Toolkits & Discussion Guides

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Released: 05/2016

To help foundation leaders and their boards begin essential conversations about the power of differences and determine the extent to which their board’s composition and operational practices embrace and empower differing voices, the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) developed this discussion guide and self-assessment.

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Released: 12/2008

This handbook is a practical tool that will help you think through the pros and cons, the ins and outs, and the nuts and bolts of developing and supporting a healthy giving circle.

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Released: 06/2013

This workbook from Idealware and NTEN addresses the disconnect between the tactical work of collecting and tracking data and the strategic work of defining and using the data for the organization's mission.

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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: 10/2012

The legal staff at the Packard Foundation, Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation and Moore Foundation developed this free, first-of-its-kind resource, which covers the basic legal rules around what staff are allowed to fund and engage in at a private foundation.

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Released: 04/2014

This guide gives access to learning materials, tools and data on racial inequities, their impact on communities of color and steps toward healing.

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Released: 10/2014

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

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