FavoriteKey Points Community navigators help individuals and families access local services and assistance through a combination of referrals and interpersonal support. The Denver Foundation launched the Basic Human Needs Navigator Learning Community in February 2014 to help navigators working with local organizations and community members practicing navigation independently improve their practice and identify similarities and differences in their approaches. This article discusses the multiyear, peer-learning project, including the general lessons the foundation learned about both navigation and the use of a learning-community approach to reach its field-building goals. Reports from participating organizations and community members over four years suggest the Read more
FavoriteThere is a growing movement in institutional philanthropy toward grantee inclusion, which encourages more collaboration between foundations and their grantees. Grantee inclusion is becoming especially relevant because more foundations are incorporating public policy advocacy into their philanthropy. When foundations involve their grantees’ community input, they can bring more legitimacy to their role in policy debates.
Favorite This article examines how three organizations collaborated on work to control commercial tobacco use in Minnesota’s Indian Country, and shares lessons learned on how they came to incorporate tribal culture, respect traditional tobacco practices, and acknowledge historical trauma to inform their grantmaking.
FavoriteThis editorial points out ways that funders get in their own way when it comes to equity and how they can avoid doing so. They include: Not clearly defining what equity means Assuming aggregate data indicates an equitable outcome Expecting grantees to address equity without doing so themselves
FavoriteD5’s Final State of the Work highlights voices of leaders in the field who share their stories of change and progress. Some are longtime advocates; some are newer enthusiasts. Each of them shares a perspective on what has worked and what challenges remain as they lead their institutions through changes to meet the demands of a new America.
FavoriteThe use of evidence-based practices (EBP) – interventions that have documented, scientific evidence about their effectiveness – is increasingly being required in many fields of work, including substance abuse and mental health. There is increasing evidence that different ethnic and cultural groups respond differently to different prevention and treatment interventions. The authors report on a study that demonstrated that EBPs could be adapted in culturally consistent ways.
FavoriteThe guide shares and explains the experiences of several institutions that broadened their donor bases, services, and programs by reaching out to diverse communities. The publication focuses on the African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American communities. This guide explores how the philanthropic field has identified, attracted, and invited participation by individuals from culturally defined communities.