2012 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations

The 2012 Tracking Report (2012) is the most comprehensive study of its kind, capturing data on 4,068 grants awarded by 399 foundations in order to identify gaps, trends, and opportunities in LGBTQ philanthropy. This year’s report finds that domestic foundation funding for LGBTQ issues exceeded $100 million for the first time while overall LGBTQ funding was largely stable in 2012.

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









A Guide for Training Public Dialogue Facilitators

This is a step-by-step guide for training youth and adults as small-group dialogue facilitators in a dialogue and community change effort.

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Catagories: Beyond the Grant , Individual Development - Strengthening/Building Your Career, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Online Publication, Organizational Development - Strengthening/Building Your Team, Resources









A Plan of One’s Own: A Woman’s Guide to Philanthropy

A Plan of One’s Own: A Woman’s Guide to Philanthropy is designed to assist and inspire you to explore and craft your own path to effective philanthropy. Find out how best to get information about the issues you care about and learn of tools to help guide you to the giving option that is best for you.

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Philanthropy's History, Role in Society









ABFE

ABFE is a membership-based philanthropic organization with the mission of promoting effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities.  Key projects and activities include: Advocacy: ABFE uses its position and networks in the field to share information for the express purpose of influencing the policies and practices in the field that may hinder the success of Black professionals or communities. Networking and Convening:  ABFE offers a variety of opportunities for our members and other professionals in the field to exchange information and ideas and to cultivate productive relationships that often result in learning, co-investment, and expanded social and professional opportunities and Read more




Best Practices Study: Children, Youth and Family Philanthropy

This report highlights the considered experiences and views of leading children, youth and family grantmakers across the U.S. concerning key insights they have gleaned about practices that either advance or impede diversity in areas ranging from governance and staffing to grantmaking and contracting. The presentation includes a summary of key findings concerning various practical aspects of promoting and managing diversity that readers should find especially valuable.

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Catagories: Beyond the Grant , Governance , Human Resources , New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Best Practices Study: Health Foundations

This report highlights the considered experiences and views of leading health grant makers across the U.S. concerning some of the key insights they have gleaned about what practices advance or impede diversity in areas ranging from governance and management to grant making and contracting. The presentation is complemented at its close by a number of respondent tips on specific, practical aspects of promoting and managing diversity that readers should find especially valuable.

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, New Grants Management









Beyond the NPR Crowd: How Evaluation Influenced Grantmaking at the California Council for the Humanities

This article describes an initiative designed to engage a broad cross section of Californians in the humanities. Initial findings from book reading groups were that participants were predominantly white, middle-aged women. Changing the type of programming to include poetry slams, photography, digital media, and writing programs broadened participation of various ages and ethnic groups. The location of the program also made a difference, with schools and community-based organizations drawing more diverse audiences than libraries.

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Catagories: Beyond the Grant , New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Program Learning and Evaluation









Black Out: Understanding LGBTQ Advocacy and Black Communities

Black LGBTQ communities have always been at the intersection of racial justice and LGBTQ advocacy and activism, although their continued invisibility within these movements have marginalized their voices due to homophobia, transphobia, bi-phobia and racism. Although pioneers such as James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Audre Lorde and Bayard Rustin used activism to advance racial justice and LGBTQ issues, there is still more work to be done. LGBTQ Black communities experience a unique form of discrimination at home and within faith institutions, schools, workplaces, health facilities and communities. This session, co-sponsored by Funders for LGBTQ Issues and The Third Wave Fund, will examine Read more

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Catagories: Essentials, Legal Issues, Foundations, and Nonprofits, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Building the Bridge for Diversity and Inclusion: Testing a Regional Strategy

Transforming Michigan Philanthropy Through Diversity & Inclusion (TMP) is a six-year research and development effort of the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF). A unique experiment, TMP is the only statewide, comprehensive effort to promote diversity and inclusiveness among foundations in the country. Organizational excellence through diversity and inclusion requires an organization to find a goal that resonates with its stakeholders and then create collaborative communities that focus on achieving that goal. This strategy positions an organization to use the full diversity of those stakeholders for tasks such as problem-solving, innovation, quality initiatives, and the acquisition of resources. Diversity and inclusion Read more

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Career Pathways A Philanthropic Leadership Pipeline Expansion Program

The Council is now accepting nominations and applications for the Career Pathways program. The program’s goal is to increase the number of candidates from diverse backgrounds in the leadership pipeline who are considered, appointed, and retained in senior and executive leadership positions in philanthropic organizations.

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Catagories: Individual Development - Strengthening/Building Your Career, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Changing the Odds for Kids (Part One): What capacity do the supports and opportunities in the six Good Neighborhoods provide for young people and what characteristics of a system are in place?

This first assessment of the systems of supports and opportunities (SOSO) informs the Foundation and its partners about availability and quality of youth development opportunities and basic services supports in the six Good Neighborhoods.

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Changing Your Grantmaking Lens: Aging as an Asset

Do you view older adults in your community as a valuable and perhaps untapped asset… or as a population in need of increased philanthropic support? Based on interviews with family funders active in this important, complex and diverse funding area, the answer is a little bit of both, but more of the former than you might think.

