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Peace and Security Funding Index — An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking

Favorite Since its launch in 2016, the Peace and Security Funding Index has helped define the field of peace and security grantmaking. Each year, we collect and categorize thousands of grants awarded by hundreds of foundations working on peace and security issues across the globe. In 2015—the latest complete year for which grants data is available1—336 foundations made 2,908 grants, totaling $351 million, in support of peace and security work. This research centers around a framework of three overarching categories that support activities to prevent future conflict, resolve existing conflict, and support stability and resiliency. The three categories are further Read more





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Expert Q & A: How can grantmakers best read and analyze nonprofit financial statements?

FavoriteBy: Chad Gorski, Senior Internal Auditor at Howard Hughes Medical Institute Understand the goal of the statement analysis and consider the risk assessment needs of your organization: What part of the required due diligence process does it fulfill? How much risk is acceptable? What red flags will impact decision-making? Is a ground-up analysis necessary or can third party info be used? See Project Streamline’s guide on Grant Budgets and Financial Reports, which helps grantmakers think through what information is really needed to make a grant. The Due Diligence Done Well guide from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is also very useful. Understand the accounting Read more





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Learn – Learning with PEAK Grantmaking

FavoritePEAK Grantmaking is committed to providing relevant learning opportunities and resources for all professionals in grants management. Investing in yourself and your career is the ultimate long-term investment. Start learning today! Learning Advisor – Identify and Address Skills Gaps. Optimize Your Performance. PEAK Grantmaking’s Grants Management Professional Competency Model defines the professional knowledge, skills, and abilities expected of grants management professionals, regardless of their area of specialization, the size of their organization, or their role within the field. View the Competency Model | Download the PDF Webinars Popular Learning Resources





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Expert Q & A: How Can a Young Professional Prepare for Advancement?

FavoriteBy: Karen McNeil-Miller, former president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Identify a potential role/level you would like to attain and seek out several people who already have those roles.  Find out the competencies/behaviors/skills needed to be effective in the role currently and in the future Be intentional in your career to seek roles along the way that can offer you an opportunity to develop those skills and competencies. Join relevant philanthropic associations such as EPIP (Emerging Professionals in Philanthropy), ABFE (Association for Black Foundation Executives, HIP (Hispanics in Philanthropy), communications networks, etc. Volunteer inside and outside your organization to develop your Read more





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Expert Q & A: How can we make learning fun for new grantmakers?

FavoriteBy: Jessica Bearman, principal, Bearman Consulting I went to Google and did a quick search on “Fun and Learning” and quickly noticed that with or without the quotation marks, all the hits were resources for kids. Searching on Adults Learning and Fun yielded a bunch of websites devoted to icebreakers… as though fun can be part of learning, as long as it’s contained at the beginning of the meeting or workshop. And so then I asked myself: “What makes learning fun and how can fun make learning better?”  Based on what we know about how adults learn, here are some quick Read more





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Expert Q & A: Strategic, Emergent, or (fill in the blank) Philanthropy: What’s the Right Approach?

FavoriteBy Dara Major, Principal, Dara Major Philanthropy Consulting Over the last century or so of philanthropic practice, multiple pathways for achieving results have emerged. Two of the most widely adopted  (and most recently debated) are “strategic” and “emergent” philanthropy. Both have deep roots in the field, as well as a range of adherents and even skeptics. Other approaches in various stages of experimentation, adoption, or rejection include “philanthrocapitalism,” and “venture,” “catalytic,” and “high engagement” philanthropy. What’s a grantmaker to do? Which approach, hybrid, or combination of approaches is right for you/ your program or initiative / your organization? How can Read more





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7 principles of evaluation — How we practice effective philanthropy: Resources and guides from the Hewlett Foundation

Favorite The Hewlett Foundation’s Effective Philanthropy Group (EPG) seeks to strengthen the capacity of the foundation’s staff, its grantees and philanthropy, in general, to achieve their goals and benefit the common good. The team has staff whose roles are externally focused – making grants to strengthen nonprofits and the philanthropic sector – as well as staff whose roles are internally focused. Internally, we partner with Hewlett Foundation program staff and serve act as the foundation’s in-house experts on specific areas of philanthropic practice, such as grantmaking strategy, evaluation, progress tracking and organizational learning. Here are some useful resources related to Read more







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Connecticut Toolkit for Giving

FavoriteConnecticut Toolkit for Giving By giving to charitable and philanthropic organizations, we exercise our support for the goals, the people and the purposes we believe in. Giving is our individual response to human needs; it gives our wealth meaning and engages us in shaping a better world. There are many ways to give. This is your guide to finding the choice that is right for you. Planning your giving Worthwhile considerations prior to planning your charitable giving. Ways to Give Key points about eight options for giving. Why do we give A listing of reasons why we choose to give. Read more





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Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional Course (CNAP)

FavoriteThe only nationally recognized certification program for nonprofit accounting professionals, CNAP earns high accolades from graduates for its comprehensive curriculum. CNAP offers those on the nonprofit financial management and accounting front line comprehensive training on every component of nonprofit financial management. CNAP topics address issues like: • Financial Reporting • Internal Controls • Budget Development • Governance • IRS Form 990 FMA offers a special discount of $100 off the cost of both the in-person and online CNAP programs to individuals with a LearnPhilanthropy account — use the code LP2020.





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CFLeads Executive Leadership Institute

FavoriteThe Executive Leadership Institute is a year-long learning opportunity focusing exclusively on community leadership for community foundation CEOs and community foundation Vice Presidents (VPs). As local needs grow, community foundations are stepping up and using their many assets to work with residents and partners across sectors to tackle tough issues. They are taking on a community leadership role. ELI reflects a growing recognition in the field that the practice of community leadership requires specific skills and strategies.