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Infrastructure in Focus: A Global Picture of Organizations Serving Philanthropy

Publication date: 
03/2014

This first of its kind report aims to enhance the knowledge of global philanthropy. WINGS engages its members in actively identifying the gaps in our knowledge, and understanding better their local practices within a global context.

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Catalyzing Regional Economic Transformation: Lessons from Funder Collaboration in Northeast Ohio

Publication date: 
11/2013

The Fund for Our Economic Future brought together a set of philanthropic institutions from across Northeast Ohio to promote a regional approach for increasing economic prosperity and opportunity. The original 28 Fund members committed a total of $30 million over three years to begin restoring regional economic competitiveness through pooled grantmaking, research and convening.

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Peer Action Learning Network for Diversity and Inclusion

Publication date: 
10/2013
This report and the accompanying case studies share the experiences of a group of “early adopters” from within the Council of Michigan Foundation’s membership—Michigan foundations that have been deeply involved in efforts to transform their organizations’ internal cultures, policies, and practices, as well as their engagement with community stakeholders and partners. These leaders in advancing diversity and inclusion within the philanthropic sector all participated in Transforming Michigan Philanthropy through Diversity and Inclusion’s Diversity and Inclusion Peer Action Learning Network.
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The Power of Learning: How Learning Communities Amplify the Work of Nonprofits and Grantmakers

Publication date: 
11/2012

This case study of the Council of Michigan Foundations' Peer Action Learning Network (PALN) is part of a report from New York University's Wagner Research Center for Leadership in Action. It explores the power of learning communities to build connections and knowledge to increase organizations’ community impact.

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In Search of the Spark: Getting Your Members Fired Up about Policy Work

Publication date: 
07/2012

The guide is based on a premise supported by everyone we interviewed: that philanthropy-serving organizations can and should become more intentional about building member support for policy work in order to be more effective in that work, and also, according to some, to be more effective associations generally.

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