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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





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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





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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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Expert Q & A: What can someone working at a corporation in an area unrelated to corporate philanthropy do to orient himself or herself when joining the corporate citizenship team?

FavoriteBy: Ann Cramer, senior consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates 1.   Get a basic orientation of your own corporate culture, values, and direction – corporate philanthropy and citizenship today is a lot different than employee engagement (volunteerism) with “tee shirts and balloons,” or even community relations and contributions.  Use local corporate donor groups as well as the Council on Foundations and United Philanthropy Forum affiliates to learn with and from colleagues. 2.  Read some of the really key/basic works.  For example: Rosabeth Moss Kanter”s “From Spare Change to Real Change;” The work of Michael Porter, Mark Kramer, John Kania on  foundation strategy, collective impact, shared value; Read more





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Top Resources for Philanthropists with Few or No Staff

FavoriteBy: Exponent Philanthropy  Across the country, tens of thousands of foundations, giving circle members, donor advised fund holders, and individual donors are intentionally keeping their operations lean and their ears to the ground. These lean funders seek to nimbly maneuver their dollars, skills, and influence to achieve the most good. At Exponent Philanthropy, we’re dedicated to serving funders who choose to give big with few or no staff. We’re pleased to share the following top resources from our shop and trusted colleague organizations. Get up to speed If you are new to philanthropy or in need of a refresher, turn Read more