FavoriteIn the course of researching and writing Generation Impact: How Next Gen Donors Are Revolutionizing Giving, we were struck by how often the donor education and philanthropic identify of those we surveyed and interviewed began forming in their teens. While there are other helpful resources in the field of “youth philanthropy,” the material here is based specifically on what we learned from our research on Gen X and Millennial major donors— those who make up what we call “Generation Impact.” We share insights here into how they watched, learned, and participated in philanthropy as children and teens in ways that Read more
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.
FavoriteKey Points Since 2011, Vancouver Foundation has invested significant time, energy, ideas, and money in bringing together immigrant and refugee youth and young people with lived experience of the foster care system in British Columbia. Through its Fostering Change and Fresh Voices initiatives, the foundation has listened and worked in partnership with these young people to address the issues that affect their lives, and important progress has been made in the forms of meaningful policy changes and improved political engagement. The foundation is now in the process of returning these initiatives to the communities that inspired them. This article describes Read more
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?
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.
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.