Open for Good: Knowledge Sharing to Strengthen Grantmaking

Favorite The guide lays out the benefits of knowledge sharing in philanthropy for both the receivers and sharers of knowledge. It also explores barriers that get in the way of foundations sharing knowledge and strategies to overcome those barriers. Sprinkled throughout are ideas to borrow from grantmakers (shared knowledge!) and practical examples of how foundations of all sizes and types are experimenting with new ways to share insights. Finally, this guide will help grantmakers understand where they fit within philanthropy’s knowledge sharing landscape and encourage advancing their organizational capacities and practices.

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Five Ways To Position Your New Foundation For Success

FavoriteThis blog post is for foundations that are new or transitioning. It asks five important questions that can be used to help decide which course of action your foundation will take. These include: Is a foundation the best charitable-giving vehicle for us? What do we want to accomplish? How will we continue to learn? Who do we need in our network? How will we invest in our own success?

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Splendid Legacy 2: Creating and Re-Creating Your Family Foundation

FavoriteSplendid Legacy Online, our online collection of sample policies, forms and statements, and a curated collection of peer-authored columns on grantmaking strategy, governance, and family dynamics.

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A Foundation’s Theory of Philanthropy: What It Is, What It Provides, How to Do It

FavoriteThis article argues that philanthropic endeavors should be undergirded by a theory of philanthropy. The theory-of-philanthropy approach is designed to help foundations align their strategies, governance, operating and accountability procedures, and grantmaking profile and policies with their resources and mission.      

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Give Smart — Philanthropy That Gets Results

FavoriteGetting serious about philanthropy is like embarking on a voyage. But the journey can also quickly become overwhelming; the social and environmental needs are so great that it can be hard to know where to start! To help, we’ve created a wide range of resources to inform and inspire. Explore the sections to learn more about how to get started in your philanthropy and to keep improving as you go.

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