A collection of sample messages from regional associations to their memberships in response to the November 8, 2016 election results.
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Based sardonically on Masterpiece Theatre, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’s Structural Racism Theater introduces the viewer to concrete examples of structural racism and implicit bias. It’s edgy, dryly humorous, “shareable,” and an incredibly different direction for WRAG. The first episode, "The Pernicious Compromise," focuses on the timely topic of the Electoral College and its connection to the Three-Fifths Compromise.
Research shows that one of the greatest impediments to a prosperous future for all of Michigan's people is unequal access to resources. To help foundation leaders and their boards begin essential conversations about marginalized populations and determine the extent to which their organization's culture and grantmaking practices are aligned with a commitment to expanding opportunity in the communities they serve, CMF developed this discussion guide and self-assessment.
Based sardonically on Masterpiece Theatre, Structural Racism Theater introduces the viewer to concrete examples of structural racism and implicit bias in an edgy, social media-friendly way. In "Darkness in Emerald City," we look at the relationship between implicit bias and institutional racism.
This guide was developed as a partnership of Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey with the goal of raising awareness among funders about ACEs (adverse childhood experiences), trauma, and resilience and help them understand how they can apply trauma-informed practice to their work.
ACT!Quick is a short version of Alliance for Justice’s Advocacy Capacity Tool (ACT!) and is designed to provide a quick diagnosis of the strengths and gaps in organizations’ advocacy skills, knowledge, and practices, and identify areas for strengthening.
The report shares data on crucial topics such as foundations’ evaluation staffing and structures, investment in evaluation work, and the usefulness of evaluation information. It seeks to provide benchmarking data that will be useful to foundation leaders as they seek to better understand the choices of their peers and think more deeply about their own evaluation goals and strategies.
Compiled responses on a listserv query about the incentives provided to members who provide additional support or sponsor programs and events.
San Diego Grantmakers' Guide to Collaborative Philanthropy describes how they help their members efficiently and effectively form and sustain collaborations. It is based on best practices identified from published research as well as interviews with members, regional associations of grantmakers, foundations, and consultants across the nation.
Developed in partnership with the Center for Evaluation Innovation (CEI), Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices is the most comprehensive data collection effort to date on evaluation practices at foundations. The report shares data points and infographics on crucial topics related to evaluation at foundations, such as evaluation staffing and structures, investment in evaluation work, and the usefulness of evaluation information.
The findings in this document were gathered at the request of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as part of its quest to better understand what other foundations are doing to incorporate equity — both in their internal operations and in their grantmaking. This document shares learnings from conversations with several foundations, observations drawn, and suggestions for foundations that want to move forward in their own efforts to embrace equity.
A corporate member asked for resources for companies looking to effectively engage their manufacturing and hourly workforce in their employee volunteer program.
Daniel Kemmis explores the sometimes-fraught relationship between philanthropy and democracy in this updated report. Beginning with a wide-ranging stroll through the shared history of philanthropy and democracy, Kemmis examines the current post-Citizens United landscape and asks whether philanthropy can and should do more to strengthen the infrastructure and practices of democracy.
Foundation leaders have a unique opportunity to serve as powerful champions of their missions. Partnering with your grantees can amplify your impact. The following guide is designed to help you start having an honest conversation in the boardroom; a conversation about your foundation’s goals, approach, and, most importantly, vision for the future.
In this plenary session we’ll explore how regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations can use a network approach to leverage the effectiveness of our collective work.
Access the resources provided to participants of the 2016 Joint Policy Institute.
The CEO Summit is a rare opportunity for the chief executives of both regional philanthropy-serving organizations (i.e. regional associations) and national philanthropy-serving organizations (i.e. national affinity groups) to come together with your peers for a full day of learning, sharing and reflection.
Compiled responses on a listserv query about developing a directory or listing of professional services/professional service providers for members.
The power of the Forum Network is the expertise, insight and advice that is shared among the 250+ staff nationwide and there is nothing like meeting face-to-face with the only people who really understand the work that you do every day. This extended session will bring together the staff of regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) for professional development and invaluable networking. It is intended for staff positions of all types.
Compiled responses from a listserv query initiated by Associated Grantmakers (AGM) on the reasons, process, rollout, costs, and lessons learned associated with the name change undertaken by nice Regional Associations.