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Recent Releases from the Field: May Part 2

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Check out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring releases from Grantmakers in the Arts, Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits, Bridgespan, International Human Rights Funders Group, Ariadna, European Foundation Center, Bay Area Justice Funders Group, Minnesota Council on Foundations, and Urban Institute. 

Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Katz on Creating the Momentum Fellowship (Grantmakers in the Arts)

Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Knotz on Creating the Momentum Fellowship (Grantmakers in the Arts) Grantmakers in the Arts speaks with Audrey Haberman and Sindhu Knotz from Philanthropy Northwest about creating the Momentum Fellowship, a regional program designed to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities for successful careers in the philanthropic sector.

Advice to Strengthen Nonprofit Mergers and Collaborations (Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits)

The Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits was created to demonstrate how strategic mergers and collaborations can help nonprofits pursue their missions. The Fund's new report, Advice to Strengthen Strategic Mergers and Collaborations, captures knowledge and experience gained from five years of work with more than 80 Boston-area nonprofits. It includes "four truths of nonprofit collaborations" as well as step-by-step guidance for nonprofits, and reflections from funders on support for this work.

"Billion Dollar Bets" to Create Economic Opportunity for Every American (Bridgespan)

The American Dream—the notion that if you "work hard and play by the rules," you will improve your lot in life—has become impossible for Americans to achieve. Drawing from an extensive research base—as well as dozens of interviews with experts and practitioners and the diverse perspectives of an advisory board—a Bridgespan team embarked on an effort to map out "what matters most" to increase upward economic mobility for millions of low-income Americans. They framed their research around this question: "How could a philanthropic investment of $1 billion dramatically increase upward social mobility for low-income individuals and families?"

Challenging the Closing Space for Civil Society: A Practical Starting Point for Funders (International Human Rights Funders Group, Ariadna, European Foundation Center)

IHRFG, together with their partners at Ariadne and the European Foundation Center, has launched Challenging the Closing Space for Civil Society, a starting point for funders to work together to contest the closing space for civil society. This report provides analyses, case studies, and practical actions for funders across sectors to support civil society and counter this trend. It lays out seven levers that funders can use to change the terms of the debate, from developing counter-narratives to building the long-term resilience of grantees.

The Choir Book: A Framework for Social Justice Philanthropy (Bay Area Justice Funders Network)

Using this framework, BAJFN invites funders to join a “choir” of foundations with shared social justice strategy and coordinated impact. The framework includes values, competencies, and practices for grantmakers and illustrates steps that funders can take at each stage of their grant cycle.

Giving Forum Spring 2016- Impact: Grantmakers Building Relationships with New Communities (Minnesota Council on Foundations)

The first issue of the redesigned magazine focuses on a look at the relationships between immigrant populations, funders and the communities they share; what well-designed philanthropy can do for you; the making of an oral history project; and cultural revitalization, education advancement and entrepreneurial effort through endowment.

Fast Forward Podcast: Featuring Ballinger Leafblad (Minnesota Council on Foundations)

With decades of experience in the civic sector, Marcia Ballinger and Lars Leafblad work with foundations, nonprofits, and higher ed institutions to help them make important decisions about leadership hires. In this episode of the podcast, Ballinger and Leafblad talk about what organizations need to think about when recruiting new leadership and how they can pull in various stakeholders.

Social Genome Model Analysis of the Bridgespan Group's Billion-Dollar Bets to Improve Social Mobility (Urban Institute)

This paper describes the analytic work the authors undertook to support a broader research and engagement effort led by the Bridgespan Group around developing a set of big bets, or strategic investments that philanthropic actors could make to improve social mobility. The paper provides a technical explanation for the projected impact of the bets, which we calculated using the Social Genome Model.