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Latest Releases from the Field- Early November 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Check out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from The Center for Effective Philanthropy; Collective Giving Research Group; Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers; Idealware, PEAK Grantmaking and Technology Affinity Group; and CECP and The Conference Board.

From Our Members

Consumers Guide to Integrated Systems for Community Foundations
Idealware, PEAK Grantmaking, Technology Affinity Group 

Community foundations have different needs than private or corporate foundations. The software to meet them is different, too. But because those needs are so wide-ranging—not just making grants, but soliciting donations, managing investments, awarding scholarships, and protecting donors’ funds—it’s difficult to find one system that does everything. In this edition, eight software packages are reviewed and compared to see how they meet the specific needs of community foundations.

Our Region, Our Giving 2017: Giving in the Greater Washington Region
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

The 2017 edition of Our Region, Our Giving takes a look at WRAG member giving in the Greater Washington region in 2016. This snapshot represents over $146 million in giving to nonprofit organizations that serve the region and over $3.5 billion in assets. This year’s report also takes a close look at a particular tool in the philanthropic toolbox: advocacy. Fifty percent of survey takers reported making grants to advocacy organizations and over 40 percent reported that they try to build relationships with policymakers and to educate them on issues of importance to their foundations.

Relationships Matter: Program Officers, Grantees, and the Keys to Success
The Center for Effective Philanthropy

CEP's latest report sheds light on what constitutes a strong funder–grantee relationship, what nonprofits say it takes for funders to foster such relationships and the crucial role that program officers play in the equation. It finds that in the eyes of nonprofits, the most powerful ways that funders can strengthen their relationships with grantees are to: 1) focus on understanding grantee organizations and the context in which they work; and 2) be transparent with grantees. 

From Others in the Field

Giving in Numbers 2017: 2017 Edition
CECP and The Conference Board

The latest issue of this annual report provides in-depth analysis of more than 200 of the world's largest corporations. The publication found that between 2014 and 2016 the median total giving among all companies in the survey rose by 2.3%, companies are distributing fewer but larger grants, and that companies are more frequently measuring outcomes to assess the societal impact of corporate initiatives. 

The Landscape of Giving Circles / Collective Giving Groups in the U.S.
Collective Giving Research Group

This research presents the first updated understanding of the current landscape of giving circles and similar models of collective giving or giving collaboratives in the United States in over 10 years. 

The State of Giving Circles Today: Overview of New Research Findings from a Three-Part Study
Collective Giving Research Group

Top 10 findings from this three-part study of giving circles, their impact and their relationship with their hosting organizations significantly updates our understanding of the current scope, scale and significance of giving circles and other models of collective giving in the U.S. Additionally, this study deepens our understanding of the impact of participation in giving circles on donors’ giving and civic engagement and offers actionable information related to the relationships between giving circles and their hosting organizations.