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Released: 02/2015

With support from Marts & Lundy, the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy developed this report to help inform the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit leaders and staff can use the information within The Philanthropy Outlook to guide decision making about future budgeting, staffing, fundraising, programming, and general nonprofit development, as well as for board reports, general nonprofit reports, and research on philanthropic giving trends.

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Released: 02/2015

For over a decade, the Schott Foundation’s efforts to collect and publish national data on the four-year graduation rates for Black males compared to other sub-groups has been to highlight how the persistent systemic disparity in opportunity creates a climate and perception of a population who is less valued.

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Resource Type: Report
Funding Area: Education



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Released: 12/2014

The 2013 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations explores the scope and character of foundation funding for LGBTQ issues in the calendar year 2013. This 12th annual edition of the tracking report captures data on 4,152 grants awarded by 342 foundations, making this the most comprehensive assessment of LGBTQ funding available.

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Resource Type: Report
Funding Area: LGBTQ



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Released: 05/2009

The purpose of this report is to share lessons learned from piloting a Racial Justice Grantmaking Assessment developed by the Applied Research Center (ARC) and the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) with two different foundations — the Consumer Health Foundation, a private foundation in Washington, DC; and the Barr Foundation, a family foundation in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Released: 01/2013

While there are benefits to strategic philanthropy, organizations should beware of taking the trend too far.

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Resource Type: Best Practice



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Released: 12/2014

New Rules on Costs, Reimbursement of Nonprofits Finalized. Governments at all levels – local, state, and federal – that hire nonprofits to deliver services are now required to reimburse nonprofits for the reasonable indirect costs (sometimes called “overhead” or “administrative” costs) they incur on behalf of governments when federal dollars are part of the funding stream.

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Released: 03/2015

The Kresge Foundation was poised to respond quickly and creatively to the 2008 economic downturn. A year earlier, it had begun to move beyond its well-known facilities — capital challenge grants — to focus on strategic interests in arts and culture, education, environment, health and human services and the community development in Detroit. As the recession took hold and the team for each of these programs developed its approach to grantmaking, the national Arts and Culture Program launched two pilot initiatives to “challenge communities to use art and culture as a tool to address broader community issues in some of America’s most neglected urban neighborhoods.”

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Released: 01/2014

A conversation with Rip Rapson, President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation, and Irene Hirano Inouye, President of the US-Japan Council, around philanthropic strategies for revitalizing and rebuilding our cities; foundation leadership and philanthropic stewardship; and to explore issues of governance and the importance of partnerships between board members and CEO’s.

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Released: 04/2015

This blog post reaffirms the findings of the “Radical Transformation” report included on this site and it provides links to several useful resources. Highly relevant for community, corporate, family and independent foundations.

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Released: 01/2007

The issue of payout percentage has been subject to debate, with various studies taking different positions as to the long-term effect of different rates on the corpus, but the general assumption in foundation circles is still that the 5% payout rate is the number that will enable foundations to maintain their purchasing power into the future. This paper looks at 13 foundations, and examines the ways in which their non-standard structures — whether in the areas of lifespan, payout, or methods — arise from their missions.

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