Scaling Solutions toward Shifting Systems 2018 Report

FavoriteRealizing that the world’s pressing challenges are becoming more complex, many philanthropic funders are reflecting on how to create more transformational impact. They wonder whether they are putting their resources to best use, and what they could do differently to create more sustainable solutions to the challenges they aim to address. To help answer that question, the Scaling Solutions toward Shifting Systems initiative was launched in 2016 as an inquiry: Can we encourage collaborative, longer-term, adaptive resources to fund and accelerate scalable solutions targeting systemic changes around pressing global issues? Since then, the initiative’s steering group and team, with representation from the Read more

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Great Funder–Nonprofit Relationships Toolkit

FavoriteThis toolkit is designed to help funders recognize the aspects of great relationships with your nonprofit partners, assess competencies, and consider ways to improve how to work with one another. Many ideas in this toolkit were generated by funders and nonprofits during a series of half-day programs around the country, hosted in partnership with the National Council of Nonprofits and with funding from the Fund for Shared Insight. This simple tool walks through: The hallmarks of great relationships. A self-diagnostic that can help you identify opportunities for improvement. Two key skills that can improve relationships in any given area. In this resource, you’ll also Read more

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A Philanthropist’s Guide to Working with Government and Local Communities

FavoriteNo matter what your philanthropic quest is, government funding and policy is bound to affect your philanthropy. Here’s how to work with—and around—government.

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Giving Circles Information

FavoriteA giving circle is a great way for you and your friends to make a difference in the world – together. HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

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Review — Design Thinking for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector

FavoriteBrenda Sipe reviews the book Design for the Greater Good: Innovation for the Social Sector by Jeanne Liedtka, Randy Salzman, and Daisy Azer.

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Philanthropy Roadmap Guides

FavoriteThe Philanthropy Roadmap campaign is a series of brief guides designed to introduce you to the world of thoughtful, effective philanthropy. Published by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, it’s a roadmap for donors — individuals, couples, families or groups, offering an overview of issues that philanthropists may want to consider as they create their own giving strategies. NEW Impact Investing, An Introduction NEW Impact Investing, Strategy and Action Your Philanthropy Roadmap Next Gen Philanthropy Funding Locally Launching Your Own Major Project Giving Strategically After Disaster Supporting Social Entrepreneurship The Rockefellers Women and Giving Talking to Your Family About Philanthropy Making Change Happen Major Gifts Read more

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Generation Impact: How Next Gen Donors Are Revolutionizing Giving

FavoriteThis article clarifies the theory and practice of generative philanthropy and contrast it with other approaches. It provides an in-depth discussion of the meaning of generative philanthropy, offers five examples of the approach related to economic opportunity, and draws lessons for future practice.

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Giving Circles / Collective Giving Groups in the U.S.

FavoriteThis new study’s findings provide strong evidence that giving circles are an increasingly significant philanthropic force, engaging a greater diversity of donors, including women, people of various ethnic and racial backgrounds, and donors of all wealth levels.

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Guide to Impact Investing

FavoriteGrantmakers In Health (2017): This guide provides a framework to help funders think strategically about the potential of impact investing, part of a growing practice that incorporates environmental, social, and governance criteria into investment decision making. Kresge helped fund the study.

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Private Foundations and Donor-Advised Funds: A Side-by-Side Comparison

FavoriteIn looking to create a charitable vehicle, you may be considering whether to establish a private foundation or a donor-advised fund (DAF). At the most basic level, the difference between a DAF and a private foundation is control. A private foundation is a freestanding legal entity over which the donor retains complete control. A donor-advised fund is a giving account within a sponsoring charitable organization. The donor makes recommendation as to how those funds are invested and granted out, but the sponsoring organization must give its approval. • Comparison of tax advantages • Comparison of philanthropic options • Comparison of investment/asset management options • Read more

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Getting Started in Philanthropy

FavoriteGiving Communities is a resource developed by Bolder Giving to help you find communities of donors with whom you share common interests and values. As you start your giving journey, the six questions offered on this website are a great place to begin. With each one, we’ve offered some suggestions or ideas for reflection to help get you started.

