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  • Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking

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    ​Funders are increasingly looking to engage the communities they serve in the grantmaking process, but there are few resources about how to do so. The guide explores how funders can engage in participatory grantmaking and cede decision-making power about funding decisions to the very communities they aim to serve. Publication date: October 2, 2018

    Funders are increasingly looking to engage the communities they serve in the grantmaking process, but there are few resources about how to do so. The guide explores how funders can engage in participatory grantmaking and cede decision-making power about funding decisions to the very communities they aim to serve. Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking illustrates why and how funders around the world are engaging in this practice that is shifting traditional power dynamics in philanthropy. Created with input from a number of participatory grantmakers, the guide shares challenges, lessons learned, and best practices for engaging in inclusive grantmaking. 

    Publication date: October 2, 2018

    ​Jen Bokoff

    Director of Stakeholder Engagement

    Foundation Center

    Jen Bokoff is the director of stakeholder engagement at Foundation Center. She develops partnerships and projects that build knowledge and strategy for grantmakers. She likes asking "so what?" to push Foundation Center's data-driven work to be as valuable and actionable as it can be to social sector changemakers. She also runs GrantCraft, a free service that taps the practical wisdom of funders to improve the collective knowledge of the philanthropy field. In her role, Jen regularly speaks at conferences and facilitates workshops with funders, and connects people to resources, ideas, and one another. A graduate of Tufts University, Jen studied community health and sociology. She serves on the Alumni Council as the chair of the development committee and also serves on an advisory committee for The Moth’s education programs. In her spare time, she is an amateur comedic improviser, avid Brooklyn nerd, and second base woman on Foundation Center's winning-in-spirit softball team.

    Cynthia Gibson

    Principal

    Cynthesis Consulting

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Communications: Listen to others and communicate effectively.

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • Award and Monitoring: Establish mutual expectations between the grantmaker and grantee to support success.
    • Award and Monitoring: Monitor grantee activity to support grantee success and determine compliance with grant agreement.

  • Understanding & Sharing What Works: The State of Foundation Practice

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    ​Assessing the performance of a foundation is notoriously challenging, but it is crucial to learning and improvement. How well do foundation leaders believe they understand what is and isn’t working in their foundation’s programmatic efforts? How are they building that understanding? What information are they choosing to share with others? CEP surveyed and conducted in-depth interviews with private and community foundation leaders regarding what they know about what is and isn’t working in their foundations’ efforts to achieve their goals. Publication date: November 2018

    Assessing the performance of a foundation is notoriously challenging, but it is crucial to learning and improvement. How well do foundation leaders believe they understand what is and isn’t working in their foundation’s programmatic efforts? How are they building that understanding? What information are they choosing to share with others?

    To answer these questions, CEP surveyed and conducted in-depth interviews with private and community foundation leaders regarding what they know about what is and isn’t working in their foundations’ efforts to achieve their goals.

    The data in this report, along with the insights in the profiles, can help foundation leaders determine the best methods for learning from their work and deciding what to be open about.

    Publication date: November 2018

    Ellie Buteau

    Vice President, Research

    Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

    Jennifer Glickman

    Manager, Research

    Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Knowledge Management: Capture and apply knowledge to promote learning and improvement.
    • Strategic Management: Promote organizational mission and goals and inspire colleagues to achieve them.

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • Post-Grant: Review grantmaking to determine success in meeting goals and objectives.

  • Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy: Data to Drive Decisions

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    ​Disasters and humanitarian crises affected millions of people globally in 2016. Donors responded generously to these disasters: How were their dollars allocated? Publication date: November 2018

    Disasters and humanitarian crises affected millions of people globally in 2016. Donors responded generously to these disasters: How were their dollars allocated?

    The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is proud to partner with Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, to present this interactive dashboard, which provides an analysis of disaster-related funding by foundations, governments, corporations, and individuals. The data presented here illuminate funding trends, expose imbalances in where and when contributions are made, and can help donors make more strategic decisions about their investments in the full life cycle of disasters, including preparedness and recovery efforts.

