11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2018

Favorite 11 trends: 1. Giving More by Giving Together: The Johnson Center’s W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair Jason Franklin has conducted significant research on collaborative giving, including as part of a research team that recently released a report on giving circles. He anticipates seeing the growth of more democratized and diversified philanthropy. Franklin said giving circles and other collaborative giving groups have tripled in number since 2007 and that number is expected to grow. 2. Next Gen Donors and the “Golden Age of Giving”: Gen-Xers and Millennials with the capacity for making major gifts will likely become the most significant generation of philanthropists Read more


FavoriteThis report provides salary, benefits, and diversity data for full-time staff at U.S. foundations to aid in budget planning and personnel practice benchmarking. Information is presented by grantmaker type, foundation type, asset size, and geographic location. Contents include: Salary data on 9,730 full-time staff from 970 organizations Increase, bonus, and severance eligibility and activity data Staff counts for full and part-time staff by grantmaker type and asset size Gender, race/ethnicity, age, and disability counts Staff tenure, departure, and turnover rates CEO-specific compensation, benefits, and discretionary grantmaking practices Benefits practices and employer costs

Mastering Foundation Law: The Council on Foundations Compendium of Legal Resources

FavoriteMastering Foundation Law: The Council on Foundations Compendium of Legal Resources is an annual subscription service through which subscribers receive a number of chapters per year working towards a full offering of around 40 chapters. The Compendium allows all subscribers, even those without legal training, to understand the laws impacting philanthropy. Each chapter delves into a separate topic of foundation law and is written by Council attorneys with contributions from other experienced attorneys. There will be a significant number of topics intended to benefit community and private foundations separately. The chapters also include tips for incorporating relevant law into your Read more

About Impact Investing

FavoriteThis website features a Q&A on what impact investing is and how it’s used as a tool to support our communities. It’s important to remember that the Impact Investing field — along with its terminology and uses — is constantly adapting and redefining itself as practitioners learn by doing. Mission Investors Exchange, the leading network for foundations committed to impact investing, will continually revisit this page as we incorporate the perspectives of our members and evolve with the field.

Reshaping Workforce Development in Baltimore Ensuring Community Voice and Expertise Guide Us

FavoriteThis report shares what the Casey Foundation learned from Baltimore residents — both interviewees and consultants — and demonstrates that young adults and other community voices can be incorporated into the institutional decision-making process. It delivers a road map for implementing similar research models while helping leaders sharpen their strategies for engaging youth in educational, workforce development and employment opportunities.

Center for Community Foundation Excellence Series

FavoriteThese courses help community foundation staff, board members and volunteers master the unique aspects of the community foundation field in short order. You’ll learn about effective practices, get helpful tools and information and have the opportunity to network with others in the field. Comprehensive and engaging, these courses are an efficient and affordable way to increase your knowledge of the field, to help you work more effectively.

The XX Factor: A Comprehensive Framework for Improving the Lives of Women & Girls

Favorite In this report, we provide a comprehensive framework for those interested in advancing the lives of women and girls. Our team examined dozens of research studies and related frameworks, sorting through the thousands of indicators that are being used by development institutions, policymakers, foundations, community agencies, and other stakeholders concerned about making a difference in the lives of women and girls. What emerged from the evidence was consensus around which indicators link to the greatest impact on the lives of women and girls globally, in five key areas: health, education, economic empowerment, personal safety, and legal rights. We call Read more

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

FavoriteBy: Karen McNeil-Miller, president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation 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.