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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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