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Cover design + title: Making the Leap. How Four Philanthropy-Serving Organizations Elevated Their Work and Shaped Their Regions -- and the Support that Helped Make it Happen.
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The Giving Practice | September 2021

This report serves as a collection of case studies demonstrating how a trust-based funder-grantee partnership enabled four philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs) to leap from aspiration to sustained leadership and action. To tackle injustices in their regions and witness major advances for their communities today, and for many years to come.

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Mapping the Journey to Impact Investing

February, 2017
| The Giving Practice

When Surdna Foundation made the decision to allocate $100 million to impact investing, there was not a wide breadth of funds and tools available. As part of its investment, Surdna seeks to share its experience with others thinking about impact investing through this publication, drafted by The Giving Practice's Senior Partner Jan Jaffe.

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Pretty Good Tool: Champion Checklist

September, 2016
| The Giving Practice

We've identified four practices that effective champions use to bring more FANS to their cause: Framing (using ideas for influence), Asking (using inquiry for influence), Networking (using connections for influence), and Storytelling (using emotions for influence). This Pretty Good Tool is designed to help you work on these four practices and sharpen your strategy.

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Pretty Good Tool: Reality Checklist

September, 2016
| The Giving Practice

Designing an organizational strategy is like designing any tool: you need to figure out how you want to use it. The Reality Checklist can help you name what you want your strategy to do, shape your approach to developing it and assess your progress as you go.  

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Pretty Good Tool: Collaboration Readiness

September, 2016
| The Giving Practice

Does your organization have what it takes to be an effective collaborator? This Pretty Good Tool from the consultants at The Giving Practice helps you assess and improve your collaborative mindset. After testing an early version of this at an Independent Sector conference session, we have been using this as a guide with several funder collaboratives.

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Philanthropy and the Renewal of Democracy

August, 2016
| The Giving Practice

Daniel Kemmis explores the sometimes-fraught relationship between philanthropy and democracy. 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.