Philanthropy Roadmap

FavoriteThis series of brief guides is 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.  

Why do dictators lock up the poets first?

FavoriteWhy should philanthropists fund the arts? Some have argued that as art is of lesser importance than basics like food, shelter, health and so forth, there is no justification for funding art until world hunger is solved. How then can one justify spending on so-called high arts? Can the arts be seen as effective tools to bring about personal and social change? Is art transformative? Our subject for this Alliance special feature is philanthropy’s attitudes to and role in funding ‘arts and social change’.

WiserGiving Wizard

FavoriteThis quiz will condense expertise from leading philanthropic, legal, and wealth advisors into valuable insights for you. In just seven questions, the Wizard matches your charitable, financial, and personal goals with the right charitable giving vehicles.  

Insights on Arab American Giving

FavoriteThis report is the first initiative of the Center for Arab American Philanthropy. It is a program to promote strategic philanthropy in the Arab American community nationwide. While there are many challenges and barriers to Arab American giving, the research shows a strong demand for support to donors and broad recognition of the potential for philanthropy to strengthen and showcase Arab American civic participation.

Giving Toolkit: Inspire More

FavoriteNo matter how much money or how little money you personally have to give, you can increase your impact a thousand-fold by inspiring the giving of others. (Look at Bill Gates! Even he felt that his best contribution would be to encourage his peers to give, and so he started a 50% Giving Pledge for his fellow billionaires.) We’ll help you explore a variety of ways to inspire the giving of others.

Story Library

FavoriteIn Bolder Giving’s story library, you can browse over 180 stories of extraordinary givers — people who have given at least 20%, and often 50% or even 90% of their income (for three years or more), assets, or business profits — and who embody our “risk more, inspire more” qualities. We are all influenced more by what is “normal” among our peers; without even noticing it, we judge what is possible by what we see around us. Browsing stories of Bold Givers opens our mind and heart to new possibilities. Who are you curious about? People similar to you? People Read more

Bolder Giving Workbook

FavoriteHow do you figure out how much to give? Whether you wrestle with this question yourself or are helping other givers, the Bolder Giving Workbook offers unique perspectives and step-by-step guidance. Enjoy articles, exercises, and stories from amazing givers.

Nonprofit Due Diligence: Donor Decision Tool

FavoriteDeciding the level of nonprofit research your grant warrants will help you focus on the most important questions and be efficient with your time (and the potential grantee’s). On this webpage are a list of documents that focus on varying degrees of research. Choose the “Light-Touch Approach” for grants that are smaller or less critical, then move to a more intensive approach as your grant warrants.  

A Hedgehog Moment: The Roles and Pitfalls of Strategic Philanthropy for Family Foundations and Donors

FavoriteThis article reviews books by foundation officials, consultants and academics that broadly emphasize the idea that “strategic philanthropy” in some form promises significant improvements in the quality of giving.

Factors Influencing Donor Partnership Effectiveness

FavoriteThe International Development Research Centre (IDRC) produced six case studies on jointly funded programs related to the environment, global health, and information technologies in developing regions around the world. A two-dimensional tool probing eight factors that influence donor (funder) partnership performance and interinstitutional communication was developed and used in conjunction with a Partnering Process Model to guide the preparation of the case studies. Among the factors considered (history of the partnerships, level of commitment, decision-making, etc.), communications among donors and within IDRC was the most important variable related to success of the partnerships.