Equity in the Philanthropic Sector

FavoriteBy Emily Brenner, student assistant, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy Here at LearnPhilanthropy, we provide a platform for sharing tools, knowledge, and guidance from the field for grantmaker learning. As the philanthropic sector has begun to more deeply understand the pervasive and systemic inequities in our society, more foundations and philanthropy serving organizations are bringing an equity lens to their work. Many foundations are focusing on how well their own structure, governance, and staffing contribute to equitable outcomes. Others are rethinking their grantmaking strategies from the perspective of reducing disparities within our society. This post highlights some of the ways Read more

Four Pathways to Greater Giving

FavoriteDespite their aspirations, ultra-wealthy American families donated just 1.2 percent of their assets to charity in 2017. To help them achieve more with their philanthropy, The Bridgespan Group, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, explored what impedes giving to social-change efforts and how four pathways could potentially double the flow of funding to initiatives that could benefit millions.

Pride of Place: Sustaining a Family Commitment to Geography

FavoriteHow has place-based family philanthropy evolved over time? Pride of Place: Sustaining a Family Commitment to Geography is a study of place-based foundations and funds. A place-based foundation or fund is committed—often exclusively—to a particular geographic region of the country. Rather than look first to comparing the contrasting decisions—why a place or issue basis for giving—this study is designed to examine how family foundations and funds committed to place are sustaining (or not sustaining) that commitment over generations.

Impact Due Diligence: Emerging Best Practices

FavoriteWe at Pacific Community Ventures are thrilled to announce the publication of Impact Due Diligence: Emerging Best Practices, a report which surfaces the shared impact due diligence approaches employed by leading impact investors. The report examines trends and offers insights in an important, yet underdeveloped, area of investment practice. While impact measurement and management (IMM) has become increasingly sophisticated and widespread in recent years, many investors focus primarily on what happens after, not before, investments are made. This limits the potential of IMM, because systematically examining which investments are expected to generate more or less impact can help investors more Read more