International Giving by U.S. Community Foundations: Local Communities with Global Reach

This report, a joint effort by the Council on Foundations and Foundation Center, examines the current state and recent trends in international giving and engagement by large U.S. community foundations. The first-ever analysis of this type suggests that many community foundations are beginning to adopt a broader, more nuanced definition of “community” than they have in the past.


Data Collection on the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity of the Staff and Trustees of Foundations

An important first step toward inclusiveness is collecting data on the sexual orientation and gender identity of the staff and trustees of foundations. This brief guide provides some best practices for foundations exploring the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity for the first time.


Top Blogs for Grantmakers

LearnPhilanthropy staff collected a few resources to help grantmakers develop their skills. Below are links to blogs about philanthropy that can enhance your learning and jump start your own collection of blogs. White Courtesy Telephone’s posts include perspectives on learning, education and training in the field of philanthropy. Philantopic is a blog of Opinion and Commentary from The Philanthropy News Digest Lucy Bernholz’s blog Philanthropy 2173: The Business of Giving shares her opinions about the long-term vision of philanthropy. The Center for Effective Philanthropy Blog offers better data, better decisions, better philanthropy. Philanthropy411 Kris Putnam-Walkerly is a philanthropy expert and consultant. Inside Philanthropy Blog is Read more


2017 Compensation & Benefits for Philanthropy-Serving Organizations

United Philanthropy Forum’s first-ever 2017 Compensation & Benefits for Philanthropy-Serving Organizations report provides comprehensive benchmarking data and analyses on the employment practices of regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs), based on the responses of 50 PSOs. Download the Executive Summary (PDF) The full report is for members only.


Building Coalitions for Climate Justice: A Funders Roundtable

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the Climate Justice Resilience Fund recently launched a new report entitled Building Coalitions for Climate Justice: A Funders Roundtable.  In September 2017, four organizations convened a Climate Justice Funders Roundtable to explore opportunities to collaborate in support of rights-based, community-driven activities to address climate change. This event encouraged funders to explore intersections and begin to identify ways the philanthropic sector can have a transformative impact for those who face significant climate change impacts in their daily lives.


The Alliance magazine September issue – Philanthropy’s diversity challenge

Philanthropy’s diversity challenge ‘Nothing about us without us’ was a slogan coined by disability rights activists to communicate the idea that no policy should be decided by any representative without the full and direct participation of members of the group(s) affected. Many working in philanthropy would be sympathetic to this principle. Being in touch with the people you aim to serve is not just a sound moral imperative but also likely to make an effective philanthropic strategy. A lack of diversity on boards and at staff level ‘probably limits their intelligence about what is happening on the ground’ notes European Foundation Centre Chief Executive, Gerry Salole, who suggests that foundations would be well advised to Read more