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Top Ten Philanthropy Resources: Late November

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Our top ten philanthropy resources from around the sector from the later half of the month. Click through for some great reads!

  1. The 10 Biggest Trends in Family Philanthropy (National Center for Family Philanthropy)
    The National Center for Family Philanthropy and the Urban Institute created the first national survey of family foundations to identify empirically new trends in family philanthropy. They identify the 10 biggest trends for philanthropists to take note.
  2. Corporate Philanthropy Reality Check (Northern California Grantmakers)
    To balance the competing demands and visions of corporate foundations, Lalitha Vaidyanatha of FSG, introduces three strategy tools to guide corporate executives: the intent matrix, the issue monitor, and impact models. 
  3. Ethnic Media and Community: Four Lessons for Philanthropy (John S. and James L. Knight Foundation)
    Last year, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and New America Media promoted understanding of new education trends for parents of diverse backgrounds through their support of ethnic media’s reporting of education trends. They found four important lessons for philanthropy to understand its role in community-based, ethnic media central to community organizing in diverse areas. 
  4. John Kobara, California Community Foundation, argues it is possible develop a “philanthropic brain” where one is connected to social issues. To trigger altruism, we have to get away from our computers and start to engage with our communities to see how effective giving can be. 
  5. Fostering Systems Change (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
    As many foundations are now moving toward systems change, Srik Gopal and John Kania offer five rules for guiding foundations through this process, especially understanding what it means for all aspects of the foundation’s work. 
  6. As the holidays are often a time for reflection on philanthropic giving, Impact Engine encourages reflection around impact investment as well. Suggested reading is broken down into four categories for some upcoming holiday reading. 
  7. As the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable trust shifted their focus from grantmaking to “changemaking,” they experienced some challenges but gained important insight into true engagement with their community and mission. Allen Smart shares five important lessons learned for other organizations taking that same challenge.
  8. Leveraging Change in Baltimore and Nationally (Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers)
    Following recent protests in Baltimore, Celeste Amato provides insight into the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers’ push to connect with the community they serve. This is to foster real, proactive change to address the history of the place and support the future the community envisions. 
  9. Heading into the new year, Page Snow of Foundation Source offers an outline of matters for foundations to review from the previous year to better inform their next year of plans. 
  10. Strong, developed leadership has proven to be among the most successful investments for organizations to make, yet most notoriously under-invest in this area. Donna Stark, Annie E. Casey Foundation, offers insights into results-based leadership, the myths that surround leadership development, and how funders can start supporting leadership development at their grantees. 


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