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Latest Releases from the Field- Late March 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Check out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from The Center for Effective Philanthropy, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, and Manhattan Institute.

A Date Certain: Lessons from Limited Life Foundations
The Center for Effective Philanthropy

This report illustrates the ways in which limited life foundations approach spending down in nine key areas, including investing, grantmaking and strategy, and communications. The research shows that most leaders of limited life foundations choose to spend down because of the belief that it will lead to greater impact. And though these foundations’ leaders wrestle with a similar set of issues in their work, interviews revealed that there is no one way to spend down.

Co-Creation: The Public Sector Perspective
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy

The third and final paper in a series exploring the public-private partnership undertaken by the Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and the State of Connecticut. It shows how those working within the public sector—specifically in the State of Connecticut—in forged new working relationships with the philanthropic community. The series examines an emerging systems change collaboration model which grew out of a funder-and-state partnership. This unique partnership led to the creation by executive order of a new and independent Office of Early Childhood, which was formally approved by the Connecticut State Legislature in 2013.

When Policy-Oriented Foundations Sunset 
Manhattan Institute

This paper reports on the extent of time limitation, or “sunsetting,” by philanthropic foundations that support public-policy research. Specifically, it examines 64 U.S. foundations that have a record for funding research aimed at influencing public policy, focusing on the period 2000–2015.