NMAG NewsPhilanthropy Reports and Resources

October 31, 2016 – 

Annie E. Casey Foundation Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide, Embracing Equity: 7 Steps to Advance and Embed Race Equity and Inclusion within your Organization.

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) and Center for Evaluation Innovation (CEI) have released a new research report titled Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices represents the most comprehensive data collection effort to date on evaluation practices at foundations. 

Ford Foundation President Darren Walker talks in this video with SSIR Senior Editor Michael Slind about what organizations like his can do to address inequality.

The Forum and Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP) has made available the webinar titled Census 2020: Why Philanthropy Counts features a conversation about why the census matters and the role that philanthropy can play in ensuring a fair and accurate count. 

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is collecting equity resources on their website including the following reports:

Philanthropy Southwest has just released the 2016 Giving Study of Private and Community Foundations in the Southwest that covers seven states. Included in the study are Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

The Pluralist Commonwealth…A vision of what’s next from Gar Alperovitzo Video: Historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz offers an animated view of what a next system grounded in democratized ownership of the economy and real sustainability would look like.

The TCC Group recently launched a new, self-assessment learning tool titled the Foundation Core Capacity Assessment Tool (FCCAT) — that measures capacities critical for foundation effectiveness across a wide variety of foundation contexts and types.

New #StandForYourMission Resources Help Foundation Boards Engage in Advocacy
The Forum has worked with BoardSource to develop several new resources designed to help foundation boards get involved in advocacy, as part of our involvement in the STAND FOR YOUR MISSION campaign:  

  • Foundation Board Discussion Guide on Advocacy: This practical guide is designed to help foundation boards think through the different ways they can engage in advocacy to help achieve their missions. It outlines the potential advocacy roles for foundations and offers a five-step guide to start foundation board conversations on advocacy. Erin Skene-Pratt, the Forum’s Policy Consultant, took the lead in drafting this guide, which she previewed in draft form at a session at the Forum’s annual conference in July.
  • Video Testimonials on Foundation Advocacy: The Forum also worked with BoardSource on two video testimonials that tell the stories of two foundations’ journeys toward greater engagement in advocacy: the Baptist Healing Trust and the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. These are great, short testimonials that would be ideal to share as a stimulus for a board conversation around the discussion guide.
  • “Billion Dollar Bets” to Decrease Over-Criminalization (The Bridgespan Group)
    This concept paper, part of Bridgespan’s research for “Billion Dollar Bets” to Create Economic Opportunity for Every American, looks at how philanthropists could help decrease over-criminalization, focusing on those populations that most acutely feel the burden: low-income communities of color.
  • Giving in Numbers: 2016 Edition (CECP & The Conference Board)
    This report not only presents a profile of corporate philanthropy and employee engagement in 2015, but also includes a Trends Summary that highlights the prominent features of corporate societal investment.
  • The Future of Philanthropy: Where Individual Giving is Going (Fidelity Charitable)
    How are key trends in philanthropy actually impacting individual donors? Are donors confident that giving can solve problems important to them? Based on a survey of more than 3,200 people who itemize charitable giving on their tax returns, this report explores how donors’ personal giving has evolved and what the future of philanthropy might look like based on changing perceptions and generational shifts.
  • Model Partnerships for Impact: The Cricket Island Foundation and Communities United (Independent Sector)
    The latest release in a series of eight case studies – called “Model Partnerships for Impact” – that showcase a grantee and funder pair who exemplify healthy relationships and illuminate the practices and behaviors that contribute to a positive power dynamic. In this case, the focus on learning, rather than achieving pre-determined metrics, catalyzed both organizations to have deeper impact in communities.