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Community Leadership Tools – CooL Tools

What makes these tools so cool? They were developed and are being used by your community foundation colleagues! And they can help build your community leadership potential. Check out the variety of tools shared by your colleagues to advance community leadership work. Includes: Strategic Plans and Frameworks; Choosing and Timing Community Leadership Opportunities; Diversity and Inclusion; Donor Engagement; and Metrics

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Catagories: Beyond the Grant , Communications , Financial Stewardship, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Organization Learning and Evaluation 









DEI Self-Assessment

D5’s self-assessment is a tool for identifying areas of work that your foundation is already engaged in and opportunities for growth. We invite you to complete the assessment to: Capture your foundation’s current situation Spark conversations about DEI and what is possible Identify tangible action steps that will improve your foundation’s effectiveness and strengthen its relevance in our increasingly diverse society

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Catagories: Developing Your Talent and Leadership, Essentials, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Organizational Development - Strengthening/Building Your Team









Diversity & Inclusion Action Kit

The Action Kit, designed around the Diversity Framework, is intended to help you identify what steps you and your organization can take to advance diversity and inclusion.

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Diversity and Inclusion: Lessons from the Field

Features the stories, successes and experiences of CEOs and trustees of some of our nation’s leading foundations and corporate grantmaking programs, both large and small. Each has shared their unique perspectives—their struggles and strategies to overcome challenges. They have provided insight into how and to what effect diversity and inclusive practices have been embedded within their organizations. With leaders reaching out to leaders, we hope you will be inspired by their successes, and see yourself in this important work.

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Organizational Development - Strengthening/Building Your Team









Diversity Framework

In developing the Diversity Framework, the Minnesota Council on Foundations found it helpful to frame the discussion around four roles that private grantmaking organizations play in a civil society as funders, employers, economic entities, and citizens of the community. Two values guided the development of this work: The quality of grantmaking is enhanced when grantmaking organizations reflect the cultural diversity of the communities they serve through their grants. Every private grantmaking organization has the responsibility and the capacity to understand issues of diversity and inclusiveness and should take action in each role where opportunities exist. The four roles and the values that support these Read more

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Diversity in Action: Strategies with Impact

This monograph features foundation CEO and trustee reflections on the impact of a broad array of diversity and inclusiveness efforts. They address many of the issues foundation leaders face every day including how to ensure that your grant resources have the most impact possible. The authors have identified diversity and inclusion as important tools in advancing their organizational missions and program goals. Their strategies range from institutional issues such as board development and staffing to community outreach and redefining grantmaking success.

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Diversity, Inclusion, and Effective Philanthropy

Philanthropists who want to increase impact and reduce waste are turning to diversity and inclusion as tools for effective giving. Good intentions do not make for philanthropic success on their own. Blind spots cost philanthropists – and the causes they espouse – dearly. A gift can be given for the right reasons to the wrong group. A grant can be generously dispersed, but without careful research. An investment in a social enterprise with great promise can be rendered impotent by a misguided business plan. To make the most of their philanthropic dollars, donors practice due diligence. Staff, advisors and even Read more

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Catagories: Essentials, Grantmaking, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Donor Profile: Dwayne Steele Inspires a Hawaiian Renaissance

Is it possible to help preserve a language and culture that is not your own? Dwayne Steele worked together with local Hawaiians to reverse the decline in native Hawaiian speakers and catalyze a broad cultural preservation movement.

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Catagories: Grantmaking, Issue-Specific Grants, Mission and Values, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Embedded Philanthropy and the Pursuit of Civic Engagement

This article examines a range of civic engagement strategies pursued by embedded funders conducting community-change work in chronically disadvantaged communities. Embedded funders are place-based foundations that (1) commit to working in a particular community or communities over an extended period of time; (2) pursue direct and ongoing relationships with a range of community actors; (3) make community relationships and partnerships a primary vehicle of their philanthropic operation; and (4) provide extensive supports and resources beyond conventional grantmaking. Working as an embedded funder tends either to correlate with a prior commitment to civic engagement or to promote the development of such Read more

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Catagories: Beyond the Grant , New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, New Grants Management, New Standards, Codes, and Ethics, Program Learning and Evaluation









Evaluating the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund’s Social Determinants of Health Portfolio

Research over the past two decades repeatedly demonstrates the relationship between poor health outcomes and socioeconomic factors such as poor housing, poverty, racism, and structural inequity. In 2005, the Northwest Health Foundation, supported by the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund, began an initiative to address these social determinants of health (SDOH). A variety of projects – short- and long-term, large and small – were supported over the five-year period for a total of $12.4 million. The mean project-implementation grant was $175,350 and 2½ years in length; capacity-building grants averaged $50,000 for 1½ years. In all, 323 social-determinant accomplishments were identified. The Read more

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Organization Learning and Evaluation 









Evaluation With A Diversity Lens: Exploring Its Functions And Utility To Inform Philanthropic Effectiveness

This report reveals practical insights that can help foundations realize greater effectiveness through increasing inclusivity investments. This piece will prove particularly timely and instructive for funders embarking on the practice of evaluation with a diversity lens (EDL). EDL is an approach to program evaluation that emphasizes the importance of incorporating diverse voices (particularly those of intended program beneficiaries) to identify problems and to engage in program design, implementation, and data analysis.