    Publication date: November 2018

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Strategic Management: Promote organizational mission and goals and inspire colleagues to achieve them.

  • Strengthening Fundraising Capacity: How the Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund Is Supporting Innovation in Fundraising

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    Financial sustainability is a constant challenge for many grantees, yet support for fundraising often gets left behind. This case study explores how one funder addressed these challenges through design-thinking, collaborating with consultants, and co-creating with their grantees. It reminds us that fundraising is a core leadership capacity funders need to support. Publication date: November 1, 2018

    Financial sustainability is a constant challenge for many grantees, yet support for fundraising often gets left behind. This case study explores how one funder addressed these challenges through design-thinking, collaborating with consultants, and co-creating with their grantees. It reminds us that fundraising is a core leadership capacity funders need to support. 

    Publication date: November 1, 2018

    Lori Bartczak

    Senior Director of Knowledge and Content

    Community Wealth Partners

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.

  • Time for a Three-Legged Measurement Stool

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    Going beyond traditional monitoring and evaluation to focus on feedback can lead to new innovations in the social sector. Publication date: Winter 2019

    Going beyond traditional monitoring and evaluation to focus on feedback can lead to new innovations in the social sector.

    Publication date: Winter 2019

    ​Fay Twersky

    Director of Effective Philanthropy

    William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • Post-Grant: Review grantmaking to determine success in meeting goals and objectives.

  • Streamlining Basics – Getting Started with a Streamlining Process

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    The process of streamlining is like any change management process – it requires certain key elements to be in place or it’s not likely to gain traction and stick. Project Streamline’s Guide, Making Streamlining Stick, proposes a sequence informed by the classic change management guide by John Kotter, "Leading Change." Publication date: October 24, 2018

    The process of streamlining is like any change management process – it requires certain key elements to be in place or it’s not likely to gain traction and stick. Project Streamline’s Guide, Making Streamlining Stick, proposes a sequence informed by the classic change management guide by John Kotter, Leading Change.

    It has four basic phases:  Take Stock, Make the Case, Plan Changes, and Implement and Refine.  Grantmakers who undertake streamlining initiatives don’t always start at the “beginning” – sometimes they begin streamlining because they are already making a big change, such as implementing a new grants management system – but eventually they always hit all four phases of the sequence.

    Publication date:  October 24, 2018

    Jessica Bearman

    Principal

    Bearman Consulting

    JESSICA BEARMAN (Bearman Consulting) works with foundations and other mission-based organizations, focusing on organization development, facilitation, planning, and project R&D to help them become more intentional, effective, and responsive to communities. 

    Jessica has been the lead consultant to PEAK Grantmaking’s Project Streamline since its inception, helping grantmakers to understand and minimize the burden of their application and reporting practices.Prior to her work in philanthropy, Jessica spent nine years in the nonprofit sector, where she experienced plenty of mystifying requirements. She has a Masters in Organization Development from American University/National Training Laboratory. Jessica loves living on an organic farm in Idaho with her husband, two wild boys, forty philosophical chickens, and thousands of industrious bees.

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Process and Change Management: Plan and monitor processes efficiently and effectively and manage change as needed to contribute to grantmaker's strategic goals and grantee's success.

  • Funding for Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support

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    ​Although indigenous issues cut across many program areas, most funders that currently support indigenous communities do so through their environmental, human rights, and international development programs. This report finds that funders employ a variety of strategies, including direct giving, intermediaries, long-term investments and indigenous control of philanthropic resources, to support indigenous communities. Publication date: November 2015​

    Although indigenous issues cut across many program areas, including culture, education, health, and sustainable development, most funders that currently support indigenous communities do so through their environmental, human rights, and international development programs. Based on more than two dozen interviews with grantmakers, a survey, and a literature review, this report finds that funders employ a variety of strategies, including direct giving, intermediaries, long-term investments and indigenous control of philanthropic resources to support indigenous communities. It outlines program and operational strategies as well as tools for partnering with indigenous communities.

