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Grants Management Software for Community Foundations

Audio and materials developed by Council of Michigan Foundations to help Community Foundations select Grants Management Software, including the development of a functional requirement document, vendor comparison chart, staff survey, and lessons learned.

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A Compass in the Woods: Learning through Grantmaking to Improve Impact

Publication date: 
09/2010
This research into the state of philanthropic learning finds that foundations over-invest in stand-alone learning activities and publishing “lessons learned” at the end of a program.
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Your Toolkit for Successful Evaluations

This resource has been designed and assembled by the Macro International evaluation team with the support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as a starter kit to promote the integration of effective evaluation into grantmaker education programs.
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Community-based Philanthropy and the Knight Foundation Information Challenge

Publication date: 
05/2010

This report explores how, through the Knight Community Information Challenge, community and place-based foundations are incorporating community information needs into their work for the benefit of both their communities and foundation missions and strategies.

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PolicyWorks Starter Kit & Case Studies

The PolicyWorks Starter Kit has been created for use by the PolicyWorks Community of regional associations of grantmakers who have made a commitment to growing their capacity and increasing their work in government relations and public policy work.

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Rural Development Philanthropy Learning Network

Publication date: 
02/2009

The Rural Development Philanthropy Learning Network is a diverse group of community foundations and funds, and philanthropic and rural development organizations that exchange experience, knowledge and skills to increase rural assets and improve rural livelihood.

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Strengthening Democracy, Increasing Opportunities: Impacts of Advocacy, Organizing and Civic Engagement

Publication date: 
01/2009
This research documents how 15 nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles County and their allies leveraged foundation grants to secure nearly $91 of benefit for every dollar spent for Los Angeles citizens.
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Best Practices in Disaster Grantmaking: Lessons from the Gulf Coast

Publication date: 
04/2008
This comprehensive report shares the experiences of donors that provided funding following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and offers a blueprint for future philanthropic intervention following such disasters.

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