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The Wisdom of Communities, How the Ford Institute helps rural people achieve their own vision of vitality

Publication date: 
01/2013

The Ford Institute for Community Building,  a program of The Ford Family Foundation, works to help community leaders learn how to implement local solutions based on principles of effective community building. This paper describes the development and work of the The Ford Institute for Community Building.

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Real Results: Why Strategic Philanthropy is Social Justice Philanthropy

Publication date: 
01/2013

NCRP reports that the current practice of strategic philanthropy typically favors short-term metrics, is largely disconnected from grantees and the communities these nonprofits serve, and usually lacks authentic feedback to inform the strategies. Unless grantmakers explicitly address the needs of underserved communities and invest in policy and community engagement – strategies long practiced by social justice philanthropists – they are unlikely to achieve their goals.

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Learn Foundation Law

Publication date: 
10/2012

The legal staff at the Packard Foundation, Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation and Moore Foundation developed this free, first-of-its-kind resource, which covers the basic legal rules around what staff are allowed to fund and engage in at a private foundation.

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Grantees' Limited Engagement with Foundations' Social Media

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08/2012

This report from the Center for Effective Philanthropy collects survey responses from more than 6,000 grantees about their experiences with foundations' social media. CEP found that the majority of foundations use social media tools in their work, but very few grantees use social media from their foundation funders or their funders’ staff; those that do find those resources less helpful than other communication resources for learning about the foundation.

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Needle-Moving Community Collaboratives: A Promising Approach to Addressing America’s Biggest Challenges

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08/2012

By enlisting all sectors to work together, a new kind of community collaborative is making strides toward tackling powerful social issues in communities. In the report, “Needle-Moving Community Collaboratives: A Promising Approach to Addressing America’s Biggest Challenges,” members of the White House Council for Community Solutions and Bridgespan took a look at how exemplary collaboratives made needle-moving progress (10-percent progress in a community-wide metric) on key challenges facing their communities.

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Collaborative Funding for Greater Impact

Publication date: 
05/2012

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations' Collaborative Funding for Greater Impact explains the mechanics of forming and managing a co-funding partnership and offers takeaways for how this experience can apply to other communities.

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Scanning the Landscape 2.0

Publication date: 
05/2012

This updated edition of a GrantCraft guide reflects key changes in philanthropy, from the rise of social media to a growing tendency to scan continuously for changes and opportunities.

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Community Capacity Building: Lessons Learned from our Partners

Publication date: 
05/2012

This report highlights three philanthropic efforts to build the capacity of local communities in the West - The Ford Family Foundation’’s Ford Institute Leadership Program, the Northwest Area Foundation’’s Horizons Program, and the Orton Family Foundation’’s Heart and Soul Community Planning Program.

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International Grantmaking Basics

Publication date: 
04/2012

The Council on Foundations International Grantmaking program provides a number of resources on international grantmaking, including a thorough introduction to the primary issues facing funders working outside US borders.

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Strategic Philanthropy: Guide to Evaluation

Publication date: 
04/2012

Drawing from a review of best practices, interviews and examples from a variety of case studies, this paper addresses why philanthropists think about evaluation, gives an overview of the major trends and practices in evaluation, and provides suggestions on how philanthropists can make evaluation effective for their work.

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Growing Economies in Indian Country: Taking Stock of Progress and Partnerships A Summary of Challenges, Recommendations, and Promising Efforts

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04/2012

This report summarizes challenges to economic and business development in Native American communities.  These challenges were identified during the 2011 Growing Economies in Indian Country: Taking Stock of Partnerships and Progress (GEIC) workshop series. This report also offers key recommendations, best practices, and promising efforts shared by the GEIC workshop participants and informed by several studies and reports issued over the last several years that pertain to the challenges and barriers.

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