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Catagories: Beyond the Grant , New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, New Standards, Codes, and Ethics, Organization Learning and Evaluation 









Expert Q & A: How can African-American philanthropy professionals network more effectively?

By: Karen McNeil-Miller, President of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Find/Create a network of other African-Americans as one of the many professional/social/personal networks you seek to form. Join and become an active member of ABFE (Association for Black Foundation Executives) Intentionally seek out and request one-on-one conversations with: Several experienced African-American executives to provide perspective; Executive Director of ABFE; Prominent African-American philanthropists in your town. Don’t allow yourself to be viewed as solely responsible to represent and be sensitive to the minority perspective in your foundation.

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Catagories: Ask an Expert, Developing Your Talent and Leadership, Individual Development - Strengthening/Building Your Career, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Facing Racism in a Diverse Nation

This six-session discussion guide is designed help all kinds of people take part in meaningful dialogue to examine gaps among ethnic groups and create positive community change.

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Finding the Win in Wicked Problems: Lessons From Evaluating Public Policy Advocacy

Many of the social issues private foundations and other philanthropies attempt to address — poverty, homelessness, global climate change — are wicked problems. That is, they defy easy definition, lack permanent solutions, and have multiple stakeholders. The wicked problems framework helps make explicit the challenging nature of the issue to be addressed, requires an inclusive style of leadership that seeks stakeholder involvement, and demands candid exchange among stakeholders about the nature of the problem and effectiveness of efforts to address it. A wicked problems framework provides a set of criteria and questions for evaluators of advocacy efforts to ask all Read more

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Catagories: Legal Issues, Foundations, and Nonprofits, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, New Standards, Codes, and Ethics, Philanthropic Models & Approaches, Program Learning and Evaluation









Forty Years of LGBTQ Philanthropy

At 40 years and counting, LGBTQ grantmaking has played a significant role in the fight for LGBTQ rights and equity. Forty Years of LGBTQ Philanthropy: 1970 – 2010 documents the amount and character of the first four decades of U.S. institutional support to LGBTQ communities through community, public, family and private foundations.

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Foundation Strategies for Investing in Food Security

This white paper was created to map the spectrum of activities that, taken together, endeavor to create well nourished, food secure communities. It will discuss the continuum of both publicly and privately funded activities that address food security in the U.S., to provide foundation staff and trustees with a framework for considering food security investments. For each general strategy or activity area, a brief overview will be provided, as well as some examples of investments that foundations and others make to support the work. The paper will serve as a guide to the growing interconnections between different activities, suggesting new Read more

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Philanthropic Models & Approaches









Funding Cultural Adaptations to Promote Effective and Efficient Mental Health Service Provision

Given the changing demographics of the U.S. and documented racial and ethnic health disparities, behavioral health service providers must look at adapting their services to better meet the needs of their diverse client populations. Grantees implemented three types of cultural adaptations: sociocultural/organizational, structural/ service delivery, and clinical. Most adaptations were not directly related to the specific evidence-based practice and would be relevant in many service-provision settings.

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, New Standards, Codes, and Ethics









Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change

This report outlines compelling demographic, aesthetic and economic reasons for foundations to rethink their grantmaking practices to stay current with changes in the cultural sector and to continue to be relevant to the evolving needs of our communities. Regardless of its history or primary philanthropic focus, every foundation investing in the arts can make fairness and equity core principles of its grantmaking.

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Gender Transformative Giving The Next Phase in Feminist Philanthropy?

A new report from Women’s Funding Network, Public interest Projects and TrueChild calls to reinvigorate feminist and social justice philanthropy by grounding it in “gender transformative” approaches. Gender transformative approaches highlight, challenge, and ultimately try to change rigid gender norms and inequities. “Gender” remains a contested term in American philanthropy; donors who say they have a “gender lens” usually mean they prioritize increased funding and opportunities for women and girls. Yet such approaches often leave out men and boys, LGBTQ people, as well as issues of race and class. The report calls for a new philanthropic approach that addresses not Read more

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Gill Foundation: Strategically Funding the LGBT Civil Rights Movement

Former Gill Foundation Executive Director Rodger MacFarlane describes Gill’s strategic approach to funding the LGBT civil rights movement. He shares details of the Foundation’s strategic planning process and subsequent restructuring to better serve its grantees and advance its mission.

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Program Learning and Evaluation









Grantmaking to Communities of Color in Oregon

Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington is addressing a knowledge gap by presenting research that can help inform the grantmaking decisions of our members. While diversity can be defined in multiple ways, the project team chose to focus on a single question: How much giving by Oregon foundations is reaching Oregon’s communities of color?

