Beldon Fund Lessons and Tips for Spending Out

The Beldon Fund’s ten-year experience with spending out while seeking to accomplish an ambitious mission yielded a range of useful lessons that we believe are applicable more broadly. They cover the practical nuts and bolts of putting a foundation on a spend-out course as well as specific tips on effective program strategies to achieve impact.

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Bringing grantmaking in from the cold

Increasingly, the practice of grantmaking as a tool for bringing about social change has fallen out of favour, replaced by newer, snappier-sounding forms of philanthropy. In laying out their wares, venture philanthropy, strategic philanthropy, philanthrocapitalism and, most recently, ‘catalytic philanthropy’ have all made claims for greater effectiveness.  

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Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing

Mission Investors Exchange and the Council on Foundations welcome you to the “Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing: Reflections from the Field and Resources for Moving Forward.” You will discover all the resources and connections that it has to offer community foundations interested in learning about, designing, and activating an impact investing program.  

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Embedded Foundations: Advancing Community Change and Empowerment

In this article, the authors describe the distinction between embedded funding approaches and other conventional efforts. Then, using the experience extracted from case studies of selected embedded foundation efforts, they delineate several key methods involved and discuss implications for future work.

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Essentials of Impact Investing: A Guide for Small-Staffed Foundations

This Guide shows how foundations of all sizes can now tap into the resources, expertise, and capacity they need to become successful and skilled impact investors.  

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Everything You Need to Know About Impact Investing (In 1 Hour!)

In this webinar experts will elaborate upon what Impact Investing is, how to decide if it’s right for your organization and explore some of the the biggest hurdles holding individuals and organizations back from directing funds to impact investing.

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Getting Started in Philanthropy

Giving Communities is a resource developed by Bolder Giving to help you find communities of donors with whom you share common interests and values. As you start your giving journey, the six questions offered on this website are a great place to begin. With each one, we’ve offered some suggestions or ideas for reflection to help get you started.

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Giving Circle Facilitation Guide

This guide will equip you to be a rockstar giving circle leader by taking you step-by-step through your philanthropic journey, from rallying a group to celebrating your grant.

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Giving Circles/Collective Giving Groups in the U.S.

This new study’s findings provide strong evidence that giving circles are an increasingly significant philanthropic force, engaging a greater diversity of donors, including women, people of various ethnic and racial backgrounds, and donors of all wealth levels.

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Guide to Impact Investing

Grantmakers In Health (2017): This guide provides a framework to help funders think strategically about the potential of impact investing, part of a growing practice that incorporates environmental, social, and governance criteria into investment decision making. Kresge helped fund the study.

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Impact Capital Measurement

This report describes five different foundations’ approaches to measuring the social impact of program-related investments (PRIs). In addition, it reviews three other approaches to measuring the social impact of other impact investments that may be relevant to foundations.

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Impact investing in a democracy: A response to ‘Markets for Good: removing the barriers’

In the recent Alliance special feature, ‘Markets for good: removing the barriers’, we had not just one article but several from around the globe about social impact investing. It’s a joyhttp://www.alliancemagazine.org/en/content/june-2014 to think that the field is now at a point that such an esteemed and diverse group of contributors can come together and debate the issues raised by Monitor Inclusive Markets’ report Beyond the Pioneer: Getting inclusive industries to scale. For me one big issue the report raises is the role of government vis-à-vis impact investing in addressing social problems.

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Jewish Giving Circle Facilitation Guide

We understand that faith-based giving circles will look a little different from regular giving circles. We’ve incorporated teachings from Judaism into our Facilitation Guide to help you make the most of your Jewish giving circle.

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Laying the Groundwork for a National Impact Investing Marketplace

This article discusses the practice of impact investing. The Impact Finance Center partnered with foundations and other investors in Colorado to create CO Impact Days and Initiative to demonstrate how to address this need for a more efficient and effective marketplace.  

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Philanthropy Roadmap Guides

The Philanthropy Roadmap campaign is a series of brief guides designed to introduce you to the world of thoughtful, effective philanthropy. Published by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, it’s a roadmap for donors — individuals, couples, families or groups, offering an overview of issues that philanthropists may want to consider as they create their own giving strategies. Your Philanthropy Roadmap Next Gen Philanthropy Funding Locally Launching Your Own Major Project Giving Strategically After Disaster Impact Investing, An Introduction Impact Investing, Strategy and Action Supporting Social Entrepreneurship The Rockefellers Women and Giving Talking to Your Family About Philanthropy Making Change Happen Major Gifts Read more

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Private Foundations and Donor-Advised Funds: A Side-by-Side Comparison

This guide will tell you the difference between a private foundation or a donor advised one and help you figure out which one is best for you.

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Scanning the Landscape of Youth Philanthropy

This report shares reflections on an in-depth examination of the story and needs of youth grantmaking (young people making monetary contributions to organizations through established institutions or governing bodies). The report finds that while more than 200 foundations worldwide offer youth grantmaking programs and more than 100 related resources exist, that information is not broadly available. This scan was conducted in partnership with Youth Philanthropy Connect, a program of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation.

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TEDx: Amplify the Money You Give

The word “philanthropist” evokes the names of billionaire donors – Rockefeller, Gates, Pew – but in reality, most charitable giving comes from regular people giving smaller amounts. How can you, the non-billionaire, do the most good with what you give? Kat Rosqueta, who launched the Center for High Impact Philanthropy in 2006, shows how to become a high-impact philanthropist, with a few tips for getting more engaged with your donations – one dollar, one cause, at a time.

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The Future of Philanthropy: A Closer Look at Youth Grantmaking

For this webinar, we learned what is happening in the field of youth philanthropy to prepare for this massive shift. The Foundation Center and Youth Philanthropy Connect partnered to conduct the first landscape scan of this scale on youth grantmaking, and they joined us for this discussion. We learned about the impact it has made on the lives of youth. Participants also learned how you to take part in their inspiring movement.

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What Does Community Philanthropy Look Like? Case Studies on Community Philanthropy

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation commissioned Barry Knight of CENTRIS to develop these case studies featuring profiles of eight community philanthropy initiatives from around the world.

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What Is a Family Foundation?

This article surveys the different definitions of family foundation that are, and have been, used by key organizations in the field and by researchers. It also reviews examples of the variations and complicating factors that make answering the title question difficult.  

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