Foundations are committing more resources than ever before to communicating about their work and missions -- yet grantees continue to give funders low marks when it comes to fostering a clear understanding of what the foundation is trying to accomplish and where they fit in. To address this gap, Spitfire Strategies developed From Big Ideas to Big Change.
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This research into the state of philanthropic learning finds that foundations over-invest in stand-alone learning activities and publishing “lessons learned” at the end of a program.
An executive summary of the Foundation Center's 2010 edition of Foundation Giving Trends: Update on Funding Priorities.
Money for Good addresses the behaviors and motivations of Americans related to their charitable giving and impact investing.
Federal officials presented the Opening Doors report to the Obama Administration, detailing the nation's first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness.
Are your grantees ready for General Operating Support? The Funders' Giving Tree walks funders through questions about how to best allocate funding and when general operating support makes the most sense.
This report from the California Endowment presents finding from a study of health disparities and trauma among African-American and Latino/ Hispanic boys, the underlying social inequality and negative neighborhood conditions, the need for a healing approach and best practices for overcoming disparities.
This Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship (BCCCC) report offers a snapshot of the job of a corporate citizenship professional, including their evolving job functions and data on the salary, benefits and background of today's practitioners.
The growing list of online social media sites makes choosing the right route complicated. From Facebook to YouTube to Digg and beyond, which media outlets will net the most bang for the buck in terms of customer communication, brand exposure, traffic, and SEO?
More than 50 percent of executives consider sustainability-managing environmental, social and governance issues-"very" or "extremely" important in a wide range of areas, including new-product development, reputation building, and overall corporate strategy, according to the latest McKinsey survey.
From the Philanthropy Awareness Initiative, this case study analyzes a NPR story about the launch of a Ford Foundation project and examines the steps that helped make it more than a transactional news item. It's part of the Initiative's ongoing work with foundations and philanthropy associations to improve communications and outreach to influential Americans.
The purpose of this case study is to share with other foundations some of the benefits and lessons learned thus far by the Foellinger Foundation as grantees have implemented an unconventional type of grant.
A McKinsey & Company white paper discussing how foundations can work together to achieve sector-wide change.
Seven tips for running a successful family foundation by Advisor Perspectives.
The Economic Scenario Planning (ESP) Model, or "Stress Test," allows community foundations to create five-year forecasts to answer questions such as: What will be the impact of different investment performance scenarios on asset levels? What amount of grantmaking can we expect in the next few years? What happens to our economics if donors behave in different ways?
This resource has been designed and assembled by the Macro International evaluation team with the support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as a starter kit to promote the integration of effective evaluation into grantmaker education programs.
Funders are making significant changes in their work because of grantee feedback, the Center for Effective Philanthropy says. In general the intensity of change made by funders in 2009 increased most noticeably in the areas of communications with grantees, attitudes toward working with grantees, provision of assistance beyond the check and grantmaking processes.
Chapin Hall's work on embedded philanthropy began in 2003, as an outgrowth of a long-standing research program on philanthropy and community change. Our focus thus far has been on documenting and delineating this form of philanthropic practice and on convening embedded funders in a series of meetings designed to help them learn from one another's work. Our current perspective on embedded philanthropy is presented in this Issue Brief (2007).
A report from the Rose Foundation on lessons learned from six years of grassroots grantmaking.
This research report presents the corporate philanthropy community with an analysis of current measurement studies, models, and evidence drawn from complimentary business disciplines as well as from the social sector.