficult to find for many LGBTQ Ohioans...
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Organizational Effectiveness Knowledge Center

The Organizational Effectiveness team at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is excited to share its new Organizational Effectiveness Knowledge Center . The Knowledge Center is a web platform dedicated to sharing the Foundation's perspective and resources on improving organizational and network effectiveness.
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2016 Foundation Operations and Management Report

Exponent Philanthropy has offered this important benchmarking tool to NCG's members at a 20% discount through the end of the year. They can learn more about the report at here . To receive the discounted price, just need to enter the discount code COLLEAGUE when purchasing. Exponent Philanthropy ’s 2016 Foundation Operations and Management Report is considered the tool for benchmarking by foundations that operate with few or no staff. Based on responses from more than 550 Exponent Philanthropy member foundations, it tells the powerful...
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Shaping Culture Through Key Moments

It’s virtually impossible to operate as an ally and partner to nonprofits if you are working inside a foundation whose values and culture run counter to that spirit. Culture matters -- and it’s complex. This brand new resource that offers insight into the opportunities where we can strengthen and improve our organizations’ culture.
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The Future of Foundation Philanthropy: The CEO Perspective

Based on the perspectives of more than 200 foundation CEOs, The Future of Foundation Philanthropy: The CEO Perspective captures foundation leaders’ views on challenges and concerns about the changing landscape in which they work and the most pressing issues that will influence foundation philanthropy in the coming years.
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Helping Women Step Out of the Shadows

When women thrive, those around them typically do, too—and when they struggle, so do others. Yet women’s mental health and wellbeing have received insufficient attention from the health care field, from government, and from philanthropy. This lack of attention has left a gap that needs to be filled if we hope to see progress on numerous intersecting issues, from women’s rights to health care to education. Working with the Hope & Grace Fund, a philanthropic project of skincare and beauty brand Philosophy , Arabella Advisors has produced a new report that explores opportunities for funders...
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Shifting Winds: Foundations Respond to a New Political Context

In the time since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, questions have been repeatedly asked about what is changing for foundations and their work in a different political context. How does this shift affect foundations and their areas of focus? Have new challenges or opportunities arisen? Should foundations be making changes in response? Given the volume of questions like these, the Center for Effective Philanthropy decided to survey foundation leaders about their reactions to the shift in presidential administrations, and the degree to which they were making changes as a result. Based on...
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Resources for Addressing the Nonprofit "Needs Gap"

Capacity building is a concept we can all get behind. Both grantseekers and grantmakers know this is the base for long term sustainability and organizational effectiveness. So why does it continue to be so elusive in our sector and what’s the latest thinking on what is really needed and how best to make it happen? At this event, we heard the latest insights from the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s (CEP) 2018 report, Strengthening Grantees, where findings demonstrate there is a Needs Gap between what nonprofits request funding for compared to their actual needs. We also heard firsthand...

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