Developed in partnership with the Center for Evaluation Innovation (CEI), Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices is the most comprehensive data collection effort to date on evaluation practices at foundations. The report shares data points and infographics on crucial topics related to evaluation at foundations, such as evaluation staffing and structures, investment in evaluation work, and the usefulness of evaluation information.
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In early August, members of Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia(PNGP), Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania (GWP) and Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative (PHFC) came together for a unique opportunity gathering funders from across Pennsylvania to network and learn about the local innovations in food access and food systems.
Foundation leaders have a unique opportunity to serve as powerful champions of their missions. Partnering with your grantees can amplify your impact. The following guide is designed to help you start having an honest conversation in the boardroom; a conversation about your foundation’s goals, approach, and, most importantly, vision for the future.
Daniel Kemmis explores the sometimes-fraught relationship between philanthropy and democracy in this updated report. 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.
In the final session in Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers's Putting Racism on the Table series (2016), the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Dr. Gail Christopher discussed the role of philanthropy in addressing racism and racial inequity.
The Forum co-hosted a National Teleconference for Funders: Response to Orlando Shooting, along with the Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Change Philanthropy, AAPIP, ABFE, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Native Americans in Philanthropy and Women’s Funding Network. This was the first in a series of three teleconferences on this topic.
In the fourth session of Putting Racism on the Table (2016), James Bell, founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, focused on mass incarceration.
In the fifth session in WRAG's Putting Racism on the Table series (2016), Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, discussed the experience of nonblack racial minorities in America, the implications of demographic change, and the urgent need to invest in equity.
On May 16th, Carolyn Duronio, partner at Reed Smith and a national expert on exempt organizations, filled GWP in on the ramifications of the IRS’s new guidelines governing program-related investments.
"Co-Creation" is a case study about the Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, a project of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. The case study examines co-creation, an emerging systems change collaboration model which grew out of a funder-and-state partnership. This unique partnership led to the creation by executive order of a new and independent Office of Early Childhood, which was formally approved by the Connecticut State Legislature in 2013. The companion piece, "Taking on New Roles to Address 21st Century Problems," looks at co-creation from the perspective of a regional association of grantmakers.
In the third session of Putting Racism on the Table (2016), Julie Nelson, Director of the Government Alliance on Race & Equity, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, focused on implicit bias.
During a GWP session on March 31, we learned about two related strands of research that have shaped the understanding of the Pittsburgh Promise and the support systems needed to prepare students to use the scholarships.
Resources from the workshop: Assessing Grantees’ Financial Health and Long Term Sustainability: Nonprofit Financial Statement Analysis Training
The annual Council on Foundations-Commonfund investment report for private and community foundations is now available. For 2014, private foundations reported an average investment return of 6.1 percent and community foundations reported 4.8 percent (both net of investment fees). Members may access the full report here.
Each year, Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce (GIST) and Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families (GCYF) co-sponsor an Annual Budget and Tax Briefing for their members. This year, to increase the reach of this discussion to grantmakers who are unable to travel to Washington DC, the keynote address from this annual briefing, featuring Bob Greenstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, was made available to GWP members via live webstream.
Below you will find a copy of his presentation.
Generations Together is many things: a curriculum that could be followed step-by-step for a comprehensive learning experience, a collection of resources to tap when the time is right, or an ongoing source of inspiration and ideas. It was designed for giving families at every phase—whether you are just starting out or have been active for decades and generations.
As part of 1996 welfare reforms, food assistance (SNAP benefits) for non-working able-bodied adults without dependents became subject to a time limit of three months. These time limits for food assistance, initially scheduled for January 2016, go in effect in June 2016 in many Pennsylvania counties including Allegheny, Butler, Greene and Washington.