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Thrive at Five: The Secrets of Long-Term Family Philanthropy

FavoritePassages Issue Brief — Exploring Issues in Family Giving If you are a newer family foundation with one or two generations on the board, five generations may seem like a long time away. Yet in family philanthropy, quite a few foundations have been operating and thriving for 50, 75, even 100 years. What’s the secret of these family philanthropies that make it five generations or more? How do they stay united over time, over generations, and across family branches? How do they successfully attract and engage younger family members? These long-time family foundations share their secrets for making it to five Read more

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Philanthropy Roadmap Guides

FavoriteThe 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. NEW Impact Investing, An Introduction NEW Impact Investing, Strategy and Action Your Philanthropy Roadmap Next Gen Philanthropy Funding Locally Launching Your Own Major Project Giving Strategically After Disaster 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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Expert Q & A: How do learning needs and styles differ across generations, and how can family foundations teach philanthropy to the next generation?

FavoriteBy: Sharna Goldseker, Executive Director at 21/64 From your work across multiple generations in philanthropic organizations, what are you seeing as key learning needs? Much of the work we’ve been doing at 21/64 since we were established in 2002, coincides with research that shows each generation brings a unique set of values, skills, and experiences to the philanthropic table. The first key learning need is around values clarification, which we believe leads not only to better working relationships among funders but also to more effective philanthropy. Beginning to uncover one’s own values and learn what values motivate others is critical to bridging the generational divide. Read more







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CMF / Johnson Center Grantmaking Series

FavoriteThis practitioner-led learning series of webinars and workshops, offered by the Council of Michigan Foundations and the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, teaches the techniques of effective grantmaking to both new and seasoned foundation professionals. The sessions are highly practical, academically rigorous, and designed to be as accessible and affordable as possible. Participants who complete the series will receive a Certificate of Completion.





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2016 Tracking Report

FavoriteLesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender And Queer Grantmaking By U.S. Foundations The 2016 Tracking Report (2018) explores the scope and character of foundation funding for LGBTQ issues in the calendar year 2015. The report analyzes 6,032 grants from 348 foundations, making it the most comprehensive assessment of LGBTQ funding available. The year 2016 brought with it a historic milestone: LGBTQ grantmaking surpassed $200 million for the first time ever. At $202.3 million, we exceeded our strategic goal of $200 million in foundation funding for LGBTQ issues by 2017. However, given the story behind this milestone, it is cause for neither celebration Read more





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The Alliance magazine March 2018 issue – Diaspora philanthropy

FavoriteIn this March 2018 issue of Alliance, we look in-depth at the phenomenon of diaspora philanthropy. With increasing numbers on the move, new ties are being formed between peoples, nations and states across the world. While most attention has focused on remittances – the act of sending money from one place to another – we shine a light on the philanthropic dimensions of diasporas worldwide. The perspectives of contributors from Africa, India, Pakistan, Kashmir, Ireland and Palestine, to name a few of the places you can read about in this issue, reflect the truly global nature of diaspora giving. While Read more





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Generation Impact: How Next Gen Donors Are Revolutionizing Giving

FavoriteThis article clarifies the theory and practice of generative philanthropy and contrast it with other approaches. It provides an in-depth discussion of the meaning of generative philanthropy, offers five examples of the approach related to economic opportunity, and draws lessons for future practice.





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Funder Collaborations — Flourish or Flounder?

FavoriteThe William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Education First participated in a half-dozen joint funding efforts to support the success of the Common Core State Standards in the nation’s K-12 public education system. Looking critically at these efforts, the authors learned lessons about why some collaborations are more effective.





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Considerations for Measuring the Impact of Policy-Relevant Research

FavoriteThis article highlights the findings of an 18-month pilot project conducted by AcademyHealth to help the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation better understand the impact of a subset of the foundation’s research grants, across investment types, on health insurance coverage and health reform, and to help inform how the foundation may more systematically track and measure the impact of the research it funds.





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Top Philanthropy Job Boards

FavoriteNonprofit and Philanthropy Job Boards Associated Grant Makers Bridgespan Chronicle of Philanthropy The Communications Network Common Good Careers Council on Foundations Emerging Practitioners In Philanthropy (EPIP) Idealist National Council of Nonprofits Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group The Nonprofit Times Career Center Opportunity Knocks Philanthropy Journal Philanthropy News Digest Professionals for Nonprofits United Philanthropy Forum Regional Job Boards Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers  Colorado Association of Funders Connecticut Council for Philanthropy Council of Michigan Foundations Northern California Grantmakers Philanthropy New York Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropy Ohio





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Foundation Board Leadership: A Closer Look at Foundation Board Responses to Leading with Intent 2017

FavoriteIn an effort to better understand the particular dynamics of foundation boards, BoardSource took a closer look at the subset of responses from the 141 foundation leaders who completed the 2017 Leading with Intent survey. KEY FINDINGS: When it comes to the board’s perceived impact on foundation performance, there are three board characteristics that may matter most: 1) providing guidance and support to the chief executive, 2) the board’s understanding of its roles and responsibilities, and 3) the extent to which the board is adaptable in the face of changes in the environment. Foundation boards lack racial and ethnic diversity Read more