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From Words to Action: a Practical Philanthropic Guide to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Posted on May 1, 2018 by Barbara Chow

As communities worldwide are becoming more diverse, they are increasingly tackling the realities of systemic inequity. Philanthropy too must acknowledge its place in the context of transformative demographic changes. Addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has been an ongoing challenge within philanthropy, and while there has been progress, it requires continual work. This GrantCraft leadership series paper by Barbara Chow… Read More

Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2017

Posted on April 13, 2018 by Lucy Bernholz

Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2017 is an annual industry forecast about the ways we use private resources for public benefit. Each year, the Blueprint provides an overview of the current landscape, points to major trends, and directs your attention to horizons where you can expect some important breakthroughs in the coming year… Read More

International Grantmaking: Funding with a Global View

Posted on May 1, 2017 by GrantCraft

In this guide, grantmakers describe the benefits and challenges of bringing a global perspective to their work. The guide explains the regulations that govern cross-border grantmaking and shares the experiences of funders who have coped with working across geographic and cultural divides. It also weighs the merits of working through intermediaries and funding directly outside the United States… Read More

Foundations Moving On: Ending Programmes and Funding Relationships

Posted on November 8, 2013 by GrantCraft

Whether you are part of a family foundation that runs its own programmes, a big corporate grantmaker, a small venture philanthropist, an NGO that re-grants resources from a back-donor, or a mix of any of the above, exits are inevitable. Funders move on, and relationships with grantees, partners, or investees change along the way. Exit decisions and strategies are complicated;… Read More

Why and How Funders Work Together

Posted on December 15, 2009 by GrantCraft

When it comes to funder collaboratives, is the whole truly greater than the sum of its parts? Can foundations make a bigger impact with grant dollars by working together than by going it alone? Yes, grantmakers say, as long as members define their goals, set clear operational guidelines, and work from the start to make the collaborative function well for grantees… Read More

Communicating for Impact: Strategies for Grantmakers

Posted on September 25, 2009 by GrantCraft

A good communications strategy can amplify a grantee’s program and message in critical ways. Although some grantmakers readily embrace communications and its related technologies to meet programmatic goals, others are unsure about where to begin. … Read More

Providing for the Long Term: Supporting Endowments and Investable Assets

Posted on November 4, 2008 by Tony Proscio

In this guide grant makers discuss the opportunities and pitfalls of supporting endowments and alternatives to endowments. When the goal is to help strong organizations make longer-term programmatic plans and diversify their sources of funding, endowments can be helpful. But they’re far from foolproof. This guide offers some thoughts on how to avoid the most common mistakes and get the… Read More

The Effective Exit: Managing the End of a Funding Relationship

Posted on November 17, 2007 by Anne Mackinnon, Jan Jaffe

Effective exits are more likely to happen when grant makers discuss exiting and its implications from the start. Guide contributors share how they plan exits, clarify expectations regularly, and work with grantees to attract new funders. Experienced exiters also offer words of advice on working through (not avoiding) the tensions that so often arise as the end approaches… Read More

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