ACCP, The Resource for Corporate Philanthropy

MISSION:  ACCP empowers corporate responsibility leaders to improve the world and strengthen their companies. There are many names for the field.  Corporate philanthropy, corporate giving, corporate contributions, corporate social responsibility, corporate responsibility and corporate citizenship to name a few. For simplicity, you will see it referred to here as Corporate Citizenship. Whatever you may call it, the profession has evolved significantly in the last ten years and is now an integral function within the corporate structure. As a corporate citizenship professional, you develop programs that can shape the public image of your company and influence corporate culture within your company. Read more

Alliance Magazine – #ShiftThePower: the rise of community philanthropy

Guest editors of the December 2016 issue of Alliance magazine Jenny Hodgson and Barry Knight explore the issues of community philanthropy, durable development, and the collective sharing of resources.   In this special feature on community philanthropy, we propose a new paradigm called ‘durable development’. This involves shifting power closer to the ground, giving agency to local people and their organizations on the principle that they should have greater control of their own destinies. The growing field of community philanthropy has much to contribute towards such a paradigm shift because it marks a distinct break with many of the conventions Read more

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Beldon Fund

The Beldon Fund was created by John Hunting in 1982 as a national foundation committed to promoting sound environmental policies. In 1998, Beldon received a major infusion of funds from the sale of Hunting’s stock in the Steelcase company. Hunting set the foundation on a new course by deciding to spend all its principal and earnings over the next ten years, with the goal of building a national consensus to achieve and sustain a healthy planet. Beldon made its last grants in June 2008 and closes its doors the end of May 2009.  Beldon’s archives will be preserved at the Read more


BoardSource is dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. BoardSource strives to support and promote excellence in board service, is the premier source of cutting-edge thinking and resources related to nonprofit boards, and engages and develops the next generation of board leaders. BoardSource provides: knowledge and resources for nonprofit leaders through workshops, training, assessment tools, an extensive Web site, and a membership program governance consultants who work directly with nonprofit leaders to design specialized solutions to meet an organization’s needs the world’s largest, most comprehensive selection of material on nonprofit governance, including Read more

Bolder Giving

Bolder Giving seeks nothing less than to shift the collective culture of giving. Our mission is to inspire and support people to give to their full lifetime potential. We challenge the norms and stereotypes that limit charitable giving through a two-pronged approach. The first is through Inspiration: We gather and share inspirational stories of bold giving from diverse people across the economic spectrum. The second is through Action: We develop tools and advice to help people translate that inspiration into actionable steps to transform their giving. Our aim is to encourage people of all backgrounds to: Give More: increase their giving as a percent of Read more

Bridgeway Partners

Bridgeway Partners supports you to create what you really care about by providing the insight, expertise, and methodology to reframe and resolve persistent problems. Using proven, pragmatic approaches to systems change, David Peter Stroh, Marilyn Paul, and Associates help you take a fresh look at where you are stuck, find ways to get traction, and achieve breakthrough results.

Bruner Foundation

Since its founding in 1963, the Bruner Foundation has been known for innovative thinking about complex social issues, and for its ongoing commitment to meaningful social change. Since 1996 the Bruner Foundation has focused on initiatives and partnerships that seek to increase effectiveness in the non-profit service delivery sector by strengthening internal evaluation capacity, by increasing the use of evaluative thinking in a wide range of organizational areas and ultimately, by building sustainable organizational evaluative capacity – the combining of evaluation skills with evaluative thinking. The Foundation believes that organizations that have and use evaluative capacity are better able to serve their Read more

C.S. Mott Foundation

Our Vision “It seems to me that every person, always, is in a kind of informal partnership with his community.” — Charles Stewart Mott, 1875–1973 The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation affirms its founder’s vision of a world in which each of us is in partnership with the rest of the human race — where each individual’s quality of life is connected to the well-being of the community, both locally and globally. We pursue this vision through creative grantmaking, thoughtful communication and other activities that enhance community in its many forms. The same vision of shared learning shapes our internal culture as Read more