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Guide to Arab American Giving and Workbook

CAAP developed this core publication as a useful tool to enhance your giving. The Guide summarizes basic information on giving options and ways to refresh and improve your giving strategies. The Guide aims to help you practice the art of philanthropy more fully and in a more meaningful way.

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Catagories: Grantmaking, Mission and Values, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Healthy Communities of Opportunity: An Equity Blueprint to Address America’s Housing Challenges

It has long been obvious that a lead-laden home or a house located by a toxic dump impacts health. The implications of a house far from fresh food or a safe place to exercise can also seem apparent. Less understood are other factors. For example, paying more than half of one’s salary for a home, living in crowded conditions to save on rent, the tension and worry of being in and out of homelessness or in high-crime environments all take a toll. So, too, does living in a community isolated from jobs, job-connecting networks, and reliable public transportation. As this Read more

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Resources, The Philanthropic Sector









How Inclusion and Equity Are Transforming a Foundation and a Community

Racial inequities in health care, education, incarceration rates and economic stability have persisted, in spite of federal policies to promote equity. The Denver Foundation launched what is now known as the Inclusiveness Project in 2002 to help nonprofits, including funders, become more inclusive of people of color. The Project defines diversity as one component of inclusiveness; inclusive organizations are defined as learning-centered organizations that value the perspectives and contributions of all people. The Project operates on three levels: individual, organizational and sector. An extensive evaluation has shown that there are impacts at all levels, including increasing the number of people Read more

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









How Much is Enough?

How much is enough? Guidance for forming a realistic assessment of your assets. Because there is no objective definition of enough, and because there will always be others who have more. Millionaires and those with far less net worth can share similar anxieties about having enough.

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









How to Develop and Support Leadership that Contributes to Racial Justice

This publication offers recommendations and methods to help leadership programs promote racial justice through their work.

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









I Am a Philanthropist

A powerful chorus of diverse donors is profiled in “I Am a Philanthropist,” a video produced by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the D5 Coalition. An inspiring testament to the spread of philanthropy in communities across the nation, the video was a centerpiece of a gathering of diverse donors we held in Los Angeles in November 2011. We celebrated diverse donors, gave them opportunities to network and learn, and aimed to inspire more giving. Check out this resource to learn more.

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Insights on Arab American Giving

This report is the first initiative of the Center for Arab American Philanthropy, formerly known as the Collaborative, a program to promote strategic philanthropy in the Arab American community nationwide. While there are many challenges and barriers to Arab American giving, the research shows a strong demand for support to donors and broad recognition of the potential for philanthropy to strengthen and showcase Arab American civic participation.

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Inspiring Arab American Giving

Inspiring Arab American Giving tells the story of five Arab American philanthropists, whose stories represent the broader Arab American community. Arab Americans make significant contributions to communities, arts, education and human service needs, and more. All Arab Americans can be philanthropists by giving strategically of resources and/or time to impact the community.

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Catagories: Mission and Values, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Investment Manager Diversity: The Hardest Taboo to Break

These first-person accounts from a community foundation’s CEO and the investment advisor provide candid assessments of how they addressed the issue of increasing investment manager diversity. The hope is that by sharing these observations other foundations and their investment advisors will find the courage to discuss and address the issue of investment manager diversity, the hardest taboo to break.

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Catagories: Financial Stewardship, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Involve Children and Teens in Your Foundation

Ingrid Fox, advisor to the junior board of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation, compiled these ideas for involving teens in philanthropy. *This content is available for Exponent Philanthropy members only

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Catagories: Governance , Mission and Values, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Organizational Development - Strengthening/Building Your Team









Is the Policy Win All? A Framework for Effective Social-Justice Advocacy

This article offers a theory-of-change framework to help those engaged in social-justice advocacy to reflect on whether social-justice values are being retained in the process. A reproductive rights effort in South Africa provides an example of how social justice values can be lost in the advocacy process. The failure to sustain work on the ground pointed to the need to maintain a base of support even after a policy victory. Strategies must be revisited as social and political contexts change. One of the critical social-justice values that supports the establishment and maintenance of alliances is collaboration, which must continue to Read more

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Catagories: Beyond the Grant , Field/Sector Learning and Evaluation , Legal Issues, Foundations, and Nonprofits, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, New Standards, Codes, and Ethics









Landscape Scan: Building Diverse and Inclusive Foundations, Lessons from Michigan

This document synthesizes themes and highlights examples and lessons from the Knowledge Symposium on Diversity and Inclusion in Philanthropy: The Michigan Experience convened by the Council of Michigan Foundations and the Diversity in Philanthropy Project on March 2‐4, 2009 in Detroit and pre‐symposium interviews with approximately 20 Michigan foundations and 17 national content experts. The Symposium was the launch of CMF’s five‐year Transforming Michigan Philanthropy Through Diversity and Inclusion initiative.

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Leadership Insights: What Foundation Executives and Trustees are Saying About Diversity and Inclusion

A video series featuring leaders sharing their insights about their organizational journey to become more diverse and inclusive and lessons learned along the way. All videos are close captioned.

