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Top Ten Philanthropy Resources: February part 1

Friday, February 12, 2016

Our top ten philanthropy resources from around the sector including trends in philanthropy, developing a theory of philanthropy, providing general operating support grants, and storytelling in philanthropy.

  1. 10 Trends in Charitable Giving (Philanthropy Ohio)
    Suzanne Allen outlines ten new trends in philanthropy that are driving the facts we see in the latest philanthropy reports released at the New Year. 
  2. A Checkup on PRIs (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
    Margaret Laws reflects on California HealthCare Foundation’s 2010-launched PRI (Program-Related Investments) to invest in for-profit companies who were advancing CHCF’s mission. 
  3. Could Giving Circles Rebuild Philanthropy from the Bottom Up? (Nonprofit Quarterly)
    Giving circles have democratized the practice of philanthropy. Angela Eikenberry explores the opportunities these associations can hold for donors looking to, “change themselves and the structures that perpetuate poverty, inequality, violence and discrimination.”
  4. How We’re ‘Putting Racism on the Table’: The Meyer Foundation (Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers)
    Following participation in WRAG’s recent program launch, “Putting Racism on the Table,” the Meyer Foundation board and staff are implementing their own conversations. They addressed their personal implicit biases in hopes of creating shared framework from which they can all talk about racial issues. 
  5. Reflections on Developing a Theory of Philanthropy (Foundation Review)
    The Palix Foundation developed a theory on which their organization operates to better understand the goals they aim to achieve. President Michelle Gagnon’s reflections on this process provide suggestions for other organizations to do the same. 
  6. Jen Teunon,  Medina Foundation, argues funding only specific programs within nonprofits creates instability for the organization; programs cannot operate without directors and coordinators. While general operating grants are not yet the norm, there is positive change in that direction.
  7. Audrey Haberman shares six points, “the secret sauce,” to building community philanthropy as learned through her experience with the Building Community Philanthropy Initiative. With a willingness to learn and try again, this process can be more rewarding than it is difficult.
  8. The State of Storytelling in Philanthropy (Communications Network)
    Examples of best practices for philanthropy to further incorporate storytelling as a tool to further their missions.
  9. To Avoid Being a Supporter of the Status Quo, Ask ‘So What?’ (Philanthropy New York)
    While data and outcome metrics are important to understanding impact, they must be weathered with the, “So what?” question. To go against the status quo of reducing opportunity and expecting all individuals to rise to the same level, philanthropists must dig deeper than evaluation measures in their grantmaking.
  10. Scott Nielsen argues that philanthropy and advocacy are inching ever closer together for two reasons: the political scene is becoming ever more ideologically polarized and collaboration between philanthropy and advocacy is creating new opportunities.