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New Releases Roundup: May 2019

Monday, June 3, 2019

Latest Releases From the FieldCheck out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group, Candid, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Fund for Shared Insight, Maine Philanthropy Center, Media Impact Funders, Peace and Security Funders Group, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, Race to Lead, The Foundation Review, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Our Members

Women in Conservation in Africa: Conversation With Fiesta Warinwa & DIdi Wamukoya
Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group 
In its latest podcast, AGAG Executive Director Niamani Mutima talks with Fiesta Warinwa and Didi Wamukoya about their work with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). Fiesta and Didi discuss their respective roles including working with the African Union and individual countries to develop conservation policies and the impact of the training received by wildlife enforcement officers. They also discuss the important role that women play, especially those living in the communities near the conservation sites, the challenges they face and the impact they make.

Learning in Philanthropy: A Guidebook
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
This guide provides a solid basis for thinking and talking about the next steps in your organization’s learning work. It is designed to serve as a resource to help grantmakers answer critical learning questions and embed learning more deeply into the day-to-day work and cultures of their organizations.

2019 “Giving in Maine” Report
Maine Philanthropy Center
In its most recent regional giving study, Maine Philanthropy Center shares an annual snapshot of giving in Maine. In FY2017, there were more than 360 private and community foundations based in Maine who held more than $3 billion in assets and gave more than $180 million in charitable grants throughout the world. Giving by these foundations made up 24% of all charitable giving in Maine in 2017.

Radio & Audio Grantmaking: Reaching New Audiences Through Old Platforms
Media Impact Funders
Both radio and audio are being used in exciting ways to reach new audiences, spark civic engagement and dialogue across diverse communities, examine science and advance disability education, and much more. Radio, in particular, is garnering significant support from philanthropy across a range of programming themes. While perhaps considered a less dynamic media format in recent years, compared to extraordinary growth in web- and mobile-based media grantmaking, funding data tell a different story. Radio receives a significant share of philanthropic funding, particularly when compared to television and film and video.

Peace & Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking
Peace and Security Funders Group & Candid
The latest edition of this study found global philanthropic support for efforts to prevent, mitigate and resolve conflicts totaled $328.2 million in 2016 from 326 foundations and 2,600 grants. Funding for peace and security remains insignificant relative to foundation funding overall, accounting for just 0.7 percent of the $32 billion given by foundations in Candid's 2016 FC 1000 data set.

Language Perception Project
Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement
In late 2018, PACE undertook a research effort to better understand the perceptions of language our field uses to describe civic engagement and democracy work. In other words, when we say “civic engagement” or “democracy” or “patriotism,” “activism,” or “justice” to most Americans, what do they hear? And what does it mean to them? The research illuminated a great deal about Americans’ relationship to civic language. A central goal of this effort was to spark conversation—both about what we heard, and how the findings might inform the work of practitioners. In addition to sharing their findings, PACE has also shared a group discussion guide.

Grantmaking with a Racial Justice Lens: An Introduction
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity
In the 12 years since the original Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens guide was published the country’s political, economic, and cultural landscapes have undergone multiple, dramatic changes. Public engagement and organizing against racism has risen to historic levels and we've seen racial justice concepts take root in such mainstream contexts as Washington Post articles on White privilege and wider use of the phrase “systemic racism.” And funders have worked hard to keep up. In response to these conditions, PRE has produced an updated guide. The daily practice of using a racial equity lens in social change as well as in grantmaking has established a baseline understanding of structural racism and has led to new insights, definitions, and nuances.

The Field

U.S Household Disaster Giving Report
Center for Disaster Philanthropy
In 2017 and 2018, the U.S. experienced the first and fourth most costly years of major natural disasters on record. In the two years combined, the country was affected by 30 natural disasters that each caused more than $1 billion in damage. After a major disaster occurs, individuals usually respond quickly with an outpouring of generosity. Much, however, remains unknown about the patterns, preferences and practices of individuals’ charitable giving for disaster aid efforts.

Landscape Scan: Meaningfully Connecting with Communities in Advocacy and Policy Work
Fund for Shared Insight
Since its start, Listen4Good has focused on helping direct-service organizations build high-quality, client-centered feedback loops that can lead to positive changes in programs, services, and organizational culture. But even as L4G continues to grow, Fund for Shared Insight recognizes that the program — with survey work and the Net Promoter System at its core — may be less useful to groups that don’t provide direct services to clients, such as those working on advocacy and policy change. For that reason, Shared Insight commissioned the Aspen Institute’s Planning and Evaluation Program to conduct a landscape scan, exploring whether and how U.S. funders and nonprofits focused on advocacy and policy seek to meaningfully connect with the people and communities their work is intended to benefit.

Nonprofits Executives and The Racial Leadership Gap
Race to Lead
This brief shifts focus to those who have already reached positions as nonprofit EDs and CEOs to explore how nonprofit executives grapple with the real-world demands of leadership when they attain it. The survey data and insights shared through interviews and focus groups highlight key areas where the pressures of executive leadership seem to be increased for people of color. Despite these challenges, nonprofit EDs and CEOs demonstrate remarkable determination and resilience.

Foundation Learning Volume 11, Issue 1 (2019)
The Foundation Review
This issue highlights the strategies that foundations can use to ensure more accountability in regards to grantmaking, building a culture of learning, development of leadership, and the use of reflective practice methods. In addition to the strategies, this issue also provides case studies to give examples of how foundations and grantmakers navigated through embracing changes within their organization. 

Evaluation Principles and Practices, A Guide to Evaluation at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The purpose of this document is to provide a refreshed description of our philosophy, purpose, and expectations specifically regarding evaluation at the Hewlett Foundation; to clarify staff roles, and to outline available support. Although the foundation’s programs and initiatives differ widely, our evaluation principles and guidance for practice apply to all of them. The principles described in the original version of this paper are enduring, but this version of the paper includes additional details, as well as updated sections on practice—with new examples and refined guidance.