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What Donors Value: How Community Foundations Can Increase Donor Satisfaction, Referrals, and Future Giving

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Publication date: 
04/2014

To better understand how community foundations can best respond to the current environment, the Center for Effective Philanthropy asked donors about how satisfied they are with the community foundations with which they work. What matters most to them? What do these donors want from their community foundations?

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Igniting the Spark: Creating Effective Next Generation Boards

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Publication date: 
04/2014

The National Center for Family Philanthropy and Youth Philanthropy Connect, a program of the Frieda C. Fox Foundation, have joined together to bring new resources to the field of philanthropy focused on engaging the next generation of donors and family members. Igniting the Spark: Creating Effective Next Gen Boards is the first publication of its kind, offering a comprehensive overview of the growing practice among family foundations and donor advised fund holders of using next generation boards.

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Vision and Voice: The Role of Leadership and Dialogue in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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04/2014

Despite a field replete with research, analysis, recommended policies and practices — not to mention an abundance of educational programs and frameworks for grantmaking to diverse communities — philanthropic leaders have been slow to advance these values in their foundations. Philanthropy Northwest (PNW) wondered: what is getting in the way? Why are good intentions, buttressed with theory and practical advice, not achieving better results on measures of diversity, equity and inclusion?

Philanthropy and the Renewal of Democracy: Is it Time to Step Up Our Game?

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04/2014

In this new monograph, Philanthropy Northwest board member Daniel Kemmis explores the sometimes-fraught relationship between philanthropy and democracy. Beginning with a wide-ranging stroll through the shared history of philanthropy and democracy, Kemmis examines the current post-Citizens United landscape and asks whether philanthropy can and should do more to strengthen the infrastructure and practices of democracy.

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Racial Equity Resource Guide

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Publication date: 
04/2014

This W.K. Kellogg Foundation resource guide provides individuals and organizations with access to extensive learning materials, tools and data on racial inequities, their impact on communities of color and the process for healing racial wounds so that communities can work together.

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Principles Workbook: Steering Your Board toward Good Governance and Ethical Practice

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03/2014

This workbook includes 33 recommendations to help organizations of all sizes and missions as they work to improve their operations. The Principles Workbook will make it easier for boards of directors and staff leaders to assess the areas where their organizations are doing well and where there is room for improvement.

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What Funders Need to Know: Introduction to the Food System

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03/2014

Why is the food system important to philanthropy? Because hunger, food insecurity, nutrition-related chronic disease, the health of resource lands and waterways, wages, and equal opportunity in the food economy all converge in our regional food system.

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Building Employee Engagement through Corporate Giving Programs

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02/2014

JK Group, a leading software and value-added services provider for corporate philanthropy has released a white paper that addresses the current state of corporate philanthropy and offers employers key insight on how they can build robust giving campaigns that resonate with employees, drive engagement and help the larger community. 

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Opening Up: Demystifying Funder Transparency

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01/2014

In a 2013 survey, funders were asked about the biggest transparency challenges they faced. The highest response was “not enough clarity around practical steps for being transparent.” This guide from GrantCraft & Glasspockets is helping foundations open up with clear action steps.

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What Funders Need to Know: The Connection Between Education and Housing

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Publication date: 
12/2013

Communities thrive when people are housed comfortably, safely, and affordably. This is especially true for children. And when children thrive, their educational and other outcomes are more likely to be positive. Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers' What Funders Need to Know looks at the connection between stable housing and educational outcomes.

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A Smart Investment in Human Capital

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11/2013

This case study examines the experience of the Corporation for Supportive Housing as it worked with the nonprofit consultancy AchieveMission to understand and adopt better human capital management plans and practices. CSH took part in AchieveMission's competitive Talent Initiative program, designed to help nonprofits invest wisely in their most important asset — people — especially in times of significant organizational change or rapid growth.

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The Promise and Pitfalls of Local and National Funder Collaborations

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Publication date: 
11/2013

A key objective of the Scaling What Works initiative has been to translate insight and learning from grantmaker intermediaries involved with the Social Innovation Fund and share them with the broader philanthropic community. The fifth guide in the Lessons Learned series presents the benefits and challenges of partnerships between local and national funders, and highlights key considerations for both kinds of funders to foster success in their collaboration.

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Catalyzing Regional Economic Transformation: Lessons from Funder Collaboration in Northeast Ohio

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Publication date: 
11/2013

The Fund for Our Economic Future brought together a set of philanthropic institutions from across Northeast Ohio to promote a regional approach for increasing economic prosperity and opportunity. The original 28 Fund members committed a total of $30 million over three years to begin restoring regional economic competitiveness through pooled grantmaking, research and convening.

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D5's State of the Work 2013

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Publication date: 
10/2013

D5′s State of the Work 2013 features lessons learned from executives of the American Express Foundation, the Baltimore Community Foundation, Access Strategies Fund, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation,...

A Practical Guide to Integrated Communications: A Workbook for Nonprofits

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Publication date: 
10/2013

Idealware partnered with Chapman Cubine Adams + Hussey to create A Practical Guide to Integrated Communications: A Workbook for Nonprofits to help organizations understand how to plan, schedule, and integrate communications into cohesive messaging around your campaigns and the equally important times between them.

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