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Catagories: Developing Your Talent and Leadership, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Lessons for Philanthropy: A Journey into Indian Country

This report chronicles five years of work to build and strengthen relationships between organized philanthropy and Native Americans and First Alaskans in our region. With pictures, poetry and stories, the report explores how Philanthropy Northwest members are seeking to better understand Native history and culture, and to expand opportunities for deeper, strategic philanthropic partnerships between Natives and non-Natives. We hope that this report will spark new and deeper conversations, ultimately increasing the ties between Native communities and philanthropy. Download the full report, and the report’s addendum, “Trends in Giving to Northwest Indian Country.”

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Catagories: Field/Sector Learning and Evaluation , New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Lessons Learned in Addressing Racial Equity in Foundations

This report, commissioned by the Diversity in Philanthropy Project and the Race and Equity in Philanthropy Group, highlights the experiences of REPG members to show what it takes to effectively incorporate racial equity into foundation priorities and systems.

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Catagories: Human Resources , New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Leverage the Trust

Leverage the Trust is an effort to identify and engage Black foundation trustees in ABFE’s mission through peer networking and learning opportunities. The work of Leverage the Trust is led by a committee of dedicated trustees of philanthropic institutions that are representative of the diversity of geography, type, and size of grantmaking entities in the sector.

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Catagories: Individual Development - Strengthening/Building Your Career, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Leveraging Grant-Making—Part 2: Aligning Programmatic Approaches With Complex System Dynamics

The purpose of this two-part article is to enable foundations to increase the leverage of their grantmaking resources by working effectively with the dynamics of complex social systems. This article examines how foundations can align planning, implementation, and evaluation efforts with the behavior of the social systems they seek to improve. Asking powerful questions of staff, board, grantees, and other stakeholders helps to transform how they think about their goals and strategies. In addition to using the power of questioning, foundations function more systemically by suspending their assumptions about their effectiveness and what is possible, creating the cultural shifts needed, Read more

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Catagories: Financial Stewardship, Legal Issues, Foundations, and Nonprofits, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Philanthropic Models & Approaches









Logic Model Template

Sample Logic Model Worksheet for Racial Equity and Particular Issues

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Catagories: Essentials, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Organization Learning and Evaluation , Strategy and Evaluation









Moving Diversity Up the Agenda: Lessons and Next Steps From the Diversity in Philanthropy Project

The Diversity in Philanthropy Project (DPP) was a three-year, voluntary effort of foundation trustees, senior staff, and executives of philanthropy support organizations committed to increasing diversity and inclusive practice across organized philanthropy’s boards, staff, grantmaking, contracting, and investing. DPP had significant achievements, including mobilizing greater commitment among foundation leaders to voluntary action on diversity and enhancing both the knowledge base and data methodologies available for understanding diversity, inclusion, and equity in foundation work. The initiative also faced its share of challenges, including difficulty assessing the impact on the diversity performance of foundations, slow adoption of recommended principles and practices, and Read more

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Catagories: Mission and Values, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, New Standards, Codes, and Ethics









Out in the South, Part One: Foundation Funding for LGBTQ Issues in the U.S. South

This report is the first in a series of reports entitled Out in the South. This first report, Part One: Foundation Funding for LGBTQ Issues in the U.S. South, explores the underfunding of LGBTQ communities in the U.S. South in comparison to the rest of the country. It identifies who is funding in the South, and examines the issues and strategies currently being funded.

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Participatory Grant Making: A Success Story From Southern Africa

The Other Foundation (tOF) is an African trust dedicated to advancing human rights in southern Africa, with a particular focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. This report outlines the work that was involved in the development and implementation of the pilot grant making initiative, as well as reporting on the first grants that were allocated by the foundation. tOF received 114 applications for funding, from seven different countries, through an open call to support work that ‘advances the rights and wellbeing of LGBTI people in Southern Africa’. 12 peer reviewers from six different countries in southern Read more

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Pathways Forward: Foundation Funding for LGBTQ Immigration Issues

This report provides detailed data on the current scope and character of foundation funding at the intersection of LGBTQ and immigrant rights. It also includes an overview of the ecology of advocacy and service organizations working to address the needs of LGBTQ immigrants, and offers recommendations for funders.

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Peer Action Learning Network

As a part of CMF’s Transforming Michigan Philanthropy through Diversity & Inclusion initiative, the Peer Action Learning Network is an expert-led, 11 month engagement series designed to strengthen participant foundations’ capacity in diverse and inclusive leadership, management and grantmaking.

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Philanthropic Paths: An Exploratory Study of the Career Pathways of Professionals of Color in Philanthropy

This study conducted by Forward Change provides a holistic, in-depth picture of the career experiences of 43 philanthropic professionals of color ranging from Program Officers to CEOs working in a diverse array of foundations. The study surfaced a set of potentially common points of entry, career pathways and obstacles of professionals of color in philanthropy, as well as the factors that helped shape those pathways.

