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Released: 08/2010

CICF's Giving Guide will guide families or friends through a thoughtful conversation about how to best connect what's most important to them and where they invest their charitable contributions.

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Released: 03/2010

This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

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Audience: All Members



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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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Resource Type: Sample DocumentTemplateTools
Topic: Technology



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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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Resource Type: SurveyTools



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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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Released: 03/2015

Our State of Generosity (OSoG) is a partnership of four institutions—the Council of Michigan Foundations; the Michigan Nonprofit Association; the Michigan Community Service Commission; and the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy—that collectively form the backbone of the state’s philanthropic, voluntary, and nonprofit infrastructure. Each of these four partners has invested financial and human resources in the start-up and ongoing operation of the OSoG project. OSoG’s mission is to capture, preserve, analyze, and share the developments, achievements, and experiences that, over a period of 40 years, made Michigan a State of Generosity.

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Released: 04/2015

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy developed this paper to provide a fresh, solutions focused framework to help funders address the pressing issue of nonprofit leadership development in ways that are flexible and appropriate across the diversity of the foundation field.

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Resource Type: Best PracticeTools
Audience: All Members



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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: 01/2015

Slingshot, A Resource Guide to Jewish Innovation, is an annual compilation of the most inspiring and innovative organizations, projects, and programs in the North American Jewish community today. First published in 2005, Slingshot continues to highlight those organizations in Jewish life with particular resonance among the next generation.

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Audience: All Members
Topic: Publications



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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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Resource Type: Best PracticeTools