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  • Project Drawdown’s Blueprint of Possibility to Reverse Global Warming—A Guide for Grantmaking

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    Scientists have done an extraordinary job detailing the current and future impacts of global warming. Despite three decades of committed international research, however, no one had developed a comprehensive, actionable, and convincing path forward to reverse it. Project Drawdown was created to change that. It's a nonprofit and international coalition comprised of researchers, geologists, agronomists, biologists, political leaders, climatologists, botanists, economists, policy analysts, engineers, architects, sociologists, urban planners, writers, activists, business people, nonprofit leaders, and more. What unites participants is a singular goal: to reverse global warming. Publication date: September 5, 2018

    Scientists have done an extraordinary job detailing the current and future impacts of global warming. Despite three decades of committed international research, however, no one had developed a comprehensive, actionable, and convincing path forward to reverse it. 

    Project Drawdown was created to change that. It's a nonprofit and international coalition comprised of researchers, geologists, agronomists, biologists, political leaders, climatologists, botanists, economists, policy analysts, engineers, architects, sociologists, urban planners, writers, activists, business people, nonprofit leaders, and more. What unites participants is a singular goal: to reverse global warming.

    A PEAK Insight Journal article.

    Publication date: September 5, 2018

    ​Katharine Wilkinson

    Vice President of Communication & Engagement

    Project Drawdown

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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


  • Gender Lens Investing and Moving the Needle on Sustainable Development Goals

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    To be effective in supporting change, grantmakers need to identify their leverage point: that sweet spot where, in global terms, small sums make a big difference. Most of us assume the best way to do this is to focus on our areas of expertise, such as climate change, rural poverty or supporting children’s health, or on a geographical region that we have ties to. A quick scan of the goals will likely produce one we can legitimately focus on: job done! But another way of thinking and practice is emerging, offering an integrated approach that engages both the grantmaking/programmatic side of a foundation and its endowment. As its point of leverage, it seeks to use philanthropy’s relatively limited resources to harness the immense power of global capital flows for progressive change. Publication date: September 12, 2018

    To be effective in supporting change, grantmakers need to identify their leverage point: that sweet spot where, in global terms, small sums make a big difference.

    Most of us assume the best way to do this is to focus on our areas of expertise, such as climate change, rural poverty or supporting children’s health, or on a geographical region that we have ties to. A quick scan of the goals will likely produce one we can legitimately focus on: job done!

    But another way of thinking and practice is emerging, offering an integrated approach that engages both the grantmaking/programmatic side of a foundation and its endowment. As its point of leverage, it seeks to use philanthropy’s relatively limited resources to harness the immense power of global capital flows for progressive change.

    A PEAK Insight Journal article.

    Publication date: September 12, 2018

    Jo Andrews

    Co-Founder and Director, Social Impact

    Equileap

    Diana van Maasdijk

    Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

    Equileap


    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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

  • Supporting Evidence-Based Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa

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    A Q&A with Hewlett Foundation program officers on how they are using their funding power to support evidence-based policies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Publication date: September 13, 2018

    A Q&A with Hewlett Foundation program officers on how they are using their funding power to support evidence-based policies in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Publication date: September 13, 2018

    Norma Altshuler

    Program Officer, Global Development and Population

    William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


    Sarah Lucas

    Program Officer, Global Development and Population

    William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


    ​Aimée Bruederle

    Grants Officer, Global Development and Population Program

    Hewlett Foundation

  • Practical Ideas for Improving Equity and Inclusion at Nonprofits

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    The journey toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion has no fixed endpoint, but here are a few places to start. Publication date: September 13, 2018

    The journey toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion has no fixed endpoint, but here are a few places to start.

    Acknowledging intersectionality—the reality that we live within a system of overlapping and interdependent privileges and disadvantages—is a first step toward truly addressing DEI. But how can we make acknowledging intersectionality a practice, and not just a conversation? We can start by making relatively simple changes that center our work at the intersection of race, gender, sexual orientation, ableism, and implicit bias. 

    Publication date: September 13, 2018

    ​Emily Teitsworth

    Executive Director

    GirlVentures

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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

  • Ask Dr. Streamline: Setting a Good Example

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    What are some best practices in streamlining the online grant application process? What is the role of logic models and theories of change in holding grantees accountable? Dr. Streamline answers these questions. Publication date: September 13, 2018

    What are some best practices in streamlining the online grant application process? What is the role of logic models and theories of change in holding grantees accountable?

    Dr. Streamline answers these questions.

