NMAG NewsJune 2016 Reports and Resources

June 17, 2016 – 

Philanthropy: Let’s Talk About Race, Baby (National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy)
Caitlin Duffy reflects on her journey as a white woman in philanthropy to learn and practice racial equity through grantmaking. She encourages philanthropy to start understanding effective philanthropy as that which addresses systemic racism and oppression.  

Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
While the movement for full-cost funding is strong among the philanthropic community, Jeri Eckhart-Queenan, Michael Etzel, and Sridhar Prasad argue funders must move beyond that. Full-cost funding means understanding the nuances and complexities of nonprofits, and the diverse budgets under which they operate. 

Top 8 Ways Philanthropy Can Make Space at the Table for Immigrant Women Leaders (Philanthropy New York)
While investing in women’s leadership is now commonplace, it is often overlooked when addressing other issues we deem “more important.” Taryn Higashi gives 8 suggestions for elevating the voices of immigrant women leaders, reframing such as pivotal to philanthropic effectiveness and success. 

Native Voices Rising: Critical Leadership in Institutional Philanthropy (Foundation Center)
Edgar Villanueva reflects on the need to continually elevate native voices in philanthropy and dispel myths which inhibit their inclusion in leadership.

Four Questions to Ask Before You Engage With a Network (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
Networks for social impact are effective investments for funders. Anna Muoio and Kaitlin Terry provide four questions to think through as one decides how and where to invest their network dollars. 

How to Talk About Investing With Impact With Your Investment Committee (Indiana Philanthropy Alliance)
John Rogers suggests the first step to adopting the impact investment style is simple: initiate an investment committee discussion. He ensures the process is less overwhelming with his guideline for effective discussions.  

Foundation Transparency: Game Over? (Foundation Center)
Foundation Center president Brad Smith argues the imminent release of foundation 990-PF (and 990) tax returns as machine-readable open data is the single largest change to foundation transparency in decades. He outlines the potential good, bad, and ugly to come from such a development, and how philanthropy can prepare for such. 

There’s No Such Thing As Foundation Transparency… and What To Do About It (Part 2) (Exponent Philanthropy)
Jeffrey Glebocki challenges funders to transcend the sustainability myth by focusing on the long-term context and arc of real problem-solving. This is to combat matters like funder fatigue and shifting interests and directions which threaten nonprofits. 

To Make a Difference, Family Philanthropy Must Take More Risks (National Center for Family Philanthropy)
Katherine Lorenz challenges family philanthropies to embrace the promise of philanthropy, innovation through the ability to take risks, to achieve the ambitious goals they set for themselves. 

10 Ways to Innovate Our Response to Humanitarian Crises (Center for Disaster Philanthropy)
Regine Webster recently co-authored a paper for the World Humanitarian Summit where she argued philanthropy can no longer remain ignorant to humanitarian crises and their systemic causes and effects. Here she provides a brief ten suggestions for philanthropists looking to invest in humanitarian responses. 

Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Katz on Creating the Momentum Fellowship (Grantmakers in the Arts)
Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Knotz on Creating the Momentum Fellowship (Grantmakers in the Arts) Grantmakers in the Arts speaks with Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Knotz from Philanthropy Northwest about creating the Momentum Fellowship, a regional program designed to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities for successful careers in the philanthropic sector.

Advice to Strengthen Nonprofit Mergers and Collaborations (Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits)
The Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits was created to demonstrate how strategic mergers and collaborations can help nonprofits pursue their missions. The Fund’s new report, Advice to Strengthen Strategic Mergers and Collaborations, captures knowledge and experience gained from five years of work with more than 80 Boston-area nonprofits. It includes “four truths of nonprofit collaborations” as well as step-by-step guidance for nonprofits, and reflections from funders on support for this work.

“Billion Dollar Bets” to Create Economic Opportunity for Every American (Bridgespan)
The American Dream—the notion that if you “work hard and play by the rules,” you will improve your lot in life—has become impossible for Americans to achieve. Drawing from an extensive research base—as well as dozens of interviews with experts and practitioners and the diverse perspectives of an advisory board—a Bridgespan team embarked on an effort to map out “what matters most” to increase upward economic mobility for millions of low-income Americans. They framed their research around this question: “How could a philanthropic investment of $1 billion dramatically increase upward social mobility for low-income individuals and families?”

The Choir Book: A Framework for Social Justice Philanthropy (Bay Area Justice Funders Network)
Using this framework, BAJFN invites funders to join a “choir” of foundations with shared social justice strategy and coordinated impact. The framework includes values, competencies, and practices for grantmakers and illustrates steps that funders can take at each stage of their grant cycle.

Giving Forum Spring 2016- Impact: Grantmakers Building Relationships with New Communities (Minnesota Council on Foundations)
The first issue of the redesigned magazine focuses on a look at the relationships between immigrant populations, funders and the communities they share; what well-designed philanthropy can do for you; the making of an oral history project; and cultural revitalization, education advancement and entrepreneurial effort through endowment.

Fast Forward Podcast: Featuring Ballinger Leafblad (Minnesota Council on Foundations)
With decades of experience in the civic sector, Marcia Ballinger and Lars Leafblad work with foundations, nonprofits, and higher ed institutions to help them make important decisions about leadership hires. In this episode of the podcast, Ballinger and Leafblad talk about what organizations need to think about when recruiting new leadership and how they can pull in various stakeholders.

Social Genome Model Analysis of the Bridgespan Group’s Billion-Dollar Bets to Improve Social Mobility (Urban Institute)
This paper describes the analytic work the authors undertook to support a broader research and engagement effort led by the Bridgespan Group around developing a set of big bets, or strategic investments that philanthropic actors could make to improve social mobility. The paper provides a technical explanation for the projected impact of the bets, which we calculated using the Social Genome Model.

Big Issues, Many Questions (The Center for Effective Philanthropy)
What it takes for a foundation to be effective is difficult to master, yet timeless. At the same time, however, there are current trends that foundation leaders and boards must pay attention to if they want to be as effective as possible. In this essay, Big Issues, Many Questions, CEP President Phil Buchanan explores the five most pressing issues facing U.S. foundations in 2016. From growing dissatisfaction with the so-called establishment to embracing collaboration and aligned action, these are the trends that foundation CEOs and boards cannot overlook or ignore.

Improving the Odds: Seven Principles for Investing in Early Care and Education (FSG)
Recent research and advocacy efforts have led funders, politicians, and the business community to agree that the first years of a child’s life can determine the rest of their development. Across ideological divides, there is consensus that investing early makes sense—it helps children prepare for successful futures and creates a high return on investment of public dollars. FSG created this short guide, featuring examples and how-to’s based on our work with more than a dozen foundations working to make progress in the early care and education space. The guide highlights 7 principles to help funders understand and anticipate the challenges and opportunities of supporting early care and education, including practical advice.