Some organizations are beginning to create policies that increase underrepresented groups providing goods or services to their organization. Sample vendor diversity policies are available from philanthropy-serving organizations.
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The Council of Michigan Foundations shares this easily customizable template for a story on public-private partnerships based on CMF's Active Community Capital 25 year public-private partnership story completed this summer in Grand Rapids Michigan.
Compiled responses from a 12/11/15 listserve query about anti-gun violence programming.
2015 was a year of transition for the Forum Network, but change has brought great opportunities! Check out our highlights of 2015.
Philanthropy West Virginia has partnered with the West Virginia Nonprofit Association to produce a legislative "toolkit" and other resources for West Virginians to encourage their lawmakers to renew the Neighborhood Investment Program.
Funding Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support, looks at how funders collaborate with and bring support to indigenous communities around the world. Through examples from a diverse range of foundations, this guide explores how grantmakers work with indigenous peoples, the approaches they take, and the practices they find effective.
In cities across the nation, a few enjoy rising affluence while many struggle to get by. This situation is created in part by the practices of traditional economic development. Current trends threaten to worsen, unless we can answer the design challenge before us. Can we create an economic system—beginning at the local level—that builds the wealth and prosperity of everyone?
CSR executives have difficult jobs. They are expected to be strategic, aligned with business priorities, and focused on results. Yet success often requires navigating ever-changing expectations and a maze of competing priorities. This strategy toolkit, developed by FSG in partnership with CECP, identifies three tools for clarifying your strategy and transforming your portfolio.
The Silicon Valley Out-of-School-Time Collaborative invested in a cohort of regional nonprofit organizations to sustain and strengthen their ability to serve more students with stronger academic and social-emotional programming. A midcourse evaluation of the collaborative showed that grantees were stronger, programs were better and are reaching more students, and funders had adopted new, collaborative grantmaking practices. A second phase of the work was committed to more flexibility –– letting grantees drive the group’s planning and learning efforts, and manage consultants, budgeting and group communications. Grantees also opted to redirect the focus of the collaborative from capacity building to program development and evaluation, with the added goal of sharing effective afterschool and summer program models with others, both inside and outside the region.
A compilation of links of membership information on each regional association's website.
D5’s Final State of the Work highlights voices of leaders in the field who share their stories of change and progress. This final report catalogs the stories that tell of human impact and human struggle to create a more equitable philanthropy.
Building a Culture of Capitalization in Your Organization, is written for nonprofit arts organizations and shares findings from NFF's study of 36 capital grants made by the Kresge Foundation between 2010 and 2012.
Recommendations for Capital Grantmakers, is written for arts funders who are looking to make smart and impactful investments.
This whitepaper examines the latest data to identify trends in social justice philanthropy among family foundations.
What comes after “strategic...?” If you said, “planning,” you’re not alone. And for many leaders of community foundations, especially small ones who don’t have the time or money for a big process, anxiety is the feeling that follows. If that’s the case, this guide is for you.
The Forum has partnered with ClickTime, a leader in nonprofit timesheets, to offer its time and expense tracking services free to Forum members and at a discounted rate for your members. ClickTime makes it easy to plan, manage, and report on employee time. Thousands of grant makers and other nonprofits use ClickTime to increase efficiency, ensure compliance, and better manage programs and grants.
Essentials of Impact Investing: A Guide for Small-Staffed Foundations addresses those challenges and highlights those opportunities. The guide demystifies the process of designing and implementing an effective impact investing strategy, offering advice, tools, and real-world examples of impact investing by foundations with few or no staff.
This publication provides information on 11 benefits and conversation-starters about philanthropic advocacy and lobbying. Specifically, it answers your questions about legal rules and provides concrete examples, templates, resources, and tips.
Sample materials and other resources on how philanthropy-serving organizations are offering programming to their membership around these issues.
Additional speaker suggestions and event descriptions from a survey of the membership are available here
There is widespread and growing recognition in the nonprofit sector about the importance of evaluation — not only for measuring impact, but also for improving programs and better serving communities. While grantmakers generally see evaluation as necessary, most are not yet investing enough resources in this area.