Philanthropic & Nonprofit Sectors

Beyond Fundraising: What Does It Mean to Build a Culture of Philanthropy?

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04/2016
In 2015, the Haas, Jr. Fund launched a new effort to “learn out loud” about how to break out of the sector’s chronic fundraising challenges. As part of this effort, we asked Cynthia Gibson to look into exactly what the field means when we talk about a culture of philanthropy. In this paper, Cynthia synthesizes her conversations with diverse experts across the field, offers a framework for understanding what a culture of philanthropy might look like, and suggests a path forward for organizations as they explore how to build such a culture. Cynthia’s paper suggests that, without a deeper shift...
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Sharing What Matters: Foundation Transparency

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03/2016
The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) examined the perspectives of foundation CEOs and learned that there is much agreement on the audiences for their transparency efforts. Foundation CEOs also agree about what they believe is the most important information to share with those audiences.However, foundation practice lags behind CEOs’ beliefs.
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New York Nonprofits in the Aftermath of FEGS: A Call to Action

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02/2016
The state Commission to Examine Nonprofit Human Services Organizations Closures published this report, New York Nonprofits in the Aftermath of FEGS: A Call to Action. The Human Services Council (HSC) convened the commission to examine the systemic problems contributing to the instability of so many nonprofit human services organizations, and we brought together stakeholders from philanthropy, academia, direct service, nonprofit coalitions, and others with nonprofit expertise to reflect on the sector in an effort to deliver thoughtful and succinct recommendations through a nine-month process...
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2014 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations

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02/2016
Funders for LGBTQ Issues released its new publication, "2014 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations." This report provides a detailed summary of the scope and character of foundation funding for LGBTQ issues in calendar year 2014. This 13th annual edition of the tracking report captures data on 4,552 grants awarded by 313 foundations, making it the most comprehensive assessment of LGBTQ funding available. In 2014, foundation funding totaled $153.2 million, a record high for LGBTQ grantmaking. (So as to avoid double-counting, this total...
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Philanthropy Lessons

Publication date: 
02/2016
Funders must be aware of the power dynamic that exists between those who give away money and those who rely on philanthropic gifts, be empathetic to it, and be supportive. When we acknowledge this dynamic, bring grantees into the conversation, and build authentic, trusting relationships, we increase the opportunity to create meaningful impact together. Philanthropy Lessons is a video series and campaign produced by Exponent Philanthropy, funded with a grant from the Fund for Shared Insight, and released in partnership with The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Together we are sharing words of wisdom...
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