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Recent Releases from the Field: May Part 1

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Check out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring releases from Guidestar, Exponent Partners, GEO, Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, The Center for Effective Philanthropy, and FSG.

Data-Driven Funders: In Search of Insights (Guidestar and Exponent Partners)
This report looks at how leading grantmakers are tackling the transition from compliance reporting to performance management. It includes representatives from the field who identify barriers to data-driven funding, descrive how their organizations are using technology to overcome these obstacles, and suggest how other funders can follow their lead.

Change Incubator (GEO)
To support creating stronger relationships with your grantees, GEO has developed a new microsite to share lessons learned. Visit the site for insights, inspiration and key resources on the outsized impact that strong relationships can have on your work.

Women & Wealth: Insights for Grantmakers (Asset Funders Network)
This new grantmaker brief examines the causes and dimensions of the women's wealth gap and provides recommendations and best practices for grantmakers to reduce the women's wealth gap and improve women's access to the wealth escalator.

Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund Final Report: The Launch, Learnings and Impact of a Local Disaster Response Organization (Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund)
In the three years after Superstorm Sandy slammed parts of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund disbursed a total of $37.8 million to a hundred and nine nonprofit organizations across the state. This report offers recommendations with respect to disaster relief grantmaking, including the importance of building grantee capacity, documenting outcomes and lessons learned, and seeking feedback from a broad range of constituents and stakeholders.

Big Issues, Many Questions (The Center for Effective Philanthropy)
What it takes for a foundation to be effective is difficult to master, yet timeless. At the same time, however, there are current trends that foundation leaders and boards must pay attention to if they want to be as effective as possible. In this essay, Big Issues, Many Questions, CEP President Phil Buchanan explores the five most pressing issues facing U.S. foundations in 2016. From growing dissatisfaction with the so-called establishment to embracing collaboration and aligned action, these are the trends that foundation CEOs and boards cannot overlook or ignore.

Improving the Odds: Seven Principles for Investing in Early Care and Education (FSG)
Recent research and advocacy efforts have led funders, politicians, and the business community to agree that the first years of a child’s life can determine the rest of their development. Across ideological divides, there is consensus that investing early makes sense—it helps children prepare for successful futures and creates a high return on investment of public dollars. FSG created this short guide, featuring examples and how-to’s based on our work with more than a dozen foundations working to make progress in the early care and education space. The guide highlights 7 principles to help funders understand and anticipate the challenges and opportunities of supporting early care and education, including practical advice. 


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