Center for Arab American Philanthropy

The Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) promotes, facilitates and celebrates Arab American giving through education, donor outreach and services, and grantmaking. CAAP, a project of ACCESS, is the only national institution that supports philanthropy in the Arab American community while operating on a community foundation model. Through harnessing the collective power of Arab American giving, CAAP strengthens the voice of our community in American civil society. Our Mission: The Center for Arab American Philanthropy strengthens the impact of strategic Arab American giving through education, asset building and grantmaking, in order to improve lives and build vibrant communities. Our Vision: Read more

Center for Effective Philanthropy

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) is a nonprofit organization focused on the development of comparative data to enable higher-performing funders. CEP’s mission is to provide data and create insight so philanthropic funders can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness – and, as a result, their intended impact. This mission is based on a vision of a world in which pressing social needs are more effectively addressed. It stems from a belief that improved effectiveness of philanthropic funders can have a profoundly positive impact on nonprofit organizations and the people and communities they serve. CEP pursues its mission through Read more

Center for High Impact Philanthropy, University of Pennsylvania

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy has emerged as a unique and trusted authority for donors around the world who are seeking to maximize the social impact of their funds. In areas as diverse as closing the achievement gap in the U.S., effective disaster relief, and major global public health issues such as malaria and child mortality, the Center translates the best available information into actionable guidance for those looking to make the greatest difference in the lives of others. Our work includes independent analysis, educational programming, and custom engagements for individual donors, institutional funders, advisors and philanthropic intermediaries. Our story: Read more

Center for High Impact Philanthropy, University of Pennsylvania

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy is a nonprofit and university-based center focused on improving the social impact of philanthropic activities. Our work includes writing, teaching and programming for individual donors, institutional funders and philanthropic intermediaries. Our story: Providing actionable and evidence-based guidance Established in the spring of 2006 by the dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice and a small group of anonymous Wharton alumni, the Center provides independent analysis, education and other decision-making tools for donors concerned with maximizing the social impact of their funds. To meet our goal of providing smart, practical guidance to donors Read more


CFLeads is a national learning cooperative on community leadership. What does that mean? We are the hub and go-to-source for community foundations committed to building community leadership as a core and enduring competency. For community foundations to work in new ways that improve and strengthen their communities is not easy but it is essential. Recognizing community leadership as the wave of the future of the field, this is our vision: Community foundations take on challenging issues, pursue cross-sector solutions, engage citizens, and marshal the needed resources to improve their communities and provide opportunity for all. Recognizing that it will take Read more

Connecticut Council for Philanthropy

The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) is an association of grantmakers committed to promoting and supporting effective philanthropy for the public good. CCP serves 112 grantmakers representing more than $6.3 billion in assets and more than $720 million in annual grantmaking. CCP advances philanthropy by transforming the community through the power of partnerships. CCP is the go-to center for connections, networks, ideas and information among a growing network of grantmakers throughout Connecticut. Members have access to targeted benefits and services and a powerful link to fellow funders who share a commitment to addressing critical issues affecting citizens and communities across Read more

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Established in 1992, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is an academic center within the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University. Like many academic centers, we offer original research and expertise on the latest theories in our field. Yet when we talk about “doing good,” we mean more than theory. The Johnson Center puts research to work, with and for professionals across the country. Through professional development services, courses and trainings, philanthropic tools, and more, we support: Effective Philanthropy: Helping donors and foundations adopt best practices in their careers and organizations Strong Nonprofits: Helping nonprofit organizations strengthen their teams, Read more

