Starting a Foundation

FavoriteThe Council on Foundations is a membership organization that supports grantmakers in various aspects of foundation management. They supply basic information to help with understanding the general steps in starting a foundation.

Philanthropy’s Reflective Practices Guide

FavoriteWhat do skilled philanthropy practitioners have in common? They are active learners about the fields, issues and places they support. That is their first discipline. And, they work at creating meaningful connections with grantees and others, especially when power imbalances, difficult conversations or differing viewpoints are at play. This is their second discipline. In this guide, you will find their stories about using four methods of reflective practice that can help you build what you bring to advancing change inside your foundation, with your grantees and other partners.

2015-2016 Global Resources Report

FavoriteFunders for LGBTQ Issues and Global Philanthropy Project are pleased to present the 2015-2016 Global Resources Report: Philanthropic & Government Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities, a comprehensive report on the state of foundation and government funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) issues. This report captures data on 12,964 grants awarded by 511 foundations, intermediaries, and corporations and by 15 government and multilateral agencies over the two-year period of 2015-2016. It provides detailed data on the distribution of LGBTI funding by geography, issue, strategy, and population focus, offering a tool for identifying trends, gaps, and opportunities in the rapidly changing landscape of LGBTI Read more

From Words to Action A Practical Philanthropic Guide to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Favorite As communities worldwide are becoming more diverse, they are increasingly tackling the realities of systemic inequity. Philanthropy too must acknowledge its place in the context of transformative demographic changes. Addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has been an ongoing challenge within philanthropy, and while there has been progress, it requires continual work. This GrantCraft leadership series paper by Barbara Chow dives into those challenges and opportunities to explore how DEI can become more integrated into grantmaking practices and broader foundation ethos. This paper aims to inspire new ideas and thinking by foundations about how DEI can become more integrated in grantmaking practices Read more

How Community Philanthropy Shifts Power: What Donors Can Do to Help Make That Happen

Favorite This paper is for donors looking for ways to ensure that our interventions produce lasting results that are owned and directed by the people they are meant to benefit. It offers practical advice and examples based on the experiences of a variety of different donors, as well as some thoughts on how we donors can do more to share and shift power while fulfilling our own institutional oversight and accountability requirements.

Field Notes in Philanthropy

FavoriteField Notes in Philanthropy hosts conversations exploring the places where politics, current events and philanthropy intersect and their impact locally and globally. Hosted by: Patrick Center, News and Public Affairs Director, WGVU Public Media, PBS & NPR Tory Martin, Director of Communications and Engagement for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy Matthew Downey, Director of Nonprofit Services for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Being the Change 12 Ways Foundations Are Transforming Themselves to Transform Their Impact

FavoriteTo achieve meaningful impact at scale, many foundations are aiming to influence the actions and investments of the public and private sectors as well as address the complex and deeply entrenched conditions that hold social problems in place. To do so, foundations are not only offering grant funding but are also expanding how they apply their assets, knowledge, skills, networks, and people in new ways. There is a wealth of information on how to adapt strategies to create impact at scale and to change systems; however, less has been written about what internal practices are needed to make this happen. To find out, we interviewed 114 Read more

PEAK Insight Journal, Revisit Reporting

FavoriteIn this issue of PEAK Insight Journal, articles focus on how reporting can lead to greater results. Too often, funders are missing the connections, lessons, and relationships that grant reporting could and should be making. Reporting is often our field’s first (and sometimes only) opportunity to explore the space between what we hoped for and what actually happened. Reviewing and responding to a grant report can be a critical part of an ongoing conversation between a grantmaker and its nonprofit partners. Reporting can be designed and deployed to benefit the shared work of the funder and grantee.

Funder Executive Education Program

FavoriteThe Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP)’s funder education course is designed for grantmakers, foundation trustees, foundation executive directors/CEO’s and other philanthropic leaders who are eager to create more social impact with their giving. This highly-rated course is based on ten years of pioneering work to help funders and grantmakers worldwide achieve greater social impact. Participants will learn the tools and strategies needed to apply the principles of high impact philanthropy to their own efforts. October 8-12, 2018 — Philadelphia, PA For more information about onsite trainings and custom engagements, please contact Anne Ferola at Program Agenda THE PHILANTHROPY Read more

Field Focus

FavoriteCurrent Focus: Data and the Sector In April, May, and June, we’ll explore how data can drive effective philanthropy. We’ll hear from colleagues across the sector and identify resources from years of research and engagement. We’ll gather what we learn and share it with you, presenting perspectives on all the ways data impacts our work and our missions. Related reading, webinars and other resources. Curated content, resources, & tools focused on topics and concepts important to philanthropy right now. Field Focus is an initiative to empower our networks by bringing practitioners, thought leaders, and issue experts together around one theme.

TEDx and TED Talks About Learning

FavoriteBy: Megan Murphy, former project manager at LearnPhilanthropy  Here at LearnPhilanthropy, we are interested in how you learn as much as providing resources to help you learn. We believe it is important to think about our own learning styles. Having information on different styles and techniques can help us overcome frustration and be more intentional about focusing effort toward learning. Below are some of our favorite TEDx and TED Talks about learning how to learn. Learning How to Learn: Barbara Oakley talks about learning how to use focused energy to learn something new with the Pomodoro Technique. Learning to be Read more