Dissonance & Disconnects: How entry- and mid-level foundation staff see their futures, their institutions and their field

FavoriteIn recent years, our country has faced rising tensions across racial, social, and political lines. Virtually every issue in which philanthropy is active — education, environment, climate, LGBTQ rights, immigration, healthcare, and more — has been affected in some way. Early- and mid-career practitioners are poised to help philanthropy navigate this current moment. They are powerful assets to their institutions — if their institutions can meaningfully engage them. Dissonance & Disconnects: How entry and mid-level foundation staff see their futures, their institutions, and their field examines the thoughts and feelings of early- and mid- career practitioners on philanthropy and their Read more

Great Funder–Nonprofit Relationships Toolkit

FavoriteThis toolkit is designed to help funders recognize the aspects of great relationships with your nonprofit partners, assess competencies, and consider ways to improve how to work with one another. Many ideas in this toolkit were generated by funders and nonprofits during a series of half-day programs around the country, hosted in partnership with the National Council of Nonprofits and with funding from the Fund for Shared Insight. This simple tool walks through: The hallmarks of great relationships. A self-diagnostic that can help you identify opportunities for improvement. Two key skills that can improve relationships in any given area. In this resource, you’ll also Read more

The State of Global Giving by U.S. Foundations

FavoriteThis report represents the latest in a decades-long collaboration between Foundation Center and Council on Foundations to regularly analyze the data and trends on international grantmaking by U.S. foundations. In addition to a detailed analysis of funding trends by issue areas, regions, population focus, and strategies, this report also relates these trends to key events and developments during the time period, such as the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the reversal of the global gag rule, and the increasing legal restrictions faced by civil society in countries around the world.

Creative Placemaking and Expansion of Opportunity

Favorite Creative Placemaking, the integration of arts, culture and community engaged-design into comprehensive community development and urban planning, has gained momentum in the last several years. This paper examines critical needs or opportunities to help the Creative Placemaking field continue taking root in community planning, and to better contribute to expanded opportunity and equity in low-income communities. Several years into the advancement of Creative Placemaking, the language and general premise are taking hold. The term is now widespread in the arts and culture field, and increasingly in community development and urban planning. Yet critical gaps in the field must be addressed Read more