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Released: 11/2014

Largely beneath the radar, a small but growing group has begun pursuing the innovative path explored in this report. Mostly in small steps—but sometimes in larger ways—they are adopting elements of what could emerge as a new anchor mission to deploy all resources to build community wealth.

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Resource Type: Best PracticeReport
Funding Area: Community Development



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Released: 01/2015

Many have argued that funders often work within a framework of isolated impact, reviewing proposals for funding in a vacuum and evaluating success based on the impact of individual organizations as opposed to that of systems.

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Audience: All Members



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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: 12/2013

From 2004 to 2012, Third Sector New England and clusters of nonprofit organizations joined in a unique grant program designed to further social change through united effort. In Funding Learning Networks for Community Impact readers will learn lessons from eight years of grantmaking in the area of nonprofit networking and explore the design of the CBF program where nonprofits planned, learned, and built relationships that enabled them to work together to achieve common goals.

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Released: 01/2015

Sanitation is one of the most critical issues that developing countries face. In this SSIR article, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation shares its findings and that in order to be effective, the work of philanthropy should not just be innovative but also cumulative.

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Released: 12/2012

The Grantmaking for Community Impact Project demonstrates the tremendous return on grant dollars invested in policy and civic engagement efforts of nonprofits through research conducted in New Mexico, North Carolina, Minnesota, Los Angeles County, Northwest Region, Pennsylvania and the Gulf/Midsouth.

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Released: 02/2014

If you’re interested in moving your organization toward more sensible and streamlined application and reporting practices, you’ve come to the right place! The pages that follow contain practical tools and resources that you can use to understand your current practice, make the case for streamlining, benchmark against colleague organizations, and identify opportunities to make meaningful change.

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Resource Type: Best PracticeToolkit



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Released: 04/2012

Program-related investments (“PRIs”) are powerful, versatile tools that foundations use to achieve their philanthropic goals alongside traditional grantmaking. Like grants, PRIs make inexpensive capital available to non-profit orfor-profit enterprises that are addressing social and environmental challenges. Unlike grants, PRIs are expected to be repaid, often with a modest, risk-adjusted rate of return.

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Resource Type: Best PracticeTools



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Released: 11/2014

An executive director of a small-staffed foundation juggles many roles: strategic grantmaker, convener, collaborator, and at times, board wrangler, media spokesperson, technical assistance provider, mediator, and the list goes on.

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Released: 06/2014

The 2014 Millennial Impact Report marked a new phase of the Millennial Impact research. This report focused primarily on Millennials' preferences in the workplace — how they engage with their company and what they look for in corporate cause work.

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