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How Community Philanthropy Shifts Power: What Donors Can Do to Help Make That Happen

April 17, 2018

While slogans like "think globally, act locally" have been around for decades, still so much decision making about philanthropy happens by stakeholders outside them. This paper intends to address the struggle funders face with giving up power, despite caring deeply about championing local leadership and initiatives. Learn about the "community philanthropy approach" and practical examples of how funders have shared and shifted power without losing sight of their strategic imperatives.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2015

December 9, 2014

This report is an annual industry forecast about the social economy - private resources used for public benefit. Each year, the Blueprint provides an overview of the current landscape, points to major trends, and directs your attention to horizons where you can expect some important breakthroughs in the coming year. This year, the horizons have been broadened to include insights from 14 countries other than the United States, possible due to a new working relationship with Betterplace lab in Berlin.

Impact investment, corporate, blended-finance; Trends and innovations (#NextPhilanthropy)

Opening Up: Demystifying Funder Transparency

February 6, 2014

This toolkit explores how transparency can strengthen credibility, improve grantee relationships, facilitate greater collaboration, increase public trust, reduce duplication of effort, and build communities of shared learning. The content is organized into five topical chapters so that users can focus on exploring one approach to transparency at a time.What's in the Guide?Introduction: What is transparency, and why is it important?Behind Closed Doors: Sharing Grantee Selection Processes and Grantee Data: Opening up about selection processes is an important first step towards transparency.Is the Needle Moving? Sharing Performance Assessments: Learn about how sharing assessments promotes trusts, increases credibility, and helps to improve learning.Improving Relationships: Strengthening Engagement with Grantees and Other Nonprofits: Transparency is a tool to improve relationships, which can strengthen the overall impact of funders' work and the nonprofits they support.Peers Helping Peers: Improving the Practice of Philanthropy: When foundation staff are transparent in sharing their goals, lessons learned, and challenges with colleagues, they increase philanthropy's overall impact.Window of Technology: Communicating Using Every Opportunity: Examples of how various communications outlets and strategies can further a funder's transparency efforts.Conclusion: We tie together themes throughout the guide and give you steps for moving forward.

Transparency and accountability

Foundations Moving On: Ending Programmes and Funding Relationships

May 16, 2013

Whether you are part of a family foundation that runs its own programmes, a big corporate grantmaker, a small venture philanthropist, an NGO that re-grants resources from a back-donor, or a mix of any of the above, exits are inevitable. Funders move on, and relationships with grantees, partners, or investees change along the way. Exit decisions and strategies are complicated; while a diversity of experiences has not (yet) produced blueprints for smart exits, we've pulled our favourite practices.HighlightsNine helpful techniquesPractice example: Timelines and core fundingPractice example: How operational foundations end programmesHanding over a brandFinding opportunity in crisisLearning from spend-out foundationsFour thought-provoking cartoonsAn annotated bibliography on Exits, Transitions, and Moving OnWhat's in the Guide?Natural life cyclesEntering to exitDeciding to leaveBeing supportiveManaging transformationCommunication: An essential ingredientAfter the exitNine helpful practices - a summary of the ingredients for a good exit

Enabling environment and civic space; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

Next Gen Donors: Shaping the Future of Philanthropy

February 6, 2013

GrantCraft is pleased to partner with 21/64 and the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in this analysis of their research on next generation donors.A relatively small group of Generation Xers and Millennials will inherit over $40 trillion in wealth, much of that designated for philanthropy. In first-of-its-kind research, the Johnson Center and 21/64 examined a key segment of the next generation of major donors in the United States. Through a national online survey and in-depth interviews, they explored themes including philanthropic orientation, priorities, strategies, decision-making, and activities.21/64 and the Johnson Center invited GrantCraft to do a parallel analysis of its interviews to draw out the "practical wisdom" of 30 next generation major donors. This GrantCraft companion guide captures what study participants found to be distinctive about themselves and their peers. It aims to increase understanding and stimulate discussion about Gen X and Millennial major donors -- the generations that have the potential to be the most significant philanthropists in history.HighlightsHunger for engagement: grantees, families, peers, other fundersNew ways of learning: ideas, approaches, and peopleImportance of now: deep interest in applying their skills sooner rather than laterWhat's in the Guide?In their own words: GrantCraft joined 21/64 and the Johnson Center for Philanthropy in listening to and reflecting upon the voices of a selected group of major donors in their 20s and 30s.Hunger for engagement: In their interviews, study participants expressed a desire to be hands-on philanthropists -- with their grant recipients, their approach to issues, their families, their peers, and other funders.New ways of learning: Generation X and Millennial interviewees described generational differences in the ways they learn about new ideas, approaches, and people.Importance of now: This group of next generation donors highlighted their deep interest in helping and applying their skills sooner rather than later.How to use this guide: These starter questions can be used to promote dialogue for audiences including next generation donors; family, community, and private foundations; donor advised funds; philanthropy networks; advisors; and researchers.

Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy

Usando a Comunicação para Obter Impacto

January 1, 2013

A comunicação, para ser efetiva, precisa fazer parte da estratégia de uma organização e ser muito bem planejada, abrangendo a divulgação de resultados e informações financeiras, a partir de princípios éticos e de transparência. A comunicação integra o primeiro eixo da Visão do Investimento Social Privado para 2020, que afirma a importância de um setor de investimento social mais relevante e legitimo. Com o objetivo de contribuir para as práticas de comunicação de seus associados e dos investidores sociais de uma forma mais ampla, o GIFE, com apoio da Fundação Ford, traduziu este Guia de estratégias de comunicação para obter impacto, parte de uma série de Guias produzidos pelo Foundation Center e pelo European Foundation Center para grantmakers

Data and technology, Information and Communications; Impact investment, corporate, blended-finance; Latin America and the Caribbean

Funding for Inclusion: Women and Girls in the Equation

June 12, 2012

Foundations in Europe can play a much larger role in improving the position of women and girls. This guide reflects on how gender considerations are being addressed in European foundation programmes, processes, and procedures, and it provides a wealth of practical examples and recommendations to inspire other foundations to do so. HighlightsLearning from the experience of other foundations - in summaryUnderstanding the common questions and arguments around gender and inclusionPractical strategies for integrating a commitment to reaching and empowering women and girls into your foundationWhat's in the Guide?Linking gender and inclusion: With women and girls in the equationFunding for inclusion: How European foundations are supporting women and girlsBalancing the equation: Entry points and alliesBecoming a more inclusive foundationTaking a look at how you workFunding for inclusion: how do you monitor and evaluate?

Gender and Philanthropy

Funding Community Organizing: Social Change Through Civic Participation

December 1, 2008

Grantmakers who fund community organizing say it's the best option when you want to promote civic engagement and support lasting solutions to a community's problems. Yet many funders, concerned about the ability to measure its impact and effectiveness, hesitate to take up community organizing as a strategy. In this guide, funders and organizers discuss what makes community organizing unique and uniquely effective, how to manage grantee relationships over time, understanding the value of process, and the grantmaker's special role in fostering change.HighlightsThe benefits and methods of community organizingPoints of entry for grantmakersMapping resources and powerWhen a grantee is under attackWhat's in the Guide? Foundations and Community Organizing: Some funders see community organizing as a way to encourage a more vibrant democracy; others see it as a method for getting better, more durable solutions to deep-seated problems. For grantmakers in either camp - along with those who hold both points of view - funding community organizing can be a good choice.What Community Organizing Can Accomplish:These days, organizing uses a mix of tried-and-true methods and new techniques to bring people together and push for change. For grantmakers, the alignment between what community organizing seeks to accomplish and how it accomplishes those things makes it an attractive strategy - one that holds the promise of leaving communities stronger and individuals better able to advocate for themselves.Getting Acquainted and Other Early Steps:The culture of organizing may seem foreign at first to grantmakers, trustees, and other people inside your foundation. Likewise, the culture of philanthropy may seem strange to people who see the field from the perspective of community organizing. Grantmakers commonly find themselves in the role of translator, clarifying expectations and opening up avenues of communication in both directions - with grantees and inside the foundation.Managing Grants and Relationships Over Time: Change is a constant in community organizing, and it doesn't stop once the grant is made. Priorities and tactics evolve as the work goes forward and the surrounding environment shifts. As time goes on, grantmakers may see the need to help an organizing grantee build its capacity or, in rare instances, cope with a crisis or setback.Evaluating the Effectiveness of Organizing Grants: Good organizing produces outcomes, and those outcomes can be measured. Policies change, communities change, organizations change, and people change. If funders are clear about the outcomes they're after, any or all of those may be relevant.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

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