Everyday Democracy

Everyday Democracy works locally and nationally for a stronger and more equitable democracy. In neighborhoods, towns and cities, and regions across the country, we coach people in bringing their communities together in equitable and inclusive dialogue to make progress on some of today’s toughest public issues. From community-police relations, to racism, to education reform and more, Everyday Democracy provides discussion guides, how-to materials and advice to those who want to take on such issues and create sustained change. We also work with issue-based organizations as well as organizations in the democracy and social justice fields to advance a vision and Read more

Foundation Center/GrantCraft

GrantCraft combines the practical wisdom of funders worldwide with the expertise of Foundation Center to improve the practice of philanthropy. Since 2001, GrantCraft has delivered the knowledge funders need to be strategic and effective in their work, addressing questions funders face across various strategies and issue areas. The collection of free resources come in more than 10 languages and multiple formats, including guides, infographics, cases, blogs, podcasts, and interactive tools. This diverse suite of GrantCraft-developed content is complemented by other Foundation Center resources and external contributions, making GrantCraft your go-to place for thinking critically about philanthropy and building skills for Read more


FSG is a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in strategy, evaluation, and research, founded in 2000 as Foundation Strategy Group and celebrating a decade of global social impact. Today, FSG works across sectors in every region of the globe — partnering with foundations, corporations, nonprofits, and governments to develop more effective solutions to the world’s most challenging issues. FSG brings together leaders that are hungry to exchange information, to elevate learning and to create collective impact for shared priorities in social change. Working with many of the world’s leading corporations, nonprofit organizations, and charitable foundations, FSG has completed more than 400 Read more

Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Working side-by-side with funders and our movement’s organizations through three decades, Funders for LGBTQ Issues remains the sole organization dedicated exclusively to increasing institutional giving to LGBTQ communities. Mission Funders for LGBTQ Issues seeks to mobilize philanthropic resources that enhance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, promote equity, and advance racial, economic and gender justice. Vision An empowered and functioning democracy with full equality under the law, equal access to services, unconditional respect for difference and the meaningful participation of all communities at tables where decisions are made. We seek to accomplish our mission by: Serving Read more

Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Working side-by-side with funders and our movement’s organizations through three decades, Funders for LGBTQ Issues remains the sole organization dedicated exclusively to increasing institutional giving to LGBTQ communities. Mission Funders for LGBTQ Issues seeks to mobilize philanthropic resources that enhance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, promote equity, and advance racial, economic and gender justice. Vision An empowered and functioning democracy with full equality under the law, equal access to services, unconditional respect for difference and the meaningful participation of all communities at tables where decisions are made. We seek to accomplish our mission by: Serving Read more

Giving Circles Fund

The Giving Circles Fund (GCF) is a movement of Next Gen philanthropists who utilize the power of collective action to create lasting change. We believe that anyone, yes, even you, can become a generous, committed and strategic giver. We recognize that affordability, knowledge and impact are barriers to giving for many Millennials (a fancy term for 20- and 30-somethings.) Student loans and starting salaries leave many of us feeling like we don’t have much to contribute, and that our modest donations are just drops in an overwhelmingly large bucket. Our generation is passionate about improving our world, but many of Read more

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is a diverse community of more than 500 grantmakers reshaping the way philanthropy operates to invest in nonprofit success. Mission: Understanding that grantmakers are successful only to the extent that their grantees achieve meaningful results, GEO promotes strategies and practices that contribute to grantee success. Nonprofits are successful at achieving more meaningful change in our communities when they have the resources and skills to be effective. By not adequately responding to what nonprofits say they need most to maximize impact, funders can inadvertently do harm to the organizations and causes we intend to support. Changing grantmaker Read more

I’m in charge of hiring a consultant to help our foundation with strategic planning and streamlining our internal grantmaking process. What are some of the most important questions to ask when soliciting potential consultants and what are some reasonable expectations we should keep in mind?

