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Latest Releases from the Field- Late April 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Check out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from PACE, Grantmakers in Aging, Philanthropy Northwest, The Center for Effective Philanthropy, National Center for Family Philanthropy, FSG, Neighborworks and Foundation Center and the Peace and Security Funders Group.

Civic Engagement Primer
Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE)

This resource is designed to help philanthropies assess their civic engagement understanding and interest, and help them along their civic engagement journeys. Philanthropies will have a foundational understanding of civic engagement philanthropy, know if pursuing civic engagement philanthropy might be right for them, and have resources at their fingertips to share with colleagues and explore further.

New Frontiers for Funding: An Introduction to Rural Aging
Grantmakers in Aging

This introductory document will help acquaint funders, elected officials, nonprofits, government agencies, civic organizations, and residents with the possibilities for forging constructive partnerships and improving the experience of rural aging. 

Trends in Northwest Giving 2017
Philanthropy Northwest
The sixth edition of Philanthropy Northwest's biennial report on grantmaking trends in its six-state region - Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. This year's report is released in collaboration with Foundation Center. Some key findings include: grantmaking in the region jumped more than 40% between 2012 and 2014, a complete reversal of the recession-related declines reported in the last two editions of this report; health is now the issue area receiving the largest share of philanthropic dollars in the Northwest, followed by education; and funding for Alaska Native and Native American communities in the region accounted for 25% of the grant funding to Native populations nationwide.

Shifting Winds: Foundations Respond to a New Political Context
The Center for Effective Philanthropy

In the time since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, questions have been repeatedly asked about what is changing for foundations and their work in a different political context. In response, CEP surveyed foundation leaders between February 21 and March 10, 2017 about their reactions to the shift in presidential administrations, and the degree to which they were making changes as a result. Based on survey responses from 162 CEOs of U.S. independent and community foundations making at least $5 million in grants annually, the report reveals that the reactions and responses of U.S. foundations to the shift in national political context vary widely, but most foundations are changing their practices or shifting their emphases.

Splendid Legacy 2: Creating and Re-Creating Your Family Foundation
National Center for Family Philanthropy

Filled with advice and resources from the field’s foremost experts in family philanthropy, Splendid Legacy 2 is an essential guide for a family that is looking to build a philanthropic legacy, as well as for advisors and others interested in understanding this special philanthropic vehicle. 

Peace and Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking
Foundation Center and the Peace and Security Funders Group

Global philanthropic support for efforts to prevent, mitigate, and resolve conflicts totaled $357 million in 2014, up significantly from $283 million in 2013 according to a new study by the Peace and Security Funders Group and Foundation Center finds. The latest edition looks at 290 foundations who awarded nearly 2,800 grants to more than 1,800 nongovernmental organizations in 2014 in support of a range of peace and security efforts, from tackling piracy to building an "underground railroad" for women escaping ISIS. The $357 million total was just a fraction, however, of the roughly $2.7 billion that foundations awarded for human rights and less than 1 percent of total foundation giving in 2014.

How to Lead Collective Impact Working Groups: A Comprehensive Toolkit

Built on experience with numerous Working Groups, this kit provides detailed tools, templates, and tips. From increasing membership and community engagement to planning and running effective meetings, you will find strategic and tactical resources to help them contribute to a successful initiative. Toolkit includes: meeting planning steps, a meeting agenda template, and follow-up email templates.

Turning the Tide on Persistent Rural Poverty: Blueprint for a Path Forward 
NeighborWorks America

This report found high rates of persistent poverty in rural areas, primarily Appalachia, Indian country, the Mississippi Delta, and colonias in the Rio Grande Valley. Factors contributing to the prevalence of persistent poverty in rural areas include population loss due to out-migration, lack of accessible transportation and other vital infrastructure, and reliance on resource extraction. In addition, many rural communities lack services and community development resources; receive limited federal and philanthropic funding, in part due to mandated matching funds that smaller, less well-resourced organizations have difficulty raising; structural bias; a sense of hopelessness; and, in the case of Native-American communities, legal restrictions that hamper business transactions such as collateralizing business loans or home mortgages using trust land. To address persistent poverty in rural areas, the report calls on business, government, and philanthropy to increase the supply of consumer banking services and partnerships with community development financial institutions in rural markets; provide broadband connections, training, and equipment more deeply into rural communities; and boost commercial lending to grow small businesses and encourage local entrepreneurship.