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Latest Releases From the Field- September 2018

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Check out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from Funders for Justice, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, GuideStar, Northern California Grantmakers and Minnesota Council on Foundations.

From Our Members

Divest/Invest: From Criminalization to Thriving Communities
Funders for Justice, a program of Neighborhood Funders Group
Funders for Justice has created this new online toolkit for funders because they believe that our collective investments in housing, education, health, transportation, food security and jobs will fail if we do not also proactively work to divest this nation’s resources from criminalization. It is an organizing tool for grantmakers, donors and funder affinity groups to help the philanthropic sector address mass criminalization.

Get on the Balcony: How Grantmakers Can Ignite Change
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
In a continually changing world with emerging challenges and opportunities, grantmakers must be prepared to tackle the most pressing issues that our communities face, in authentic partnership with nonprofits. To do this, we need to be open to working in new and different ways and committed to examining our organizations to figure out how we need to show up and operate differently to enable systemic change. This publication is for those who are not yet sure what change needs to be made to address the challenges they face. This publication seeks to offer some helpful approaches for jump-starting a change initiative, drawn from the reflections of GEO members who have been tasked with assessing challenges and cultivating the conditions for a productive change process.

Fast Forward Podcast: BEtter OUTcomes Initiative
Minnesota Council on Foundations
Anil Hurkadli and Trina Olson return to the latest episode of MCF's Fast Forward podcast to discuss the current relationship between Minnesota's philanthropic community and Minnesota's LGBTQIA+ communities. They talk about their ongoing work on the BEtter OUTcomes Initiative. The BEtter OUTcomes Initiative is a multi-year philanthropic movement to increase funding to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, Two-Spirit and allied people and groups as well as strengthen better philanthropic practices for grantmakers based in Minnesota. 

North Bay Fires and the Arts, One Year Later
Northern California Grantmakers
This new report examines the effects of the 2017 North Bay Fires on the arts communities in three counties. It finds that artists have been profoundly impacted by the fires, due to physical and economic loss as well as emotional trauma, with the impact of the fires disproportionately felt among arts organizations serving communities of color in the region.

From the Field

Entrepreneurs as Philanthropists
Fidelity Charitable
The latest study from Fidelity finds that entrepreneurs donate more to charity on average than non-business owners. The study focuses on the overall giving habits and priorities of entrepreneurs. As further evidence of entrepreneurs' commitment to giving back, the study found they also spend more time volunteering, with 66 percent volunteering three or more hours per month, compared with 55 percent by other donors. They are also more likely to contribute skills relevant to their expertise in business, such as professional services, helping with fundraising, and serving on boards or committees.

2018 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report
The latest edition of this report is now available. It is the only large-scale nonprofit compensation analysis based entirely on IRS data and allows you to research compensation across the nonprofit sector.