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Foundations Respond to Crisis: Toward Equity?

December 9, 2020

The disproportionate public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on certain communities, along with nationwide protests against police violence and racial injustice, have intensified the calls for foundations to focus on equity and reckon with anti-Black racism in a deeper way than they had before. To what extent have staffed foundations changed their practices in 2020 in response to this push for substantial shifts in how philanthropy approaches its work?CEP surveyed and interviewed foundation leaders to find out. Foundations Respond to Crisis: Toward Equity? reveals that almost all foundations participating in CEP's study report placing new, or more, focus on supporting Black, Latino, and lower-income communities; and most foundation leaders say they are reckoning with racism and paying greater attention to racial equity in their work. However, there remains still significant room for further progress, and it remains to be seen how deep and sustained this new focus will be.

Enabling environment and civic space; Race and Philanthropy

The Stanford PACS Guide to Effective Philanthropy

June 30, 2020

This Guide is written for donors who are interested in significant and sustained giving. It was born out of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society's experience at helping donors improve their philanthropic effectiveness. Although much of the Guide is relevant to philanthropy across the globe, it is focused on donors making gifts to USregistered charities.

Tools, frameworks, effectiveness

Les fondations, vecteurs de changement: la participation à l’élaboration des politiques publiques

January 29, 2020

Ce guide est une ressource pour les fondations qui souhaiteraient s'engager dans le développement de politiques publiques. Dans ce guide, vous trouverez 1) une liste de contrôle utile sur les opportunités présentées à vous ainsi que les quelques restrictions 2) des stratégies pour l'élaboration des politiques publiques et 3) des études de cas provenant de fondations déjà engagées. Ce guide explique également le cadre réglementaire pour les organismes de bienfaisance qui s'engagent dans ce travail. 

Enabling environment and civic space

Funders Making Change: Engaging in Public Policy

January 29, 2020

This guide is a resource for funders considering public policy work.  In this guide you will find 1) a useful checklist on what you can and can't do 2) strategies for public policy engagement and 3) case studies from Canadian foundations. The guide also explains the regulatory framework for charities engaging in public policy activities.

Enabling environment and civic space

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

Donors working together: The story of the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy

September 30, 2019

From 2013 – 2019, six U.S.‑based donor organizations, all active internationally, came together with the support of the GFCF to work as an alliance to build and promote community philanthropy as a global movement. There were three underlying factors that made this initiative unusual:The Alliance was a mix of private and public donor entities, who do not often work together in this way.It was based on a commitment to work collaboratively over a number of years around an idea.A key motivation was to promote new approaches to community philanthropy as an important part of the development portfolio to donors operating internationally.Surely, this makes it a story worth telling – not just to see if the collaboration achieved its goals, but also to explore what it means to be part of an 'alliance' and what lessons this Alliance may have for other donors across the globe seeking to collaborate in new ways to make a difference.

Grassroots and community 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

A Scan of Community Foundations Accepting Cryptocurrency Gifts

December 14, 2018

With the proliferation of bitcoin and other forms of digital (or "crypto") currencies around the world, a growing number of charitable donations are being given via these transaction vehicles. To what extent have community foundations entered this space? Which cryptocurrencies are the most popular in the field, and which are the most popular digital payment platforms? And how do processes surrounding these gifts differ across the field? CF Insights recently conducted a survey of U.S.-based community foundations to explore these questions, and more.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Giving Circle Membership: How Collective Giving Impacts Donors

November 30, 2018

In Nov. 2018, the CGRG released the second and third reports of the series. Giving Circle Membership: How Collective Giving Impacts Donors, looks at how giving circle participation influences members and explores how established members differ from new ones. Key findings include:Newer giving circle members tend to be more diverse in terms of age, income and race.Newer members join giving circles for the opportunity to engage more deeply on a cause or issue; more established members cite the ability to leverage gifts and "fun" as primary reasons for participation.The report affirms previous research that giving circle members give more, give more strategically and proactively, give to a wider array of organizations, volunteer more, and are more likely to engage in civic activity.

Cultures of Giving; Grassroots and community philanthropy

Dynamics of Hosting Giving Circles and Collective Giving Groups

November 30, 2018

The final report of this initial series, Dynamics of Hosting Giving Circles and Collective Giving Groups, explores the hosting experiences of community foundations and other organizations. Key findings include:Contributing to a culture of philanthropy in their communities is the top reason that hosts are motivated to start or support a giving circle, followed by reaching new donors and a more diverse set of donors.The most fundamental service provided by giving circle hosts is serving as a fiscal sponsor; other top services offered include providing communications support, organizing educational opportunities for members and soliciting proposals from potential grantees.Hosts cited staff time required, differences in expectations between the giving circle and host organization, and covering costs as the biggest challenges associated with hosting giving circles.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

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