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Catagories: Developing Your Talent and Leadership, Essentials, Individual Development - Strengthening/Building Your Career, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Philanthropy in a Changing Society: Achieving Effectiveness through Diversity

This publication offers helpful information on how the field’s approach to diversity has evolved over time and the major strategies that have been piloted. First in a series of three publications.

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Philanthropic Models & Approaches









Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide

Advancing race equity and inclusion can sometimes seem daunting and often leaves many wondering how and where to start. One way to achieve social change in an organization is to incorporate race equity and inclusion at every stage of work. The seven steps in this guide provide a clear framework for undertaking this important work. This tool adds to the resources already created by partners who have been working in the field. It works by demonstrating how a race equity lens can be adopted by foundations or other organizations that work directly with systems, technical assistance providers and communities.

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Online Publication, Resources, Type of Resource









Resilience, Resolve, Results: A Compilation of Readiness Phase Studies of The Skillman Foundation’s Good Neighborhoods and Good Schools Initiative, 2008-2010

This report is a compilation of the executive summaries of the Readiness Phase evaluation reports and provides an overview of the Good Neighborhoods/Good Schools initiative.

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Rural Philanthropy: Building Dialogue From Within

Studies the disparity in giving between urban and rural nonprofits, and how geographical isolation and capacity-building needs greatly reduce the ability for rural nonprofits to secure funding. Also offers substantive recommendations on ways to make philanthropy more responsive to rural America. (Note: Printed copies are available for purchase)

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Catagories: Field/Sector Learning and Evaluation , New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Setting the Table for a Sustainable and Just Food System

As consumers and producers, people of color have been affected disproportionately by systemic problems in the food system. This article describes the Diversifying Leadership for Sustainable Food Policy initiative, a joint effort of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to build the capacity of organizations led by people of color to engage in policy and advocacy work. Grantees successfully built their capacity to engage in policy work (e.g., increased capacity to identify policy targets), increased their organizational capacity (e.g., diversified boards), improved their communities’ capacity (e.g., created opportunities for dialogue and improved access to fresh Read more

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Catagories: Beyond the Grant , Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Social Catalysts: A Case Study of 15 Successful Diversity Focused Funds

This report highlights the important emerging work of leading diversity focused funds, whose efforts are helping to engage grassroots communities of color, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups and other historically disadvantaged populations in U.S. philanthropic giving and decision making processes.

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Catagories: Financial Stewardship, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Philanthropic Models & Approaches









Social Justice Philanthropy: The Latest Trend or a Lasting Lens for Grantmaking?

Report defines and discusses the concept of social justice philanthropy and provides an assessment of its future in philanthropy. Social Justice Philanthropy: The Latest Trend or a Lasting Lens for Grantmaking? explores how grantmakers define and apply the concept of social justice to their work. The report’s findings indicate that social justice philanthropy is fraught with many definitional variations, as well as disagreements on how to apply social justice concepts to grantmaking. While many agree that social justice philanthropy is somehow concerned with a more equitable redistribution of economic, political, and social power, there is little consensus on what a Read more

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Philanthropic Models & Approaches









Strategies for Impacting Change in Communities of Color

Historically, organized philanthropy has given scant attention to giving among communities of color; however, as the population changes it is becoming more important to learn about and promote giving in these communities. The W. K. Kellogg Foundation supported the Cultures of Giving (COG) initiative over a five-year period to understand, develop, and support philanthropic giving within and among communities of color. COG began with two major principles of action – advancing strategies, approaches, and tactics of community philanthropy and connecting leaders of color in a community of practice such that they might learn, share, and collaborate with each other. Based Read more

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Philanthropic Models & Approaches, Philanthropy's History, Role in Society









Strengthening Democracy, Increasing Opportunities: Impacts of Advocacy, Organizing and Civic Engagement in Los Angeles County

This report looks at how 20 nonprofits and their allies in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana helped improved their communities and amplified the voices of vulnerable residents in the democratic process through advocacy and community organizing efforts. These nonprofits leveraged foundation grants that generated a $150 return for every dollar invested in their policy engagement efforts.

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Catagories: General Grants , New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Strengthening Democracy, Increasing Opportunities: Impacts of Advocacy, Organizing and Civic Engagement in Minnesota

In this report, NCRP documents how 15 local nonprofits and their allies leveraged foundation grants to secure nearly $138 of benefit for every dollar spent for Minnesota’s citizens.

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Catagories: General Grants , New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Strengthening Democracy, Increasing Opportunities: Impacts of Advocacy, Organizing and Civic Engagement in North Carolina

In this report, NCRP document how 13 local nonprofits and their allies leveraged foundation grants to secure nearly $2 billion in benefits for North Carolinians.

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Catagories: General Grants , New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Strengthening Democracy, Increasing Opportunities: Impacts of Advocacy, Organizing and Civic Engagement in the Gulf/Midsouth Region

This report looks at how 20 nonprofits in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi and their allies helped improved their communities and amplified the voices of underserved residents in the democratic process through policy engagement. These nonprofits leveraged foundation grants that generated a $114 return for every dollar spent.

