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Next Gen Fellows Program

Posted on September 16, 2020 by Kerry McHugh

The Next Gen Fellows Program is a 3-week leadership development program for the next generation of foundation leaders. The fellowship is designed for current or soon-to-be trustees and staff roughly 18–35 years old. We are thrilled to host this virtual cohort as a collaboration between Exponent Philanthropy and the National Center for Family Philanthropy. In this program, you will: Be guided… Read More

The Canary Fund: Participatory Grantmaking at the David Rockefeller Fund

Posted on September 14, 2020 by David Rockefeller Fund

The following excerpt from Leading with Love and Gratitude: The David Rockefeller Fund at 30 shares the story of the DR Fund’s work and strategies seeking to address the long-term impact of penal system policies on people, families, and communities, featuring the participatory grantmaking approach of the Canary Fund. In 2016–17, Lukas Haynes established a path-breaking DR Fund fellowship program… Read More

The Materiality of Sustainability for Investors

Posted on September 8, 2020 by Cambridge Associates

Sustainability is increasingly material to investment returns. In this paper, experts from Cambridge Associates discuss five prominent trends that are likely to have relevant implications for investment portfolios over the long term. The five trends we highlight — climate change, multi–stakeholder driven society, resource degradation, demographic challenges, and technological revolution — all warrant attention from investors, even if they have… Read More

Impact Investing Handbook: An Implementation Guide for Practitioners

Posted on August 31, 2020 by Patrick Briaud, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Steven Godeke

The Handbook comes at a pivotal moment. In the midst of urgent social, economic and environmental challenges including COVID-19, a rapidly changing climate, growing economic inequity, and broader realization of systemic impacts of racism, more investors are seeking to better understand the positive and negative consequences of how they deploy capital. There is a growing realization among those who seek… Read More

Participatory Grantmaking Case Study: Durfee Foundation

Posted on August 25, 2020 by GrantCraft

Questions addressed include: What are your grantmaking and/or strategic priorities (in terms of geographic focus, issue, etc.)? Who decides the grantmaking priorities? The overall strategy for the fund? What’s the process by which these decisions are made? Is the participatory decision-making process the same for all grant types and sizes? If not, why? Who comprises your grantmaking selection panel(s)? How… Read More

Participatory Grantmaking Case Study: Catherine Donnelly Foundation

Posted on August 25, 2020 by GrantCraft

Questions addressed include: What are your grantmaking and/or strategic priorities (in terms of geographic focus, issue, etc.)? Who decides the grantmaking priorities? The overall strategy for the fund? What’s the process by which these decisions are made? Is the participatory decision-making process the same for all grant types and sizes? If not, why? Who comprises your grantmaking selection panel(s)? How… Read More

Listening to Those Who Matter Most, the Beneficiaries

Posted on August 25, 2020 by Valerie Threlfall, Fay Twersky, Phil Buchanan

To become more effective, nonprofits and foundations are turning to various sources for advice. Some look to experts who can share knowledge, research, and experience about what works—and what does not. Others turn to crowdsourcing to generate ideas and even guide decisions about future directions or funding. Experts and crowds can produce valuable insights. But too often nonprofits and funders… Read More

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