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Recent Reports from the Field - November 2015

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, November 16, 2015
November 16, 2015
 
Recent Reports from the Field 
 
By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, ABAG Communications Director
 
Here's the latest news and information for the philanthropic sector: 

Benchmarking Foundation Governance (The Center for Effective Philanthropy)

This report shares data and infographics on crucial topics related to foundation governance — including composition, member expertise, structure, involvement, and characteristics of meetings. Findings are based on survey responses from CEOs at 64 private, U.S.-based foundations giving at least $10 million annually.

Case Studies in Funding Innovation (Deloitte University Press)

These five case studies in funding innovation look at the realities of what it takes for philanthropy to fund breakthrough social innovation and examine how organizations interested in nurturing innovation can better find and fund new ideas with the potential for outsized social impact.

Earlier in 2015, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) and the Collective Impact Forum came together around the question of, "How can grantmakers instill an equity lens within their collaborative efforts?" Through research and interviews with funders and leading organizations in the equity field, GEO and the CI Forum compiled a research scan that identifies some of themajor challengesorganizations grapple with around advancing equity, and also discusseskey focus areasthat funders could support to help build their grantees’ capacity to address and reduce inequities.

This brief summarizes discussion at a June 2015 Tax Policy and Charities Project session where the nation’s leading Donor Advised Fund (DAF) providers, nonprofit leaders, and policy experts sought to clarify and distinguish the policy issues and debates surrounding DAFs, as well as to lay out a research agenda for the DAF field. This brief also contains a useful summary comparison of major differences in the laws and regulations applicable to public charities providing DAFs, other public charities and private foundations.

In September 2013, the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies (ACBP)and GrantCraft partnered to tell the storyof the ACBP spend down by highlighting more than 20 voices connectedwith it's spend down over a 28-month period until it closed its doors via a series of blog posts. This case study compiles the key insights and lessons learned from ACBP's spend down process.

Recommendations for Capital Grantmakers (Nonprofit Finance Fund & The Kresge Foundation)

This summary is written for arts funders who are looking to make smart and impactful investments. It includes tips for planning a grantmaking strategy, making the grant match the need, and ensuring that the grant is implemented successfully.

In the spring of 2015, Independent Sector partnered with more than 80 organizations to launch Threads, an intensive series of community conversations held across the country. This is a summary and analysis of the insights shared during those meetings.

Thank you to our national membership association,The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, for compiling much of this information.

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Recent Reports from the Field - October 2015

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, October 19, 2015

October 2015

By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, ABAG Communications Director

Here's the latest news and information for the philanthropic sector: 

The Effect of State Tax Rates on Charitable Giving (American Legislative Exchange Council)

Giving in Numbers: 2105 Edition (The Conference Board & CECP)

The Power of Philanthropic Partnerships (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

Simplifying Strategy: A practical toolkit for corporate societal engagement (FSG & CECP)

 

Thank you to our national membership association,The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, for compiling much of this information.


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Recent Reports from the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, September 21, 2015

September 2015

Take a look at these recent reports from the field:


Thank you to our national membership association,The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, for compiling much of this information.

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Recent Reports from the Field - July 2015

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, July 20, 2015
Updated: Monday, July 20, 2015
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Recent Reports from the Field - June 2015

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, June 15, 2015
June 2015
 

Recent Reports from the Field - June 2015

The latest news and information for the philanthropic sector:

Change Agent, Vol. 1 (The Communications Network)

Foundation Funding for Arts Education: An Update on Foundation Trends (Grantmakers in the Arts and Foundation Center)

Communications Strategies that Fast Track Policy Change (The California Endowment and Media Impact Funders)

Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge (Veterans Philanthropy Exchange, Council on Foundations)


Thank you to our national membership association,The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, for compiling much of this information.

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Recent Reports from the Field - April 2015

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, April 20, 2015

Recent Reports from the Field - April 2015

The latest news and information for the philanthropic sector:

Can Place-Based Grantmaking Help Turn the Tide of Inequality? (The Aspen Institute)

Agenda Setting: A Wise Giver's Guide to Influencing Public Policy (Philanthropy Roundtable)

Corporate Social Responsibility & the Arts (Animating Democracy)

Foundation Grantmaking over the Economic Cycle (Urban Institute)

Many Voices, One Goal: How an informal foundation collaborative helped make California history (Stuart Foundation)


Thank you to our national membership association,The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, for compiling much of this information.

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Recent Reports from the Field - March 2015

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, March 16, 2015
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Recent Reports from the Field - January 2015

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January 20, 2015

Recent Reports from the Field:

2013 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (Funders for LGBTQ Issues)

Hatch: Tell Stories with Purpose (The Rockefeller Foundation)

Insight Brief: Board Development (Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund)

Making Sense of Nonprofit Collaborations (The Bridgespan Group & The Lodestar Foundation)

Philanthropy- Winter 2015 (Philanthropy Roundtable)

State of Corporate Citizenship 2014 (Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship)

Thank you to our national membership association,The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, for compiling much of this information.

