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Recent Releases from the Field: June Part 1

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Check out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring reports from Innovation Network, FSG, Minnesota Council on Foundations, Idealware, Grants Managers Network, and Technology Affinity Group.

Advocacy, Politics, & Philanthropy: A Reflection on a Decade of Immigration Reform Advocacy (Innovation Network)
This report examines the impact and shares lessons from Atlantic Philanthropie’s $70.3 million effort between 2004 and 2014 to reform the U.S. immigration system. One of the report’s conclusions is that advocates “learned how to work together, and are on a trajectory of increasingly sophisticated, coordinated, and impactful advocacy at the local, state and national levels.”

Evaluating Ecosystem Investments (FSG)
More foundations are embracing systems change as a component of their strategy. As a result, there is a growing desire in major philanthropic circles to evaluate the effects of investments aimed at creating system-level change such as research, policy advocacy, networking, and more. In partnership with Omidyar Network, FSG has identified 5 effective practices in evaluating ecosystem investments and highlights examples of these practices in action.

Fast Forward: Carolyn Link (Minnesota Council on Foundations)
"We're trying to get the funding closest to the people who are most impacted by these social and economic issues." On this episode, Carolyn, Executive Director for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, talks about changes to a grant application process and how it can alter who you're welcoming in and how funder/fundee collaborations are perceived. 

A Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems: 2016 Edition (Idealware, Grants Managers Network, Technology Affinity Group)
This in-depth report has been expanded for 2016 to look at the features and processes used by more than 30 grants management system. It compares the strengths and weaknesses of these different grants management packages to see how they stack up against industry standards.