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Laying the Groundwork for a National Impact Investing Marketplace

FavoriteThis article discusses the practice of impact investing. The Impact Finance Center partnered with foundations and other investors in Colorado to create CO Impact Days and Initiative to demonstrate how to address this need for a more efficient and effective marketplace.  

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Everything You Need to Know About Impact Investing (In 1 Hour!)

FavoriteIn this webinar experts will elaborate upon what it is, how to decide if it’s right for your organization and explore some of the the biggest hurdles holding individuals and organizations back from directing funds to impact investing. Industry experts Jean Case, Melanie Audette, and Dan Brillman, who will now be joined by Stacy Donohue and Kate Ahern lead the discussion and share how organizations can unite purpose with profit. Please view the Short Guide to Impact Investing as an additional resource and recommended primer before viewing the webinar.

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Scanning the Landscape of Youth Philanthropy

FavoriteThis report shares reflections on an in-depth examination of the story and needs of youth grantmaking (young people making monetary contributions to organizations through established institutions or governing bodies). The report finds that while more than 200 foundations worldwide offer youth grantmaking programs and more than 100 related resources exist, that information is not broadly available. This scan was conducted in partnership with Youth Philanthropy Connect, a program of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation.

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TEDx: Amplify the Money You Give

FavoriteThe word “philanthropist” evokes the names of billionaire donors – Rockefeller, Gates, Pew – but in reality, most charitable giving comes from regular people giving smaller amounts. How can you, the non-billionaire, do the most good with what you give? Kat Rosqueta, who launched the Center for High Impact Philanthropy in 2006, shows how to become a high-impact philanthropist, with a few tips for getting more engaged with your donations – one dollar, one cause, at a time.

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Impact investing in a democracy: A response to ‘Markets for Good: removing the barriers’

FavoriteIn the recent Alliance special feature, ‘Markets for good: removing the barriers’, we had not just one article but several from around the globe about social impact investing. It’s a joyhttp://www.alliancemagazine.org/en/content/june-2014 to think that the field is now at a point that such an esteemed and diverse group of contributors can come together and debate the issues raised by Monitor Inclusive Markets’ report Beyond the Pioneer: Getting inclusive industries to scale. For me one big issue the report raises is the role of government vis-à-vis impact investing in addressing social problems.

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Beldon Fund Lessons and Tips for Spending Out

FavoriteThe Beldon Fund’s ten-year experience with spending out while seeking to accomplish an ambitious mission yielded a range of useful lessons that we believe are applicable more broadly. They cover the practical nuts and bolts of putting a foundation on a spend-out course as well as specific tips on effective program strategies to achieve impact.

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Bringing grantmaking in from the cold

FavoriteIncreasingly, the practice of grantmaking as a tool for bringing about social change has fallen out of favour, replaced by newer, snappier-sounding forms of philanthropy. In laying out their wares, venture philanthropy, strategic philanthropy, philanthrocapitalism and, most recently, ‘catalytic philanthropy’ have all made claims for greater effectiveness.  

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Impact Capital Measurement

FavoriteThis report describes five different foundations’ approaches to measuring the social impact of program-related investments (PRIs). In addition, it reviews three other approaches to measuring the social impact of other impact investments that may be relevant to foundations.

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What Does Community Philanthropy Look Like? Case Studies on Community Philanthropy

FavoriteThe Charles Stewart Mott Foundation commissioned Barry Knight of CENTRIS to develop these case studies featuring profiles of eight community philanthropy initiatives from around the world.

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What Is a Family Foundation?

FavoriteThis article surveys the different definitions of family foundation that are, and have been, used by key organizations in the field and by researchers. It also reviews examples of the variations and complicating factors that make answering the title question difficult.  

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Embedded Foundations: Advancing Community Change and Empowerment

Favorite In this article, the authors describe the distinction between embedded funding approaches and other conventional efforts. Then, using the experience extracted from case studies of selected embedded foundation efforts, they delineate several key methods involved and discuss implications for future work.

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