5 Tips for Community Building through Digital Inclusion

Digital inclusion builds capacity of neighborhood leaders who acquire new digital literacy skills, devices, or internet access, strengthens relationships between neighborhoods, and engages the community through online organizing. Every local context will require a unique approach. However, here are some tips based on experiences at the Housing Partnership that can help get you started.

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A Hedgehog Moment: The Roles and Pitfalls of Strategic Philanthropy for Family Foundations and Donors

The growing quantity of giving has not been matched by improved quality. The growth in the quantity of new philanthropy and the search for more effective philanthropy has now produced a “significant moment in the marketization of philanthropy.” A recent outpouring of books by foundation officials, consultants and academics has broadly emphasized the idea that “strategic philanthropy” in some form promises significant improvements. With these books, then, do donors, family foundations, and philanthropy generally have new usable knowledge to meet the challenge of quality grantmaking?

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Catalytic Philanthropy

The idea behind catalytic philanthropy can be traced to one of FSG’s very first articles, “Philanthropy’s New Agenda: Creating Value” (Harvard Business Review, 1999). In that piece, they noted that funders have a variety of options—beyond their grant dollars—to create social change. To determine the best interventions and roles for them to play, foundations need to develop clear strategies based on data and well-defined goals.

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Conversations with Remarkable Givers

Conversations with Remarkable Givers is an unprecedented collection of more than 1,200 video clips, drawn from 50-plus interviews with philanthropists and foundation leaders, including Michael J. Fox, Melinda Gates, Ted Turner, Jennifer and Peter Buffett, David Rubenstein, Jean and Steve Case, Jane Siebels, Darren Walker, and Emmett Carson. Our interviewees discuss important components of philanthropy such as how they involve family and choose which causes to support, and how they work with grantees and measure results.

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Data Playbook

A Measured Approach. For purpose-driven organizations, data means more than just numbers and graphs — it is about understanding what more you can do to change lives and strengthen communities. The Data Playbook is designed to help you make sense of the data you already have and to build upon it. In it, you will learn about what data you need; how best to collect it; how to analyze it to meet your needs; how to present it; and how to use it to inform your work and tell your story. Whether you are looking for guidance on how to Read more

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Giving in Challenging Times

The Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors released a guide called “Giving in Challenging Times,” in 2008. They followed up ten years later with this blog post and recommended that donors take their time to carefully “review, recalibrate, and recommit” – an approach that also makes sense now.

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Greater Influence, More Impact

Influence can be one of the most important tools for impact. Here are five steps for organizations — foundations or otherwise — to build their own strategy.

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Inheriting a Grant Portfolio: A case on grant making in water management

This case surveys the landscape in order to help you make effective decisions for your foundation. Highlights: Reviewing what has gone before; Identifying a new focus and direction; Making your first decisions.

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Nonprofit Collaborations: Why Teaming Up Can Make Sense

For-profit companies have long recognized the value of collaborations. More nonprofits are now looking for the same benefits. A successful collaboration can help a nonprofit: save costs by sharing infrastructure and administrative expenses strengthen programs expand the value proposition for both organizations improve efficiency tap complementary skills and abilities increase leadership skills

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Exit Strategies for Foundations

This editorial blog introduces a special issue of The Foundation Review on Exit Strategies. Foundations of various sizes and geographic foci share what they have learned about exiting with grace and impact.  

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