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New Releases Roundup: July 2021

Monday, August 2, 2021

Latest Releases From the FieldCheck out the latest resources from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from Council of Michigan Foundations, Philanthropy Ohio, Philanthropy Northwest | The Giving Practice, PEAK Grantmaking, Media Impact Funders, Virginia Funders Network, Fund the People, Candid | Human Rights Funders Network, Philanthropy Southwest, Council on Foundations, The Center for Effective Philanthropy, and PolicyLink | The Bridgespan Group. 

Member Resources

Analysis of Donor Advised Funds from a Community Foundation Perspective
Council of Michigan Foundations 
The first installment of the payout study research series. The study, done in partnership with the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, examines the payout rates of DAFs within the context of the philanthropic sector, specifically payout rates administered by Michigan community foundations. 

How Ohio Foundations Give
Philanthropy Ohio
Philanthropy Ohio has released a report detailing giving by Ohio foundations, noting a seven percent increase between 2017 and 2018. Foundation assets remained flat during this same time period.

Journeys in Building Community Philanthropy: How an Eight-year Initiative is Changing People, Organizations and Communities
Philanthropy Northwest | The Giving Practice 
Philanthropy Northwest and The Giving Practice released a report that captures the impacts and experiences of part one of the Building Community Philanthropy (BCP) initiative: eight years of convening, reflection, peer support, continuous learning, community engagement and challenging conventional wisdom to center community for better philanthropy across Washington state. 

Career Journeys in Philanthropy
PEAK Grantmaking
PEAK Grantmaking has released issue 18 of its journal, this time celebrating the journeys of accidental technologists and process pioneers who led critical, formative work to make grantmaking more efficient, more effective, and ultimately, more equitable.

Community Foundations & Media: Funding Data from 2009-2021
Media Impact Funders
This new report, produced by Media Impact Funders, with support from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, shows that while the bulk of giving across many media types is concentrated to just a handful of community foundations, the scope of giving today is an encouraging sign that community foundations are recognizing the importance of supporting media as part of a larger strategy to build and sustain healthy communities.

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Toolkit for Virginia Funders 
Virginia Funders Network
Virginia Funders Network has released a toolkit and resource guide designed to help funders across Virginia engage in the strategic allocation, distribution, and use of ARPA funds in their local communities.  

Talent Matters Remix
Fund the People 
Fund the People, in partnership with ProInspire, has released a three-part podcast series, hosted by Monisha Kapila, founder and co-CEO of ProInspire and Fund the People’s Rusty Stahl. The series revisits Talent Matters, a 2014-2015 series of essays on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog to examine the seismic changes in politics, economy, society and the nonprofit sector and philanthropy, since 2014. 

Advancing Human Rights: Annual Review of Global Foundation Grantmaking – 2018 Key Findings
Candid | Human Rights Funders Network 
Candid and Human Rights Funders Network have released a new analysis of the human rights funding landscape to examine ways for which recent events make 2018 feel like a world away. The report offers a trajectory of the trends that helps identify places where philanthropy can better meet the needs of human rights movements around the world. 

Survey Snapshot of U.S. Southwest Philanthropic Response to The Events of 2020
Philanthropy Southwest 
Philanthropy Southwest partnered with University of Texas RGK Center CONNECT Program in conducting a brief survey to understand how member foundations responded to the crises of 2020. The study included 100 randomly selected member foundations across the Southwest region in five states. 

Council on Foundations Launches Strategic Direction for Supporting Members And Philanthropic Community
Council on Foundations
The Council on Foundations just launched a new 20-year strategic direction for supporting its members and the broader philanthropic community. Elements of the strategy include supporting the field to consistently operate in ethical, equitable and values-aligned ways; expanding the philanthropic leadership table; making collaboration the new standard of practice; ensuring that both federal and global environments are conducive to philanthropy; and helping more people see themselves as part of philanthropy.

CEP Updates Its Definition of Philanthropic Effectiveness
The Center for Effective Philanthropy 
CEP introduces the following four mutually reinforcing elements: 1. Goals — what you seek to achieve; 2. Strategies — the ways in which you work to achieve your goals; 3. Implementation — what you do; and 4. Assessment and Learning — how you know you’re doing the work effectively.  

Non-Member Resources

Moving from Intention to Impact: Funding Racial Equity to Win
PolicyLink | The Bridgespan Group
This joint PolicyLink-Bridgespan analysis says funders are a key part of the racial equity ecosystem: to benefit the entire nation they should both be transparent in reporting where grants go and fund what movement leaders say is needed to achieve enduring change.