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Latest Releases from the Field- Early August 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Check out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from FoundationSource, Minnesota Council on Foundations, Foundation Center and Council on Foundations.

2017 Annual Report on Grantmaking
FoundationSource

The 2017 report provides an examination of the grantmaking behavior of FoudnationSource's clients in 2016 and 2015 including how much they gave in the aggregate, where they concentrated their giving, the popularity of “alternative donations” such as gifts to individuals and the timing of their gifts.

Detroit’s Grand Bargain: Philanthropy as a Catalyst for a Brighter Future
The USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy

This case study describes the uncommon role that philanthropy played in resolving Detroit’s bankruptcy crisis in 2013. Itfocuses on how foundations leveraged their dollars, networks and reputations to set the city on a course for a brighter future, offering lessons for bold philanthropic leadership. What became known as “Detroit’s Grand Bargain” was actually a complex set of agreements and commitments between a group of foundations with a stake in Detroit, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the State of Michigan and the city’s pensioners that raised $820 million in “new money,” leading to a resolution of the city’s bankruptcy in just 16 months.

Fast Forward: Mariam Noland 
Minnesota Council on Foundations

In MCF's latest podcast episode, Mariam Noland talks about starting the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan in 1984, building partnerships and relationships and the work of taking on Detroit's pension shortfall. She is the founding and long-time president of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and she built the organization from its founding to $780 million assets for the southeast Michigan metropolitan region, which includes the City of Detroit.

International Giving by U.S. Community Foundations: Local Communities with Global Reach
Foundation Center & Council on Foundations

This report examines the current state and recent trends in international giving and engagement by large U.S. community foundations. The first-ever analysis of this type suggests that many community foundations are beginning to adopt a broader, more nuanced definition of “community” than they have in the past. The report documents how funds channeled from U.S. community foundations support international programs and recipients and highlights five U.S. community foundations and their approaches to global engagement and international grantmaking. 

The State of Change: An Analysis of Women and People of Color in the Philanthropic Sector
Council on Foundations

This report examines the demographics of the philanthropic sector, looking back over the last five and ten years, with a specific focus on the representation of women and people of color. The data has been sourced from the Council’s Grantmaker Salary and Benefits Survey. This report raises a number of important questions about why there hasn’t been more change in the diversity of our institutions in recent years, despite the steps taken to create a more diverse and inclusive philanthropic sector. The report also includes a discussion guide designed to facilitate dialogues between foundation leaders, their board members and their staff.