By: National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers member’s Molly Penn and Deborah Flood of Penn Flood Consulting  In our experience, it is important to describe the process clearly and with uniformity to all prospective consultants so you can do an “apples-to-apples” comparison of their respective approaches.  Toward that end, you may want to consider these internal questions we typically ask in our preliminary conversation with a prospect foundation client. Project Goals: First, clarify what you want the consultant to help you with and to what extent those goals overlap. For example, some foundations might want to use the board retreat to Read more


Catagories: Human Resources Management, Organizational Development - Strengthening/Building Your Team, CONTENT PARTNER, Ask an Expert


Idealware, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides thoroughly researched, impartial and accessible resources about software to help nonprofits make smart software decisions. Nonprofits maintain a complicated relationship with technology. Most know that software can streamline their processes and help fulfill their missions more efficiently and effectively, yet lean staffing and tight budgets mean they’re unable to devote the time necessary keep up with new technologies and find the right tools. From the most basic questions (like how to use software to help manage emailing hundreds of people at once), to the more complex (like understanding the role of social networking and mobile Read more

Innovation Network

What difference are we making? Nonprofits and funders working for social change all ask themselves this question. Organizations that know the answer have the power to make informed decisions and create lasting change in the communities they serve. It is this critical question that motivates us at Innovation Network. We are a national 501(c)(3) organization committed to helping other nonprofits and funders answer the question for themselves. Our staff is dedicated to developing and sharing tools and know-how to help nonprofits and funders measure their own results. We provide program planning and evaluation consulting, training, and web-based tools to nonprofits and funders across Read more

Learn Foundation Law

In 2010, legal staff at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (collectively the “Foundations”) joined together to develop a comprehensive training program on legal issues in grantmaking. The goal of this collaboration is to create online, web-based trainings to supplement existing in-person training programs. The Foundations identified a shared need for this type of instructional resource, and a common desire to collaboratively develop a training system that speaks to a variety of learning styles and organizational training needs. As a result, the Foundations Read more

Learning to Give

Equipping teachers, impacting civic life Vision: All youth are educated and equipped for lifelong engagement in philanthropy as givers of time, talent, and treasure for the common good. Mission: Learning to Give equips K-12 teachers to educate students as philanthropists with knowledge, skills, and action to make a better world. We connect students’ civic lives to academic learning.

Minnesota Council on Foundations

Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF), a regional association of grantmakers, works actively to expand and strengthen a vibrant community of diverse grantmakers who individually and collectively advance the common good. MCF members represent three-quarters of all grantmaking in the state, awarding more than $900 million to nonprofits annually. Members include family and private independent foundations, community and other public foundations, and corporate foundations and giving programs. MCF is: An advocate for giving, promoting ethical and responsible charitable giving A resource for grantmaking, creating and sharing information for and about grantmakers A catalyst for philanthropy, sparking connections, networks and knowledge for Read more

Mission Investors Exchange

Mission Investors Exchange is where philanthropic innovators exchange ideas, tools, and experiences to increase the impact of their capital. Mission Investors Exchange was launched in May 2012 as the culmination of the integration of PRI Makers Network and More For Mission. Mission Investors Exchange members include more than 230 foundations and mission investing organizations. Our full members are U.S. and some international foundations of all sizes and mission areas who use or are learning to use program-related and mission-related investing as a strategy to accomplish their philanthropic goals. Our affiliate members work in partnership with foundations to aggregate and deploy Read more

Monitor Institute

Monitor Institute is a social enterprise that surfaces and spreads best practices in public problem solving and pioneers next practices – breakthrough approaches to addressing social and environmental challenges. We partner with mission-driven organizations and their leaders, helping them make the hard choices and take the necessary actions to reach a new level of impact. Our approach marries our deep grounding in strategy, networks, social innovation and human systems with the fundamentals of professional advisory services – effective project management, skilled facilitation and well-timed intervention. As part of the global strategy firm Monitor Deloitte, we are able to draw on Read more