    Publication date: November 2015

    ​Jen Bokoff

    Director of Stakeholder Engagement

    Foundation Center

    Jen Bokoff is the director of stakeholder engagement at Foundation Center. She develops partnerships and projects that build knowledge and strategy for grantmakers. She likes asking "so what?" to push Foundation Center's data-driven work to be as valuable and actionable as it can be to social sector changemakers. She also runs GrantCraft, a free service that taps the practical wisdom of funders to improve the collective knowledge of the philanthropy field. In her role, Jen regularly speaks at conferences and facilitates workshops with funders, and connects people to resources, ideas, and one another. A graduate of Tufts University, Jen studied community health and sociology. She serves on the Alumni Council as the chair of the development committee and also serves on an advisory committee for The Moth’s education programs. In her spare time, she is an amateur comedic improviser, avid Brooklyn nerd, and second base woman on Foundation Center's winning-in-spirit softball team.

    Jennifer Tierney

    Editorial Consultant

    International Funders for Indigenous Peoples

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.
      Knowledge Management: Capture and apply knowledge to promote learning and improvement.

  • The Impact Investing Journey: Aligning Portfolio with Purpose

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    This case study of the Russell Family Foundation's approach to impact investing outlines its comprehensive journey since inception and four-year experience growing from seven percent to almost 75 percent mission-aligned investments. It details the experiments with impact investing, starting with a pilot project in 2004, followed by a series of additional mission-related investments. Publication date: October 2018

    This case study of the Russell Family Foundation's approach to impact investing outlines its comprehensive journey since inception and four-year experience growing from seven percent to almost 75 percent mission-aligned investments. It details the experiments with impact investing, starting with a pilot project in 2004, followed by a series of additional mission-related investments. 

    Publication date:  October 2018

    Kathleen Simpson

    Chief Financial Officer

    The Russell Family Foundation

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • Post-Grant: Review grantmaking to determine success in meeting goals and objectives.

  • How to Use Donor-Advised Funds to Make Impact Investments

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    There’s a vast missed opportunity to use DAFs for making impact investments in support of market-based solutions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Publication date: October 25, 2018

    There’s a vast missed opportunity to use DAFs for making impact investments in support of market-based solutions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    Publication date: October 25, 2018

    Ryan Macpherson

    Portfolio and Investment Manager

    Autodesk Foundation

    Sarah Kearney

    ​Founder and Executive Director

    PRIME Coalition

    ​Emma Kulow

    Strategic Programs Analyst

    PRIME Coalition

  • How Grantmakers Can Use Power Mindfully to Advance Equity

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    While there are many potential barriers to utilizing power ethically and responsibly, funders can—and must—overcome them to truly advance equity and justice. Publication date: October 31, 2018

    While there are many potential barriers to utilizing power ethically and responsibly, funders can—and must—overcome them to truly advance equity and justice.

    Publication date: October 31, 2018

    Lisa Ranghelli

    Senior Director of Assessment and Special Projects

    National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

    Lisa Ranghelli is NCRP’s senior director of assessment and special projects. She oversees organizational evaluation and learning and directs the Philamplify initiative. She led production of a dozen Philamplify assessments of major foundations, resulting in changes in funder practice. Earlier she directed NCRP’s Grantmaking for Community Impact Project, which documented the ROI of foundation investments in community-led advocacy, organizing and civic engagement. She led production of seven regional reports and a summary brief, Leveraging Limited Dollars.

    Prior to joining NCRP in 2008, Lisa was a research, evaluation, and program development consultant for social change organizations. Previously, she was deputy director of public policy at the Center for Community Change, where she helped grassroots organizations mobilize successfully on federal and state policy issues. Based in Western MA, Lisa has a B.A. from Wesleyan University and master of regional planning degree from Cornell.

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.
      Strategic Management: Promote organizational mission and goals and inspire colleagues to achieve them.