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From Big Ideas to Big Change

Publication date: 
10/2010

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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Money for Good

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08/2010

Money for Good addresses the behaviors and motivations of Americans related to their charitable giving and impact investing.

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TCC Group's Funder's Giving Tree

Publication date: 
08/2010

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.

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Healthy Communities Matter: The Importance of Place to Boys of Color

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08/2010

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.

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Guide To The Social Media Landscape

Publication date: 
06/2010

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?

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How Companies Manage Sustainability: McKinsey Global Survey Results

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06/2010

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.

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Moving Beyond the Money: News Coverage that Conveys a Broader Vision of Foundations

Publication date: 
06/2010

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.

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Economic Scenario Planning Toolkit

Publication date: 
05/2010

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?

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Key Findings from the Grantee Perception Report

Publication date: 
04/2010

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.

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Embedded Philanthropy and Community Change

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03/2010

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).

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