    Publication date: September 13, 2018

    ​Jessica Bearman

    Principal

    Bearman Consulting

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • Planning and Pre-Grant: Apply the grantmaker values, mission, and goals to ensure alignment of application process and guidelines.

  • How Youth-Led Grantmaking Benefits Young People, Their Communities, and the Philanthropic Sector

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    More foundations, philanthropy-serving organizations, schools, and neighborhood institutions have come to see that young people themselves are well positioned to make informed decisions about community needs both now and in the future that belongs to them. As a result, the practice of youth philanthropy has emerged in hundreds of communities and organizations across the United States. Publication date: August 2018

    More foundations, philanthropy-serving organizations, schools, and neighborhood institutions have come to see that young people themselves are well positioned to make informed decisions about community needs both now and in the future that belongs to them. As a result, the practice of youth philanthropy has emerged in hundreds of communities and organizations across the United States. 

    Publication date: August 2018

    Sheryl Seller

    Assistant Director, Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

    Brandeis University

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Staff and Volunteer Development: Build the capacity of staff and volunteers to be successful in their grantmaking role.

  • 5 Tips for Effective Grantmaking, No Matter What the World Throws At You

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    What can you do to ensure that your foundation and its grantmaking remains relevant, directing resources to areas requiring the most assistance? Make it a priority to enhance your grantmaking cycle, now. Publication date: September 5, 2018

    What can you do to ensure that your foundation and its grantmaking remains relevant, directing resources to areas requiring the most assistance? Make it a priority to enhance your grantmaking cycle, now.

    What parts of the process do you do because you must? How about areas that you do just because, well, things have always been done that way? You should be treating your grantmaking process like an investment where you want a social return. Think about where you can achieve efficiencies, then direct time saved towards strategizing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals.

    Publication date: September 5, 2018

    Annie Rhodes

    Director of Foundation Strategy, Corporations and Foundations Division

    Blackbaud

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Knowledge Management: Capture and apply knowledge to promote learning and improvement.
      Process and Change Management: Plan and monitor processes efficiently and effectively to contribute to grantmaker's strategic goals and grantee's success.
      Technology Management: Apply technology solutions to grantmaking to support grantmaker, applicant, and grantee success.

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • Planning and Pre-Grant: Apply the grantmaker values, mission, and goals to ensure alignment of application process and guidelines.

  • Donor-Advised Funds: How to Make Sure They Strengthen Our Communities

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    The rapid growth of donor-advised funds (DAFs) is one of the major stories in charitable giving. As community foundation leaders, we need to understand the impact of this growth and ensure that those who manage and donate to these funds adhere to best practices. Publication date: August 20, 2018

    The rapid growth of donor-advised funds (DAFs) is one of the major stories in charitable giving. As community foundation leaders, we need to understand the impact of this growth and ensure that those who manage and donate to these funds adhere to best practices.

    Publication date: August 20, 2018

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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


  • Systemic Failure: Four Reasons Philanthropy Keeps Losing the Battle Against Inequality

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    Funders working for equity and against inequality are getting their butts kicked. Why is that? Original publication date: January 10, 2018

    Funders working for equity and against inequality are getting their butts kicked. That said, there’s much that philanthropy can do to promote equity—and more funders have stepped forward to work on this challenge with big hopes. 

    But here, in a nutshell, is why grantmaker efforts tend to yield so little success: Because equity-minded foundations keep failing to zero in on the all-important sphere of political economy. Inequality mainly stems from how the U.S. economy works and, critically, the range of public policies and power arrangements that govern economic life. Yet, instead of focusing laser-like on this fundamental reality, funders embrace overly diffuse, often localized strategies that yield few larger systemic gains. They win battles here and there, while losing the war.

    Publication date: January 10, 2018

    David Callahan

    Writer

    Inside Philanthropy

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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



  • A Good Enough Grant Application Process

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    Components of what good enough application process elements look like. Publication date: August 29, 2018

    There are two categories of things that can make an online application processes smooth or rocky: foundation-driven requirements and system mechanics. What your foundation decides about requirements is primary. When these requirements are reasonable and clear, they foster clear communication, well-focused funding requests, and mutual respect. Meanwhile, good system mechanics are nearly invisible in their good design and leave users happy. 

    Publication date: August 29, 2018

    Alice Cottingham

    Consultant to Grantmaking Foundations

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • Planning and Pre-Grant: Apply the grantmaker values, mission, and goals to ensure alignment of application process and guidelines.