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.
GWPs website features resources from 34 regional associations, their 4,000 grantmaking foundation members, and colleague philanthropic partners.
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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.
On Friday, January 29th, Grantmakers of Western PA, along with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, was pleased to welcome the Annie E. Casey Foundation and its Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative to Pittsburgh. We were joined by Marc Chena, JoAnn Hannah and Erin Dalton over breakfast at the Duquesne Club for the opportunity to meet the Jim Casey team and hear about the latest developments in the field of foster care youth.
The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook is the comprehensive resource of best practices and innovative approaches to guide the philanthropic community in responding to future disasters.
DataArts (formerly the Cultural Data Project) is an independent non-profit with 13 years of experience in data collection, security, and analysis. We empower the cultural sector with high-quality data and resources to strengthen nonprofits’ vitality, performance, and public impact.
On December 1, Grantmakers of Western PA, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Foundation, and Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) hosted a webinar to share information about recent developments in meeting the needs of PA's population of undocumented immigrants.
GWP Members celebrated its 30th annual meeting on November 16 and these are the materials discussed and shared at the meeting.
Many foundations of all sizes have begun to use investments, as well as grantmaking, to expand their philanthropic impact. At the same time, governments, nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations continue to expand
Funding Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support, looks at how funders collaborate with and bring support to indigenous communities around the world. Through examples from a diverse range of foundations, this guide explores how grantmakers work with indigenous peoples, the approaches they take, and the practices they find effective.
In cities across the nation, a few enjoy rising affluence while many struggle to get by. This situation is created in part by the practices of traditional economic development. Current trends threaten to worsen, unless we can answer the design challenge before us. Can we create an economic system—beginning at the local level—that builds the wealth and prosperity of everyone?
CSR executives have difficult jobs. They are expected to be strategic, aligned with business priorities, and focused on results. Yet success often requires navigating ever-changing expectations and a maze of competing priorities. This strategy toolkit, developed by FSG in partnership with CECP, identifies three tools for clarifying your strategy and transforming your portfolio.
The Silicon Valley Out-of-School-Time Collaborative invested in a cohort of regional nonprofit organizations to sustain and strengthen their ability to serve more students with stronger academic and social-emotional programming. A midcourse evaluation of the collaborative showed that grantees were stronger, programs were better and are reaching more students, and funders had adopted new, collaborative grantmaking practices. A second phase of the work was committed to more flexibility –– letting grantees drive the group’s planning and learning efforts, and manage consultants, budgeting and group communications. Grantees also opted to redirect the focus of the collaborative from capacity building to program development and evaluation, with the added goal of sharing effective afterschool and summer program models with others, both inside and outside the region.
What comes after “strategic...?” If you said, “planning,” you’re not alone. And for many leaders of community foundations, especially small ones who don’t have the time or money for a big process, anxiety is the feeling that follows. If that’s the case, this guide is for you.
Building a Culture of Capitalization in Your Organization, is written for nonprofit arts organizations and shares findings from NFF's study of 36 capital grants made by the Kresge Foundation between 2010 and 2012.
Recommendations for Capital Grantmakers, is written for arts funders who are looking to make smart and impactful investments.
This whitepaper examines the latest data to identify trends in social justice philanthropy among family foundations.
These are sample Corporate Matching Gift forms (the forms employees would use to submit to a nonprofit to have their donation matched) for reference.