National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers

Elevating philanthropy The National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers is dedicated to elevating, expanding and improving the field of philanthropy. It is the only organization that brings together high-quality consultants to support the work of grantmakers, and to advance quality and ethical standards among consultants to philanthropy. NNCG members represent experienced and carefully vetted practitioners and thought leaders in the philanthropic field. Part think-tank and part service organization, the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers provides a learning community and a forum for open discussion among consultants dedicated to increasing and strengthening philanthropy. NNCG’s mission is to increase the quality, effectiveness and Read more

Pacific Community Ventures

Pacific Community Ventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social enterprise that engages small businesses, investors and policymakers to build an economy that works for everyone. They create quality jobs and stimulate investments in underserved communities through two primary areas of programming: As a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) PCV offers Small Business Advising & Small Business Lending programs that connect small business owners to the expertise and capital they need to grow their businesses and hire new employees. Their Business Advising program uses an online platform and algorithm to connect small business owners with pro bono expert business advisors who provide tailored, hands-on assistance. Their Business Lending Read more

Philanthropy Northwest

Philanthropy Northwest is a reliable source for programming and events that help grantmakers in our region stay connected to information and to each other. Our programs focus on the issues that matter most right now, and they are relevant for institutional funders of all sizes – from small family foundations to large corporate giving programs. Philanthropy Northwest’s annual conference – the largest convening of funders in our region – offers unparalleled networking opportunities alongside educational sessions from experts in the field.

Philanthropy Southwest

Philanthropy Southwest actively promotes opportunities to exchange ideas, build relationships and advance philanthropic excellence.  Our association includes trustees and staff with foundations in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The region is large enough to provide diversity that inspires forward thinking, and small enough to ensure personalized attention. We are dedicated to fostering a welcoming environment with members who generously help other members, working together toward a better future.

Putnam Consulting Group

Putnam Consulting Group (formerly Putnam Community Investment Consulting) provides a full range of expertise and services to help grantmakers achieve dramatic results with confidence and clarity. Since 1999, we’ve been honored to deliver results for foundations of all sizes and types. From capturing that initial inspiration to sharing the story of your success, we provide experienced consultation and guidance, logistics support, impact evaluation, and communications savvy to your grantmaking team or foundation leadership. Our services  include: Innovative Program Development – create and launch new grant programs Smart Funds Allocation – spend your grant dollars and your time most efficiently Impact Read more

Renaissance (Ren PSG)

  Headquartered and operated in Indianapolis, Ind., Renaissance Philanthropic Solutions Group (RenPSG) is the largest independent philanthropic solutions provider in North America. With 30 years of industry knowledge, RenPSG delivers custom solutions that include tax expertise, accounting support and impeccable client service, all through our proprietary cloud computing technology. We count financial services firms, elite nonprofit organizations and leading community foundations as our partners, and currently support more than $16.6 Billion of assets to include charitable trusts, donor-advised funds, pooled income funds, endowments and private foundations. Established in 1987 as Renaissance Inc., the company focused solely on charitable trusts until Read more

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) is a nonprofit organization that currently advises on and manages more than $280 million in annual giving. Headquartered in New York City, it traces its antecedents to John D. Rockefeller Sr., who in 1891 began to professionally manage his philanthropy “as if it were a business.” With thoughtful and effective philanthropy as its one and only mission, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors has grown into one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations since its inception in 2002, having overseen more than $3 billion in grantmaking across the globe from four regional offices in the United States. Comprehensive Read more

S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Stephen Bechtel Fund

Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. is the former Chairman and CEO of the Bechtel Corporation, a major global engineering and construction company. In 1957 he created the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation as a personal commitment to the prosperity he envisioned and desired for California. Mr. Bechtel directed the Foundation’s primary investments toward STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and the environment. With Mr. Bechtel’s leadership, the Foundation has played a key role in strengthening STEM teaching and learning in California, and promoting the sustainable management of California’s natural resources. In 2009, the Foundation decided to invest all of its assets – Read more

Southeastern Council of Foundations 

The Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF) is one of the nation’s largest regional associations of grantmakers, serving more than 330 of the most dynamic foundations and corporate giving programs in the South. SECF works in partnership with members in 11 Southeastern states to serve, strengthen, promote and champion the South’s philanthropic voice and infrastructure through engaging programming, leadership development training, access to unique resources and invaluable connections.

