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.
The Forum's website and Knowledgebase features resources from nearly 77 regional and national philanthropy serving organizations, their 7,000+ grantmaking foundation members, and colleague philanthropic partners. There are several different ways to search the resource library. Using the filters on the right side of this page, you can search by type of resource, topic, or audience. For example, if you are looking for a template, select type, then you can filter by audience or topic to refine the results. Please note, the search box below only searches resources. If you're looking for news or events, use the search box in the upper right corner to search the entire site.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FMA and the Wallace Foundation built StrongNonprofits.org to provide free, user-friendly tools and resources to improve the financial health and performance of nonprofit organizations.
We’ll kick off the conference by hearing from Jamie Merisotis, a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, higher education and public policy.
We all strive to provide informative, thought-provoking, engaging and well-attended programming that also provides an opportunity for participants to make connections with their peers. But this is easier said than done. This session will explore three case studies from your PSO colleagues, who will share not only successes and lessons learned but also their challenges and failures.
Do you have a lot of data but still cannot consistently, concisely and compellingly speak to what difference your organization makes? You are not alone. This interactive session will offer a reframe for this challenge.
Against a backdrop of the “shrinking space” for civil society, philanthropy associations and networks play an increasingly important role in helping their members address societal issues that are complex and publicly and politically sensitive. This session will explore current challenges and lessons by reflecting on experience, based on case studies in Europe and the United States related to philanthropy's role in tackling issues arising from terrorism and migration/immigration.
Advocacy is a powerful lever for real impact, but only 33% of nonprofit organizations report that their board members are actively involved in advocating for their missions. And many organizations aren’t advocating at all. Join us for an interactive session to learn more about the Stand for Your Mission campaign that’s building awareness about the importance of board advocacy.
In this session, we'll cover ways to ensure your communications are clear and consistent across channels and focused on moving your audiences toward increased engagement. We'll also explore specific tools and techniques you can use to measure your success, including an interactive discussion about the Long Term Value (LTV) of engaged supporters.
In the final session in Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers's Putting Racism on the Table series (2016), the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Dr. Gail Christopher discussed the role of philanthropy in addressing racism and racial inequity.
Compiled responses on a listserv query about developing a directory or listing of professional services/professional service providers for members.
See who is speaking at our 2016 Forum Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN July 18-20.
In the fourth session of Putting Racism on the Table (2016), James Bell, founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, focused on mass incarceration.