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Going Beyond Grantmaking | Using External Help to Extend a Foundation's Core Compentencies and Increase Its Impact

The drive to achieve impact beyond grantmaking represents a paradigm shift in the way foundations seek to make social change. Consultants and other intermediaries have critical roles to play in extending and enhancing this impact.
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Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook

Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook: Leveraging Your Dollars by Alliance for Justice is designed to provide foundations with the information they need to both fund and conduct advocacy. The Playbook provides examples of how foundation investments have generated meaningful policy change, as well as links to other publications and fact sheets that will allow foundation leaders to quickly answer their questions and access additional information.
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Beyond the Dollars: The Long-term Value of Giving Days for Community Foundations

While giving days have raised millions of dollars for local causes across the country, a new Knight Foundation report examines their impact on the community foundations that organize them. Giving days, the report found, help community foundations raise their profile, gain digital skills and become information hubs for their communities.
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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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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 Foundation Endowments...Activate!

Given the scale of social, economic and environmental crises our communities are facing, it is hopeful to see foundations making bold shifts to their grantmaking. Yet funders committed to justice recognize that grant dollars alone are not enough to manifest the kind of transformation needed to create a better future for people experiencing systemic oppression. In recent years, the philanthropic field has begun to reckon with the reality that most foundations’ endowments are invested in ways that are out of alignment with their values, exacerbating the very problems that their grant dollars...
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Resources for Funding Hate: A Philanthropist's Guide to Prevention

Philanthropy supports community and policy partners to change hearts and minds and improve quality of life. The solutions funded can be as diverse as the people innovating them, so a critical step in grantmaking is gaining an understanding of the values and belief systems driving an organization’s work. In a world where a nonprofit “elevator pitch” has become as honed as a startup, due diligence must go beyond verifying tax status to include scrutiny, policies and procedures that screen out hate groups. In particular, we must understand how white nationalist ideology paints itself in terms of...

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