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Released: 12/2012

This guide from Exponent Philanthropy will help facilitate discussions among your board members or local community of grantmakers with one purpose in mind: to explore and strengthen a commitment to having an impact with your giving. Eight topics included.

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Released: 10/2010

This paper from the Community Research Institute explores partnerships and collaboration from a foundation lens as philanthropy seeks to work together in new collaborative ways with each other, nonprofits/grantees, and additional partners across sectors in a rapidly changing context and landscape.

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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: 12/2014

This executive summary of GEO’s 2014 study highlights some important shifts in how grantmakers support nonprofit results, but also reveals where we’re falling short.

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Released: 01/2013

This occasional paper from the Kettering Foundation is written by Peter Pennekamp, former executive director of the Humboldt Area Foundation. It explores the questions of why and how community democracy can be both a cultural choice and an organizing system for philanthropy.

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Resource Type: Report
Topic: Collaboration



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Released: 12/2014

Most funders agree that effective grantmaking requires pursuing a range of complementary approaches. Direct grants are the lifeblood of organizations and the cornerstone of funder practice, but grantmakers also provide critical value when they help grantees develop organizational leadership and governance, strengthen strategic collaborations with peers, network with new allies, and expand field knowledge, among other things.

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Funding Area: EducationAdvocacySustainability



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Released: 12/2012

The Project Streamline Grantmaker Assessment Tool is an online survey that generates a comparative report about your grantmaking processes. This tool will enable you to compare your grantmaking processes to those of other funders, as well as to the principles described in the report, Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted from Purpose.

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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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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: 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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