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Catagories: Field/Sector Learning and Evaluation , New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Philanthropic Models & Approaches









Strong Starts for Children

This five-session discussion guide helps people talk about and take on ideas for improving the lives of our communities’ youngest children. The guide walks people through discussions of how we are connected to the lives of children in our community; the “invisible” effects of racism and poverty; and, ultimately, plans for taking action in our communities.

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Catagories: Beyond the Grant , Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Supporting Asian-American Civic Engagement: Theory and Practice

This paper is a review of relevant research related to the civic engagement of Asian-American youth. Little work has been done to understand the civic engagement activities of Asian-American youth. However, unique promoters and barriers to Asian- American youth civic engagement exist, given this group’s distinct historical, cultural, and sociopolitical experiences. Asian-American youth may have two different ethnic and racial identities, and these identities may be related to different kinds of civic engagement. Asian-American students who have a stronger pan-Asian identity are more aware that their fate is linked with other Asian-Americans and therefore are more likely to engage in Read more

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, New Standards, Codes, and Ethics









Ten Ways for Family Foundations to Consider Diversity and Inclusive Practices

This guide is designed to help foundations consider how more diverse and inclusive practices might advance their mission by making their work more effective and more reflective of communities served. By highlighting 10 ways family foundations can approach diversity, this guide seeks to spark ideas and launch further dialogue.

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Organizational Development - Strengthening/Building Your Team









The Exit Interview: Perceptions of Why Black Professionals Leave Grantmaking Institutions

This decline in overall representation by Black philanthropic professionals in the sector is disturbing not just because it is happening — but because until now, there has been little data on why it is happening. Why are Black philanthropic professionals leaving the field, and where are they going? Is this trend at its beginning or nearing its end? Most importantly, is there anything that ABFE and its allies can do proactively to address this issue?

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Catagories: Field/Sector Learning and Evaluation , New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









The International Charitable Nonprofit Subsector

Though international nonprofits are just 2 percent of the U.S. charitable nonprofit sector, they have continued to grow in size and scope to meet pressing demands around the world. This policy brief provides a snapshot of the international subsector through an analysis of trends in their size, resources, and scope from FY 2001 to FY 2003 in three major areas of operation: international development and relief assistance, international understanding (e.g., educational exchanges), and international affairs. It gives an overview of the geographic concentrations and the depth of U.S. international nonprofit activities and enumerates the importance of small organizations in international Read more

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Catagories: Beyond the Grant , New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Philanthropy's History, Role in Society









The Physics of LGBTQ Funding: Momentum, Resistance, & Impact

Every year for nearly a decade, Funders for LGBTQ Issues has released an annual report seeking to quantify and examine the amount and character of foundation grantmaking for LGBTQ communities. This brief paper seeks to build on those annual tracking reports by taking a longer and wider view. The title references physics as the study of things that are in motion, of how things interact and relate to each other. This paper looks at the movement of LGBTQ funding over time and how LGBTQ grantmaking has interacted with other trends in the philanthropic world and beyond. This paper also offers Read more

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









The Social Impact Incubator: The Segal Family Foundation Invests in Burundian Civil Society

The Segal Family Foundation (SFF) supports over 180 organizations across 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. When SFF decided to invest in Burundi, it struggled to find the types of grantees the foundation wanted to fund— young, African-led, grassroots non-governmental organizations with localized knowledge about their communities, and innovative and creative solutions  to address needs. SFF realized that the funding  model created by international actors was further marginalizing an already frail civil society. SFF decided that the only way to advance their grantmaking was to build the capacity of local organizations to be leaders and change-makers, as well as inform and Read more

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Philanthropic Models & Approaches









The State of Giving to Underserved Communities 2011

Numbers from The State of Giving to Underserved Communities 2011 show that there was a slight increase in giving to benefit marginalized groups, broadly defined, such as the economically disadvantaged, racial/ethnic minorities, LGBTQ citizens and others, at 42 percent in 2011 compared to 40 percent average in 2008-2010.

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, New Standards, Codes, and Ethics









The Women Effect

Try this exercise. When you think ‘women’ and ‘investing’ what do you think about? This piece is going to ask you to think about the ‘women effect’ as a factor across multiple dimensions where ‘women and girls’ and ‘impact investing’ come together. Across all asset classes, and a variety of stakeholders.

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Philanthropic Models & Approaches









Towards Transformative Change in Health Care

Analysis shows that only 31 percent of 880 foundations and institutional grantmakers that give billions towards domestic health-related causes gave half of their grants to meet the needs of the poor, disabled, the elderly and other underserved populations. Langston and NCRP recommend two strategies for health funders to improve significantly the impact of their philanthropy: allocating at least 50 percent of their grant dollars to benefit underserved communities and 25 towards advocacy, community organizing and civic engagement that promotes long-term systemic reform.

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Program Learning and Evaluation









TRANSformational Impact: U.S. Foundation Funding for Trans Communities

In the last decade, U.S. foundation funding for domestic and global trans issues increased more than eight fold – growing at three times the rate of LGBTQ funding overall. However, even at its record high of $8.3 million in 2013, the philanthropic resources provided hardly seem commensurate with the severe challenges global trans communities continue to face. TRANSformational Impact analyzes the scope and character of foundation funding for trans issues.

