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Released: 11/2013

This in-depth report has been expanded to look at the features and processes used by 28 grants management systems to help private foundations accept and review applications and track grants.

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Released: 01/2005

From the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, detailed guidelines for fiscal sponsorships.

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Resource Type: Report
Topic: Finance



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Released: 10/2004

Designed for tax preparers of the 990-PF foundation tax preparer, this document focuses on the clear and accurate completion of that form, with tips to avoid common mistakes and potentially misleading entries.

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Released: 02/2007

How much is appropriate to spend on administrative expenses? Learn how major differences in operating characteristics can affect expense levels in this comprehensive report from the Urban Institute.

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Resource Type: Research



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Released: 04/2007

This webpage provides nonprofit leaders practical recommendations on promoting effective oversight of their organizations.

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Released: 06/2015

As both investors and grantmakers, philanthropic foundations have a major opportunity to support the growing market for green bonds. For foundations focused on pressing environmental issues such as climate change, water, energy, and conservation, green bonds can be natural mission-related investments that mobilize a fuller array of philanthropic assets to expand the impact of often limited grantmaking dollars.

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Resource Type: Report
Topic: Investments
Funding Area: Environment



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Released: 01/2015

Counted as part of a foundation’s 5 percent distribution requirement, Program Related Investments (PRIs) can effectively recycle grant dollars, grow the endowment to provide additional grant monies for future projects, and provide a foundation’s grantees with significant unrestricted resources. In this 3-minute video produced by the Impact Finance Center, learn how this tool is helping leading foundations amplify their impact.

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Released: 10/2014

Choosing a new software package can be a challenging process.  For many foundaitons the process of selecting a Grantsmanagement system is even harder since it impacts the the Foundation so deeply.

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Topic: Technology



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Released: 11/2013

From the Foundation Center, an extensive array of resources, publications, web links, and videos with deep content about fiscal sponsorships.

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Released: 02/2014

Many skeptics of mission investing cite concerns that this practice violates foundation trustees’ fiduciary duties. Tim Smith, director of environmental, social and governance shareowner engagement at Walden Asset Management, argues that fiduciary duty should motivate instead of deter mission investing.

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Resource Type: Report
Topic: Investments



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