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Latest Releases From the Field- Late April 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Check out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from The Giving Practice, FSG, GrantCraft, Minnesota Council on Foundations, Open Road Alliance, and Council on Foundations, Independent Sector and Nonprofit VOTE. 

Our Members

Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture
Equity in the Center
This publication is the culmination of the Equity in the Center's research, which illustrates in detail how organizations can move through the Race Equity Cycle by activating specific organizational levers. Awake to Wokr to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture provides insights, tactics, and practices social sector organizations can and have used to measurably shift organizational cuture, operationalize equity, and move from a dominant organizational culture to a Race Equity Culture.

2015-2016 Global Resources Report: Philanthropic and Government Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities
Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Global Philanthropy Project
A comprehensive report on the state of foundation and government funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) issues, this report captures data on 12,964 grants awarded by 511 foundations, intermediaries, and corporations and by 15 government and multilateral agencies over the two-year period of 2015-2016. It provides detailed data on the distribution of LGBTI funding by geography, issue, strategy, and population focus, offering a tool for identifying trends, gaps, and opportunities in the rapidly changing landscape of LGBTI funding. Comparing the 2015-16 versus 2013-14 data, they track a 35% increase in number of reported grants and show that global LGBTI funding grew by 23%, or $100 million (USD), in total grant amount. 

Philanthropy's Reflective Practices- Build What You Bring to the Work
The Giving Practice - Philanthropy Northwest's consulting firm
How do skilled philanthropy practitioners navigate challenging situations in their work to get to meaningful connections and good outcomes? Interviews with dozens of them reveal a common ingredient: they each use reflective practices to help them observe, make sense of and adjust their behaviors. This new guide focuses on four of these practices.

All Together: GIA’s Comprehensive Guide to Funding in Aging
Grantmakers in Aging
As more people than ever live longer and healthier lives, it’s more important than ever to consider aging as part of existing or new initiatives in your funding portfolio. Whether your primary interest is in children, youth, and families, community development, arts and culture, or any of a broad array of funding areas, older adults can significantly increase your grantmaking’s impact and results. From intergenerational educational programs, to supports for family caregivers, to accessible and affordable transportation options, improving the lives of older people and increasing their opportunities to contribute will nurture our families, energize our workplaces, and strengthen our communities. This guide is a practical introduction to how to include the rich and diverse field of aging in your grantmaking.

Giving Forum Spring 2018: Disruption- How Does Our Sector Make Disruptive and Necessary Changes?
Minnesota Council on Foundations
The latest issue of MCF's magazine features the theme of disruption. Articles include a focus on the McKnight Foundation's use of the Intercultural Development Inventory to better its DEI work, a threat to global affairs, and the role of philanthropy plays in an interconnected world and MCF President Trista Harris on the best way for foundations to make disruptive and necessary changes

The Field

The Business Case for Racial Equity
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
By 2050, more than half of U.S. workers and consumers will be people of color. Investing in their success will create a stronger and more prosperous future for all. In partnership with Altarum, the Kellogg foundation released a new national Business Case for Racial Equity report. It makes a compelling economic argument for the social justice imperative of racial equity.

Voter Engagement Toolkit
Council on Foundations, Independent Sector and Nonprofit VOTE
Each tooklit - the Voter Engagement Toolkit for Community Foundations and the Voter Engagement Toolkit for Private Foundations - provides a set of comprehensive practical tools and resources for foundations looking to support nonpartisan voter engagement activities in their programs or grantmaking. The toolkits take a deep dive into four strategies – Communications, Nonprofit Trainings and Funder Collaborations, Language in Grant Agreements and RFPs, and Voter Engagement Grantmaking – as well as Policy and Research for Candidate Education. In addition to these guides, there are over 20 case studies of diverse nonprofits across the nation (from Texas and Colorado to Michigan, Georgia, and New Jersey, etc.) that highlight these strategies that go from hypothetical to successfully executed.

Being the Change: 12 Ways Foundations Are Transforming Themselves to Transform Their Impact
Many foundations are adopting new approaches for creating social change—approaches that aim to influence the actions and investments of the public and private sector, as well as address the complex conditions that hold social problems in place. Based on interviews with 114 practitioners representing 50 foundations and 8 philanthropy-serving organizations, this report explores how foundations are applying their assets, knowledge, skills, networks and people in new ways in order to create impact at scale and change systems.

From Words to Action: A Practical Philanthropic Guide to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
As communities worldwide are becoming more diverse, they are increasingly tackling the realities of systemic inequity. Philanthropy too must acknowledge its place in the context of transformative demographic changes. Addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has been an ongoing challenge within philanthropy, and while there has been progress, it requires continual work. This GrantCraft leadership series paper by Barbara Chow dives into those challenges and opportunities to explore how DEI can become more integrated into grantmaking practices and broader foundation ethos.

How Community Philanthropy Shifts Power: What Donors Can Do to Help Make That Happen
While slogans like “think globally, act locally” have been around for decades, so much decision making about philanthropy and development aid still happens by stakeholders outside of affected communities. This GrantCraft Leadership Series paper by Jenny Hodgson and Anna Pond focuses on how funders around the globe are challenging this norm by sharing and shifting power into the hands of local leadership. It explores examples, advice and the driving questions for donors interested in producing people-owned changes, without losing sight of their institutional interests.

Roadblock Analysis Report
Open Road Alliance
In 2017, Open Road conducted an analysis of 102 applications from the past five years to assess trends in its portfolio. The analysis looked at multiple variables, including the size of the organization, project type, sector focus, geographic focus, legal status and type of original funder. The analysis also coded each application under a taxonomy of “roadblocks” that describe 22 specific challenges that these organizations faced, divided into three broad categories: Organization Misfortune, Acts of God/Market Economics and Funder-Created Obstacles.