Suder Foundation

The mission of The Suder Foundation (TSF) is to dramatically improve the graduation rate of first-generation college students and prepare each scholar for a life with self-awareness, success, and significance. We accomplish this mission through First Scholars—our holistic student success program currently operating at our growing national network of four-year public universities. First Scholars® is an initiative of The Suder Foundation, a private foundation located in Plano, Texas. The First Scholars program, administered on the campuses of selected four-year major public universities, provides a data-driven approach to increasing the graduation rate of first-generation college students. The foundation’s funding priority is to Read more

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is a global organization that seeks to ignite the passion and unleash the power in young people to create positive change. We pursue our mission by working collaboratively with others to support and operate high-quality education, identity development, leadership training and service programs designed to help young people cultivate their growth as individuals and as leaders. Our work emphasizes efforts to improve public education in the United States, strengthen the global Jewish community and Israel, and enhance the quality of life in our founders’ hometown of Tulsa, OK. Established in 1987, the Foundation has offices in Tulsa, Read more

The Communications Network

The Communications Network supports foundations and nonprofits to improve lives through the power of smart communications. Formed nearly 20 years ago as a volunteer group, the Network today operates as a stand-alone 501(c), dedicated to helping advance, promote, and encourage the adoption of effective communications practices in philanthropy. Its membership, now approaching 300, represents a diverse mix of talent and communications expertise including foundation and nonprofit communicators, and consultants who assist both types of organizations. The Network elevates the quality of communications practice within foundations as well as the grantees they support by: Offering face-to-face and online professional development programs Read more

The Foundation Review

The Foundation Review is the first peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy, written by and for foundation staff and boards, and those who work with them implementing programs. It provides rigorous research and writing, presented in an accessible style. Our mission: To share evaluation results, tools, and knowledge about the philanthropic sector in order to improve the practice of grantmaking, yielding greater impact and innovation. Visit and bookmark our homepage to keep up with the latest information regarding The Foundation Review including upcoming issues and information for contributors and readers.

The Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.5 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development in Detroit.

Urban Institute Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy

Our mission: the Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government. The Urban Institute builds knowledge about the nation’s social and fiscal challenges, practicing open-minded, evidence-based research to diagnose problems and figure out which policies and programs work best, for whom, and how.

Volunteering/Giving Time

Giving time to a charitable cause or organization without receiving financial remuneration. Often refered to as “service” or expanded to include giving talent, energy, expertise, etc. Often combined with other forms of giving, but can be the sole method of donating.


William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

The mission of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund is to improve the effectiveness of education in fostering both personal development and leadership. Connecticut’s children are the focus of the Graustein Memorial Fund’s grantmaking. Our intent is inclusive: to work with rural, urban and suburban communities, and both public and private schools. We want to provide means for our grantees to learn from one another’s experience, and we seek to include those people who will be affected by programs in their design and evaluation. A belief that education benefits both individuals and society as a whole guides our work. To Read more


We make smart philanthropy simple.   WiserGiving® provides free interactive tools, resources, and expert advice to help individuals increase their charitable impact and achieve their philanthropy goals. As a nonprofit, our commitment is to provide unbiased, customized guidance. features unique tools that simplify complex issues and provide objective, actionable recommendations based on the knowledge of experts in the field. Our founders, Liz Bremner, a seasoned philanthropy executive, and Karen Crow, an Internet veteran from Google, saw their Silicon Valley colleagues struggling to effectively jump-start their philanthropy. With grants from the Ford Foundation and Hewlett Foundation, Liz and Karen began implementing their vision of Read more