Frameworks for Private Foundations

FavoriteThis GrantCraft Leadership Series paper produced in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, explores the core frameworks that shape private foundations, and offers a roadmap for funders interested in reflecting on these frameworks to better align purpose, public benefit, and action.


6 Steps to Evaluating your Program

Favorite One of the most effective things you can do to strengthen your dialogue-to-change program is to create an accurate process for documenting and evaluating the entire effort. Many people who take part in your program will want to know who participated, how effective the organizing strategies were, and what the outcomes were. Moreover, grant-making foundations, public officials, news media, and other people who can help you expand, strengthen, and institutionalize the dialogue-to-change program in your community will all want to know about your efforts and their impact. 1. Revisit your goals 2. Set benchmarks 3. Document the basics 4. Track Read more

Internal Communications: Strategies for an Overlooked—But Critical—Communications Channel

FavoriteThis recap of a presentation explains why internal communications are as important and necessary as external communications for the long-term impact and sustainability of your foundation. A framework and suggested activities are offered along with a handout and powerpoint presentation.

Benchmarking Program Officer Roles and Responsibilities

FavoriteIn this report, the Center for Effective Philanthropy shares the results of a survey conducted in mid-2016 to gain a better understanding of the role of the program officer. The report provides a comprehensive collection of benchmarking data on topics ranging from the professional and educational backgrounds of program officers, to technical information about the structure of the program officer role, to program officers’ perspectives on certain aspects of their work, such as the funder-grantee dynamic.

What It Takes: How to Build an Effective, Modern Communications Shop

FavoriteThe goal of this survey was to get a clear, data-driven definition of what skills, qualities, and competencies are necessary for people who do work in communications for good to excel. Based on the survey findings, it’s clear there are steps you can take to improve your communications work in this ever-evolving field. You can access the executive summary and full report below: Executive Summary Core Communications Competencies

Capital Scan: Climate Resilient & Equitable Water Systems

Favorite This Climate Resilient & Equitable Water Systems Capital Scan was commissioned by The Kresge Foundation and authored by MissionPoint Partners and California Environmental Associates. It is designed to illuminate integrated strategies with pathways for using a full suite of capital tools — including program related investments (PRIs) and mission related investments (MRIs) – to  accelerate the implementation of innovative solutions to unlock the flow of capital in the water sector. The goal is support of Kresge’s Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems (CREWS) work – advancing a water equity agenda that supports solutions to address climate-related impacts on water systems, enhance climate planning Read more

The Alliance magazine June issue – Solidarity – more in common?

FavoriteSolidarity – more in common? ‘We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.’ These were the words of Jo Cox in her maiden speech to the UK Parliament on 3 June 2015. On 16 June 2016, just over one year later, Cox was murdered on her way to a meeting in her constituency. The Alliance special feature, guest edited by King Baudouin Foundation’s Stefan Schäfers, explores the complex and sensitive relationship between philanthropy and solidarity. Jo Cox’s murder was not just an affront to our common humanity but a Read more