U.S. Foundation Funding for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Infrastructure 2004–2015

FavoriteThere are an estimated 10 million non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide. If NGOs were a country, they’d have the fifth-largest economy in the world.¹ The nonprofit sector in the United States alone contributed more than $930 billion to the economy in 2014.² Given the volume and complexity of civil society organizations around the world, a substantial ecosystem of support organizations have emerged over time to enable, strengthen, and evolve their work. These support organizations, also known as “infrastructure organizations,” provide essential services such as strategic planning; evaluation, assessment, and feedback; board and staff development; data and research; legal services; business modeling; and support Read more

Power Moves: Your essential philanthropy assessment guide for equity and justice and Webinars

FavoriteThis complete assessment guide for equity and justice will help determine how well you are building, sharing, and wielding power, and identify ways to transform your programs and operations for lasting, equitable impact. The self-assessment toolkit includes ready-to-use guides, insightful anecdotes, and comprehensive resources to help you on your power journey towards high-impact giving. On-demand webinar recordings Free recordings from the latest 2 Power Moves webinars Grantmaking at the Grassroots: Building power for equitable systems change — Take a deeper dive into the why’s and how’s of building power effectively for maximum impact. Featuring: Daniel Lee, Levi Strauss Foundation Alejandra L. Ibañez, Read more

Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking

FavoriteParticipatory grantmaking is increasingly visible and of interest to a range of funders, because it revolutionizes traditional structures of philanthropy. Specifically: It redefines who qualifies as a “grantmaker,” and challenges traditional power dynamics, which affect everything from who knows about grant opportunities to who gets those grants. It goes beyond grantmaking to the importance of advancing public and democratic participation in decision making. It strengthens trust and credibility between donors and grantees. Written by Cynthia Gibson, the guide features voices and examples drawn from a range of participatory grantmakers. Participatory grantmaking models range in geographic scale—from local neighborhoods to global Read more

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