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Economic Scenario Planning Toolkit

The Economic Scenario Planning (ESP) Model, or "Stress Test," allows community foundations to create five-year forecasts to answer questions such as: What will be the impact of different investment performance scenarios on asset levels? What amount of grantmaking can we expect in the next few years? What happens to our economics if donors behave in different ways?

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Funder Collaboratives: Why and How Funders Work Together

Publication date: 
12/2009

In this guide, contributors share strategies for structuring a collaborative to fit its purpose, building strong relationships and resolving conflicts, and figuring out if the collaborative you're in is working. Contributors also offer ample proof that collaboratives are leading the field in bringing the voices of nonfunders — grantees, intended beneficiaries, experts, and others — into the process of making grants.

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Time is of the Essence: Foundations and the Policies of Limited Life and Endowment Spend-Down

From the Aspen Institute's Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, this report provides examples of foundations that decided to spend down their assets within a set period of time instead of existing in perpetuity. The report provides donors and foundations with models for consideration in their own policies and planning.

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Programming on a Blank Slate

Publication date: 
08/2008

Imagine starting a new grant-making program from scratch —no prior grantees, no established procedures, no set objectives. Read about one grantmaker's experience in establishing a rural poverty program in a casestudy from Grantcraft.

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