Impact Strategies & Tools

Translating Your Philanthropic Objectives Into Action

How will you use your resources to achieve your purpose?

At its core, grantmaking brings your objectives to life to create good for others. Your philanthropic strategy is how you get there; the roadmap for achieving your desired social impact.

PEAK Grantmaking

One of NCFP’s newest Content Partners, PEAK Grantmaking, is a vibrant member-led community of professionals who specialize in grants management for funding organizations. Together, they power knowledge and foster collaboration to advance equitable, effective, and efficient grantmaking practice – transforming how grants get made.  Below you’ll find a selection of their resources. For additional guides and resources, including more how-to

Stanford PACS Guide to Effective Philanthropy

This Guide by Stanford PACS is written for donors who are interested in significant and sustained giving. It was born out of their experience at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society in helping donors improve their philanthropic effectiveness. Although much of the Guide is relevant to philanthropy across the globe, it is focused on donors making gifts to

Participatory Grantmaking

NCFP believes that one of the core tenets of enlightened philanthropy is listening to end beneficiaries and being regularly informed by the people donors seek to serve. Participatory grantmaking takes listening one step further to engage community members in the decision-making process around grants. This Content Collection features research, case studies, discussion guides, and other articles and blog posts on

Expenditure Responsibility

When a private foundation makes a grant to an organization that is not classified by the IRS as tax-exempt, it is required by law to ensure that the funds are spent for charitable purposes and not for private or political activities. This NCFP Content Collection includes FAQs, rules and sample policies for the process of expenditure responsibility to ensure your

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Policy Central: Sample Policies and Practices

NCFP's Policy Central includes sample policies and practices in the areas of governance, grantmaking, family dynamics, engaging the next generation, investments, management, and staffing. New samples are added frequently, and are here when you need them!

Strategic Philanthropy

This Content Collection features NCFP research, webinars, and additional resources to use as your foundation or family considers its overall strategy and approach to philanthropy.

Capital Grants

A capital campaign is an intensive fundraising effort organized to meet a specific financial goal within a specified period of time. Included within the classification of a capital campaign are such projects as the construction of a facility, purchase of equipment and endowment support. A capital grant should do more than just build or renovate a building. An ideal capital

Funding Resiliency

Resiliency is the capacity of organizations to respond effectively to change, to adapt successfully to new and unforeseen conditions and circumstances – and to seize opportunity. It’s an essential characteristic of organizations that are built for ongoing success.

Pride of Place

This Content Collection features NCFP's report providing the first-ever, in-depth look at place-based, multi-generational family giving, along with a variety of other resources and case studies on place-based family philanthropy.

Ending Well: Exits and Spend Down

The resources shared in this collection contain information and tools developed through the experience of multiple philanthropies involved in exits—including the Foundation.