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Building a Powerful Digital Impact Community: Learnings from The Mesa’s Pilot Period

March 10, 2021

This report offers a behind the scenes look into the design, build, and test phases of The Mesa and discusses the ways in which the social impact space - especially at the major gift level - can use technology to better collaborate and connect for good. It features interviews with their pilot partners, who provide first-hand accounts on what it takes to run a growing impact-focused community. They dive into how to create effective, meaningful online communities that prompt greater giving from wealth holders. If you're serving clients, members, or donors, this publication can collaborate on discussing what role you can play in revolutionizing philanthropy through technology and community. 

Critical philanthropy and power; Trends and innovations (#NextPhilanthropy)

Philanthropy and COVID-19: Is the North-South power balance finally shifting?

December 15, 2020

Covid-19 is accelerating an already existing trend: the awakening of institutional philanthropy in the global south. This report from the University of Cambridge's Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at Judge Business School suggests this awakening is hampered by weak philanthropy infrastructure and networks, insufficient collaboration within and between sectors and a lack of core funding to build the resilience of the non-profit ecosystem. 

Critical philanthropy and power

Gouvernance et dons : des approches pour accroître l’équité, la diversité et l’inclusion

December 1, 2019

Afin de soutenir les fondations dans leur parcours vers la diversité, l'équité et l'inclusion (ÉDI), FPC a créé cette boîte à outils afin de fournir des conseils et un accès à une large gamme d'outils et de ressources pour soutenir et approfondir l'engagement des fondations en faveur du bien social grâce à la diversité. , équité et inclusion.

Critical philanthropy and power; Gender and Philanthropy; North America; Race and Philanthropy

La philanthropie dans une optique d’égalité des sexes: un guide pratique à l’intention des fondations canadiennes

December 1, 2019

Que signifie pour une fondation de mettre en œuvre une perspective d'égalité des sexes à son travail? Ce guide d'octroi dans une perspective de genres fait partie d'une série d'outils et de ressources d'apprentissage afin de soutenir les fondations à intégrer une perspective genre dans leur travail. Le genre est un élément-clé de la diversité, de l'équité et de l'inclusion, puisque de plus en plus de fondations réfléchissent à l'impact de leurs subventions et font leur part pour œuvrer à l'équité sous toutes ses formes, y compris celle du genre.

Critical philanthropy and power; Gender and Philanthropy; North America

Governance and Grantmaking: Approaches to achieve greater diversity, equity and inclusion

November 1, 2019

As a first step to assisting foundations with their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) journey, PFC has created this toolkit to provide them with guidance and access to a broad range of tools and resources to support and deepen their commitment to social good through diversity, equity and inclusion.

Critical philanthropy and power; Gender and Philanthropy; North America; Race and Philanthropy

Gender-Lens Philanthropy: A practical guide for Canadian foundations

September 1, 2019

What does it mean to a foundation to apply a "gender lens" to their work? This gender-lens granting guide is part of a series of learning tools and resources to support foundations on how to apply a gender lens in their work. Gender is a key piece in the diversity, equity and inclusion puzzle as more foundations think about the impact of their grantmaking and doing its part in working towards equity in all forms, including gender.

Critical philanthropy and power; Gender and Philanthropy; North America

Understanding the Drivers of ‘De-risking’ and the Impact on Civil Society Organizations

March 30, 2018

Non-profit organizations (NPOs) around the world are impacted by issues of financial access – inordinate delays in cash transfers, onerous due-diligence requirements, inability to open bank accounts and arbitrary closure of bank accounts – collectively classed as 'de-risking' activities by financial institutions. This study examines the drivers of this de-risking, situating it at the intersection of frameworks for security and regulation. It looks at how global regulations on money laundering and terrorism financing, for instance, permeate policymaking, influencing institutions (perversely, at times) and negatively impacting humanitarian and development work. By delving into the practices and perspectives of relevant stakeholders –  NPOs, financial institutions, governments, regulators and international organizations – the study unpicks the mechanisms of governance and accountability involved in and through the chain of decision-making, underscoring the policy incoherence that is manifest along the way. The three country contexts chosen for the research – Brazil, Mexico and Ireland – help amplify the complexity of the issue and the potential search for solutions. Ongoing remedial measures addressing the financial exclusion of NPOs are highlighted and potential remedies that could challenge the current practice of de-risking are explored in detail.

