Best Practice

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Released: 01/2008

How do you figure out how much to give? Whether you wrestle with this question yourself or are helping other givers, the Bolder Giving Workbook offers unique perspectives and step-by-step guidance. Enjoy articles, exercises, and stories from amazing givers.

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Released: 01/2010

When it comes to funder collaboratives, is the whole truly greater than the sum of its parts? Can foundations make a bigger impact with grant dollars by working together than by going it alone? Yes, grantmakers say, as long as members define their goals, set clear operational guidelines, and work from the start to make the collaborative function well for grantees. In this guide, contributors share strategies for structuring a collaborative to fit its purpose, building strong relationships and resolving conflicts, and figuring out if the collaborative you're in is working.

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Audience: All Members
Topic: Collaboration



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Released: 04/2015

Strong leadership is critical for effective social sector organizations, yet the sector chronically underinvests in its leaders. What do social sector leaders need to help them succeed and, just as importantly, stay in the sector? What can grantmakers do to support these leaders? This publication synthesizes findings from new research conducted by the authors and offers recommendations for grantmakers.

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Audience: All Members



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Released: 08/2015

With college costs rising and students’ debt load mounting, there’s a growing national debate over how to make higher education affordable. What’s missing from the conversation is a clear and common understanding of what “affordable” means to students and families. To address that gap and reset the conversation around college affordability, Lumina Foundation today released the Affordability Benchmark for Higher Education—a framework that clearly defines college affordability in terms of what families and students can and should pay.

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Topic: Education
Funding Area: Higher Education



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Released: 08/2015

In an effort to capture and codify the growing breadth of knowledge and experience around leveraging networks for social impact, the Monitor Institute, a part of Deloitte Consulting, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, have produced ENGAGE: How Funders Can Support and Leverage Networks for Social Impact— an online guide which offers a series of frameworks, tools, insights, and stories to help funders explore the critical questions around using networks as part of their grantmaking strategy—particularly as a means to accelerating impact.

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Resource Type: Best PracticeToolkit
Audience: All Members
Topic: Networks
Funding Area: Placemaking



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Released: 11/2015

This resource compiles all available session materials from CMF's 43rd Annual Conference.

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Released: 11/2015

Michigan residents are generous with their time, skills and resources, but with many new ways for charitable organizations to raise funds, it’s now more important than ever to make sound decisions when donating money and volunteering. Here are some helpful tips for making those choices:

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Released: 04/2015

Collaboration is integral to the work done by foundations and nonprofits. Software can bridge the distance and unite dispersed collaborators by making it easy to present, review, and comment on information.

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Released: 12/2015

This report offers practical guidance on philanthropic organizations can use advocacy effectively to advance their mission.

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