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The Urgency of Now: Foundations’ Role in Ending Racial Inequity

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04/2014
This Foundation Review article explores the multiple approaches that foundations can use to advance racial equity, focusing on a specific set of approaches used by the Minnesota-based Northwest Area Foundation. The article also gauges the depth of the challenge that communities face in racial disparities, the long history of racialization of institutions and systems, and the evolution of the role of philanthropy in addressing poverty.
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Healthy Environments, Healthy People: A Funder Guide on Improving Environmental Conditions for Health

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04/2014
This Health & Environmental Funders Network issue brief is an excellent "first-read" for funders newly interested in environmental health and environmental justice. It provides funders with a basic understanding of concerns about environmental impacts on health and an introduction to strategies grantmakers are pursuing to address these impacts.
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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Implementation Grants

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03/2014
This tool offers information on the geographic areas served by DACA-related grants and grant details such as dollar amount, duration, date issued, strategies supported, and investment type.
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Foundations Can Rewrite History by Focusing on the States

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03/2014
This Nonprofit Quarterly article makes the case for foundations focusing on public policy at a state, rather than federal, level. "Like Robert Frost nearly a century ago, today’s foundation leaders stand where two roads diverge. They can continue down the usual road of fixating solely on federal policy debates, such as the one over the charitable deduction. Or they can take the road “less traveled by” to where the real action is: the states. If they choose the latter, then years from now they too can look back with Frost’s sigh of satisfaction because that choice will have “made all the...
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Vision, Values and Voice: A Social Justice Communications Toolkit

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12/2013
The Opportunity Agenda, launched in 2006 with the mission of building the national will to expand opportunity in America, created the Vision, Values and Voice toolkit to help social justice communications campaigns tap into the comic book superhero zeitgeist to advance its messaging.
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StoryPilot

Publication date: 
11/2013
StoryPilot, formerly ImpactSpace, is a web application for mapping the social impact of documentary films. Looking at a variety of metrics of change, from attitude shifts to community formation to policy reform, StoryPilot provides a holistic view of how films transform society.
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Resources from California Philanthropy Forum: Should Californians Welcome Social Impact Bonds?

Publication date: 
05/2013
On May 10th Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers—and the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) presented a special statewide webinar briefing on this emerging trend in social innovation.

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