Critical philanthropy and power; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

Better together? A Study on Philanthropy and Official Development Assistance

February 1, 2018

Based on a survey among philanthropic foundations (N=55) from all continents with a total annual budget for charitable goals of approx. 10,2 billion USD in 2015 (N=44), this study sheds light on the relationship between foundations and official development assistance (ODA), on strategies, size and intervention principles used by these foundations and identifies barriers and common ground for building mutually empowering relationships.

Critical philanthropy and power; Enabling environment and civic space

Scaling Solutions Toward Shifting Systems

October 1, 2017

This report marks the findings and recommendations RPA have so far in the process of encouraging funders to work in more collaborative ways to place longer-term, adaptive, and responsive resources with grantees and investees to accelerate scalable solutions that target systemic changes addressing pressing global problems. The input of dozens of funders, in addition to the perspectives of the organizations who receive grants and impact investments, was crucial in formulating the recommendations contained here.

Critical philanthropy and power; Impact investment, corporate, blended-finance

Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace: A Summary Report from Latin America and the Caribbean

September 25, 2014

The report is based on findings of a project we started in 2013, which included interviews, a survey and a convening of social justice and peace philanthropy practitioners in Bogota in May 2013. The purpose of the project was to map an emerging body of foundations that are providing resources for movements for structural and systemic transformation in the region.The study reveals that the region is today dotted with small indigenous philanthropic institutions that identify themselves as women's funds, community foundations, human rights funds. While they are often set up with international funding, they are characterised by a shared commitment to social justice in the region, support for a social change agenda that is locally owned and driven, and a commitment to long-term work towards the change they seek.The report is, by no means, a comprehensive picture of the field in the region

Critical philanthropy and power; Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy; Grassroots and community philanthropy

Framing the Discourse, Advancing the Work: Philanthropy at the Nexus of Peace and Social Justice and Arts andCulture

July 23, 2014

Framing the Discourse, Advancing the Work Philanthropy at the Nexus of Peace and Social Justice and Arts andCulture is based on Moukhtar Kocache's research and his experience in this field of work; and information gathered through interviews with artists, cultural producers and philanthropy practitioners; and in a convening held in August 2013 in Ontario, Canada.It presents an overview of the relationship between progressive social change work and the arts, explores the role of philanthropy in supporting this work and sets out recommendations for how philanthropy might further its engagement with work at this nexus. The objective of the report is to stimulate further reflection and exchange of lessons and opportunities for inculcating practices in philanthropy for supporting arts and culture work as a means to advance social justice and peace.The process of compiling this report has been a journey and, like all journeys, it has involved changes of perspective and, like some journeys, a revision of ideas. During its course, it has become clear to us that arts and culture are not just a matter of better tools for supporting change; they are often central to personal and social transformation. The arts often reach us -- and influence us - in ways that direct explanation cannot. The call to philanthropy that seeks to support progressive social change is to recognise this transformational power of arts and culture and to engage with it as a holistic strategy.This argument will be presented more extensively in a brief paper (to be published in August 2014) entitled, 'Making the Case for the Arts to Social Justice Funders'.

Critical philanthropy and power

Social Justice Philanthropy Traditions (Spanish version)

September 1, 2013

Este ensayo fue elaborado para personas que desean tener una comprensíon más profunda de la filantropía para la justicia social, y para practicantes del oficio que quieren reforzar lo ya avanzado.

Critical philanthropy and power

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