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Catagories: Field/Sector Learning and Evaluation , New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Online Publication, Strategy and Evaluation









Transformational Leadership Services

As a pilot for advancing culturally-relevant leadership training and effective practice in Black philanthropy, ABFE’s Transformational Leadership Services support a broad range of its members and allied partners within the philanthropic sector. We offer capacity building activities that strengthen management and leadership skills to address the complex issues that face Black communities, and coaching & training models that address the effects of long-term institutional racism and discriminatory policy implementation.

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Organizational Development - Strengthening/Building Your Team









Understanding Social Justice Philanthropy

This report examines the meaning of social justice philanthropy based on literature reviews and conversations with grantmakers, academics and nonprofit practitioners. What are the main elements of social justice philanthropy? What are the contradictions? This paper sets the stage for a report published by NCRP in the fall of 2004 that assesses the size and scope of the philanthropic social justice field and offer recommendations for funders.

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Vital Funding Part Two: Grantmaking Strategies for Improving LGBTQ Health

Vital Funding Part Two builds upon the rich conversations from the first LGBT Health Funding Summit and Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ special report, Vital Funding – Investing in LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing. This second report identifies several potential strategies for funders concerned about health disparities, HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQ communities to increase access to insurance coverage for LGBTQ people; build the capacity of the HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ health services sector; increase LGBTQ cultural and clinical competence of health service providers and systems; strengthen HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ health policy and advocacy infrastructure; and support efforts to address mental and behavioral health and Read more

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Catagories: Beyond the Grant , Essentials, Making and Managing Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Vital Funding: Investing in LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing

LGBTQ communities face stark health disparities ranging from high rates of HIV/AIDS and cancer to disproportionate levels of substance use and mental health challenges. This report assesses the scale and character of foundation funding addressing the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities. Between 2011 and 2013, domestic foundation funding for LGBTQ health totaled $50.4 million. In a rapidly changing landscape for both health policy and LGBTQ issues, funders now have several unique opportunities to achieve lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities.

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Catagories: Essentials, Issue-Specific Grants, Making and Managing Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Webinar Recap – Community Voices Heard: Engaging Constituents for Social, Economic and Racial Justice

Community Voices Heard (CVH) is a member-led multi-racial organization, principally women of color and low-income families in New York State that builds power to secure social, economic and racial justice for all.  They accomplish this through grassroots organizing, leadership development, policy changes, and creating new models of direct democracy. Learn how CVH builds leadership development and collective power towards broader goals of government transparency and social justice. We explored case studies around three impact issues: welfare policy reform, public housing reform, and participatory budgeting. We also learned what it looks like to fund this work. Attendees learned how funding community Read more

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Catagories: Beyond the Grant , New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Webinar Recap – Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement: Strategies for Success

In the wake of Ferguson, Eric Garner, and the burgeoning #blacklivesmatter movement, the campaign to improve black male achievement has become more urgent than ever. During this webinar, we were joined by policy and communications experts who’ve been building and sustaining the movement for years. Through the lens of the Foundation Center’s landmark report, “Building a Beloved Community: Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement” we explored the capacity-building and systems-change strategies from the bird’s eye to the grassroots to learn what’s working.

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Catagories: Essentials, Field/Sector Learning and Evaluation , New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Women and Giving

Because philanthropy can help organizations take calculated risks, not all philanthropy achieves its goals. However, when successful, philanthropic and personal investments can pay dividends in the form of meaningful connection and even joy. Why does women’s philanthropy matter? Here are three reasons: Women control more of the financial pie than ever before The percentage of women wielding wealth is only going to rise Research supports the idea that gender differences in giving between women and men are real  

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Philanthropy's History, Role in Society









Working Toward Diversity IV

Working Towards Diversity IV, released in 2011, paints a comprehensive picture of demographics, policies and practices on diversity and inclusion of Minnesota grantmakers. Survey results and analysis, focus group summaries and highlights from leadership profiles illustrate an ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion in philanthropy in the state. The first Working Towards Diversity report was published in 1995. Now in its fourth iteration, this latest research is a mile-marker to help Minnesota grantmakers understand their progress in upholding the values of diversity and inclusion in their organizations, in their grantmaking and in the community.

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Catagories: New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion









Youth Civic Engagement for Dialogue and Diversity at the Metropolitan Level

Youth civic engagement can take various forms, of which intergroup dialogue is one. Some forms – such as electoral participation – are inappropriate for young people. This article describes Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity in Metropolitan Detroit, the nation’s most segregated metropolitan area. High-school-age students participated in intra and intergroup dialogues, metropolitan tours, residential retreats, and community action projects. Youth participants increased their knowledge of their own racial and ethnic identities and those of others, increased their awareness and understanding of racism and racial privilege, and developed leadership skills and took actions to challenge racism in their communities.

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Catagories: Issue-Specific Grants, New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion