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Community Capacity Building: Lessons Learned from our Partners

Publication date: 
05/2012

This report highlights three philanthropic efforts to build the capacity of local communities in the West - The Ford Family Foundation’’s Ford Institute Leadership Program, the Northwest Area Foundation’’s Horizons Program, and the Orton Family Foundation’’s Heart and Soul Community Planning Program.

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Lessons from the Field: From Understanding to Impact

Publication date: 
01/2011

A case study from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Lessons from the Field: From Understanding to Impact, provides an in-depth look at how three foundations cultivate an understanding of their fields and then turn that understanding into more effective grantmaking.

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Turning Passion into Action: Giving While Living

Publication date: 
07/2010

This publication explores the practice of Giving While Living as exemplified by the founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies Chuck Feeney. This report includes profiles of Mr. Feeney and 10 other philanthropists who are giving generously during their lifetimes, explains the most-cited motivating factors for Giving While Living, and lays out a range of ways to set up and execute a Giving While Living program. This publication addresses some key steps for donors considering Giving While Living.

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Moving Beyond the Money: News Coverage that Conveys a Broader Vision of Foundations

Publication date: 
06/2010

From the Philanthropy Awareness Initiative, this case study analyzes a NPR story about the launch of a Ford Foundation project and examines the steps that helped make it more than a transactional news item. It's part of the Initiative's ongoing work with foundations and philanthropy associations to improve communications and outreach to influential Americans.

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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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