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Recent Reports from the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, November 10, 2014

November 2014

Recent Reports from the Field:

The 2014 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy (U.S. Trust and Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University)

Family Diagram (21/64 & Relatives Solutions) 

Impact Investing in the Energy Sector: How Federal Action Can Galvanize Private Support for Energy Innovation and Deployment (Mission Investors Exchange, Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance, and the MIT Sloan School of Management)

The Nonprofit Sector in Brief 2014 Public Charities, Giving and Volunteering (Urban Institute)

Thank you to our national membership association,The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, for compiling much of this information.

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Recent Reports from the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, October 20, 2014
Updated: Monday, October 20, 2014

October 2014

Check out these recent reports from the field:

The Corporate Citizen: Summer 2014 (Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship)

Foundation Chief Executives as Artful Jugglers (Center for Effective Philanthropy)

Philanthropy: Fall 2014 (Philanthropy Roundtable)

Thank you to our national membership association,The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, for compiling much of this information.

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Recent Reports from the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014

July 23, 2014

By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz

Recent Reports from the Field: 

2013 Columbus Survey Results: Guideposts for Growth and Aspirations (CF Insights & Council on Foundations)

Connected to Give: Community Circles (Jumpstart Labs)

Description and Analysis of the Camp Tax Reform Plan (Tax Policy Center)

Lessons in Funder Collaboration: What the Packard Foundation Has Learned about Working with Other Funders (Bridgespan)

Outsized Impact (Exponent Philanthropy)

Philanthropy: Summer 2014- Giving Nature (Philanthropy Roundtable)

Special Report: Corporate Giving Survey (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

Thank you to our national membership association, The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, for compiling much of this information.

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Recent Reports from the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, June 16, 2014
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Recent Reports from the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, May 19, 2014
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Recent Reports from the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, April 21, 2014
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Recent Reports from the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Thursday, March 13, 2014
Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014
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Recent Reports from the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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Recent Reports from the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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Recent Reports from the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Thursday, November 21, 2013

November 2013

Check out these recent reports from the field:

 

2013 Charity CEO Compensation Study (Charity Navigator)

2013 Donor-Advised Fund Report (National Philanthropic Trust)

A Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems (Grants Managers Network, Technology Affinity Group, Idealware)

Doing Good in the 21st Century (Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy & La Piana Consulting)- features MCF's Trista Harris

Finding a Foothold: How Nonprofit News Ventures Seek Sustainability (Knight Foundation)

Funding Movement Building: Bay Area Approaches (Bay Area Justice Funders Network)

Growth in Foundation Support for Media in the United States (Foundation Center)

Harnessing Collaborative Technologies: Helping Funders Work Together Better (Monitor Institute & Foundation Center)

Six Pathways to Enduring Results: Lessons from Spend-Down Foundations (The Bridgespan Group)

Small Steps to Big Change: Why Support for Local Latino Groups Is Critical to LGBTQ Organizing (Hispanics in Philanthropy)

 Thank you to our national membership association, The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, for compiling much of this information.

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Recent Reports from the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, October 21, 2013

October 2013

Check out these recent reports from the field:

Connected to Give: Jewish Legacies (Connected to Give)

Molto + Media: Digital Culture Funding (Media Impact Funders)

Philanthropy - Fall 2013 (Philanthropy Roundtable)

A Practical Guide to Integrated Communications: A Workbook for Nonprofits (Idealware)

The Prenups: What Filmmakers and Funders Should Talk About Before Tying the Knot (Active Voice)

The U.S. Trust Study of the Philanthropic Conversation: Understanding advisor approaches and client expectations (U.S. Trust Institutional Investments & Philanthropic Solutions & The Philanthropic Initiative) 

Thank you to our national membership association,The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, for compiling much of this information.

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Recent Reports From the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Thursday, September 19, 2013
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Recent Reports From the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, July 15, 2013
Updated: Monday, July 22, 2013
July/August 2013
 
Check out these recent reports from the field:

Thank you to our national membership association, The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, for compiling much of this information.

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Recent Reports From the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Thursday, June 13, 2013
Updated: Monday, June 17, 2013

Recent Reports From the Field

June 2013

Check out these recent reports from the field:

2013 Insights on Wealth and Worth (U.S. Trust)

Age-Friendly Communities: The movement to create great places to grow up and grow old in America: An introduction for private and public funders (Grantmakers in Aging)

Audit Guide for Charitable Nonprofits (National Council of Nonprofits)

Cutting Edge Social Media (Idealware)

A Decade of Million-Dollar Gifts: A closer look at major gifts by type of recipient organization, 2000-2011 (CCS and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy)

Foundation Transparency: What Nonprofits Want (The Center for Effective Philanthropy)

Foundations Moving On: Ending Programmes and Funding Relationships (GrantCraft)

Leveraging the Power of Foundations-An Analysis of Program-Related Investing (Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy)

The Philanthropic Landscape 2011 (National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy)

Thank you to our national membership association, The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, for compiling much of this information.

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Recent Reports From the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Updated: Monday, May 20, 2013
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Recent Reports from the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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Recent Reports from the Field

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, March 18, 2013

March 2013

Recent reports of interest from the field:

Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking Key Findings (Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group)

As the South Goes: Philanthropy and Social Justice in the US South (Grantmakers for Southern Progress)

Getting Started With Data-Driven Decision Making: A Workbook (NTEN)

Thank you to our national membership association, The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, for compiling much of this information.


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