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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

Integrating Inclusivity Into Your Submission & Application Process: 7 Key Strategies

Posted on August 24, 2020 by Submittable

How can you be more inclusive in a way that’s fair to everyone? And how can you integrate inclusivity into your submission and application processes in a way that doesn’t solely depend on the fallibility of humans, who all struggle with internalized biases and prejudices? This guide examines the importance of being inclusive—and the importance of having concrete and trackable… Read More

Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking

Posted on August 24, 2020 by Cynthia Gibson

Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking looks at why and how funders are engaging in participatory grantmaking and shifting decision-making power to the very communities impacted by funding decisions. Through examples and insights from a diverse range of participatory grantmakers, the report explores the benefits, challenges, and models of participatory grantmaking… Read More

A Call to Action: Trustee Advocacy to Advance Opportunity for Black Communities in Philanthropy

Posted on August 24, 2020 by ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities

Black professionals’ opportunities to lead in foundations in senior positions and the pipeline for Black talent for the institution; Opportunities for Black professional services and vendors to do business with the philanthropic sector; and Expanded foundation funding in Black communities in ways that are effective and responsible to the issues impacting our lives. This Call to Action includes specific ways… Read More

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