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Top Philanthropy Northwest Resources of 2016

Top Philanthropy Northwest Resources of 2016

December 15, 2016

As your thought partner, supporting shared learning and action for all types of philanthropy, Philanthropy Northwest creates and curates hundreds of reports, presentations, recordings, studies, websites and consulting tools with our colleagues and partners in the field. This year, we also launched four Digital Resource Centers for our members, focused on Advocacy, Arts Funding, Disaster Philanthropy and Impact Investing.

Here are 10 resources released in 2016 with enduring value for a range of philanthropy and nonprofit practitioners in the Northwest and beyond, listed by release date. If you missed them the first time, now's a great time to catch up!

  1. Snapshot of Foundation Giving to the Northwest
    U.S. foundations make significant investments in communities across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. This snapshot captures support from a sample of 512 foundations for a range of issues and focus areas in Philanthropy Northwest’s six-state region — and reminds grantmakers to finish submitting their FY2014 data for our next Trends in Northwest Giving report.

  2. DIY Strategy Improvements: 10 Activities for Foundations
    What comes after “strategic...?” If you said, “planning,” you’re not alone. And for many foundation staff and boards, dread is the feeling that follows. If that’s the case, this guide is for you. Developed by The Giving Practice, Philanthropy Northwest's national consulting team, it invites you to test-drive activities to bring your current grant programs, operations and field or place-based engagement strategies into focus. It helps you name current strategic practices and decide whether to keep them or not.

  3. Philanthropy and the Renewal of Democracy: Is it Time to Step Up Our Game?
    In the second edition of this monograph, 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 asks whether philanthropy can and should do more to strengthen the infrastructure and practices of democracy.

  4. Champion Checklist: How Can We Influence Others to Support a Cause?
    How can you be an effective champion of your grantees and the causes you care about? This Pretty Good Tool helps you develop a preliminary strategy that uses ideas, inquiry, connections and stories for any effort to mobilize support. The Champion Checklist was developed by The Giving Practice, Philanthropy Northwest's national consulting team, with support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. We’ve used it in a series of workshops with practitioners in foundations and nonprofit organizations.

  5. Collaboration Readiness: Does Your Organization Play Well With Others?
    Does your organization have what it takes to be an effective collaborator? This Pretty Good Tool from Philanthropy Northwest's 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.

  6. Reality Checklist: What Do We Want Out of a Strategy?
    You want a strategy. But do you know what you want out of a strategy? The Giving Practice's experience with philanthropy practitioners suggests that sometimes the answer is no. Thinking carefully and concretely about what you want a strategy to accomplish is a valuable discipline. It can help you focus a strategic planning process and assess the results. Do you want a sharper sense of priorities? Clarity about your values? Consensus across your organization about your goals? A filter for upcoming opportunities? All of the above?

  7. Regional Food Market Research
    This innovative research from our friends at Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project includes a production cost analysis by Ecotrust of six food categories to show where investors can help catalyze a strong, thriving food economy in the  Pacific Northwest. It also includes an independent lender analysis of Ecotrust’s work, focusing on near-term enterprise investments suggested by the research. Both efforts are part of CFFP’s multi-year effort to understand how and where to invest philanthropic, impact and financial capital into sustainable food enterprises in Oregon and Washington.

  8. State of the Nonprofit Sector Reports
    Our statewide nonprofit association partners in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming each produce valuable research about the nonprofit sector in their respective states. Here, we gather their "state of the sector" research into one page to present a regional perspective on our diverse and vibrant sector. In 2016, our partners published a new Northwest Nonprofit Capacity Report (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington) and a Wyoming Nonprofit Sector Report.

  9. Benchmarking Beyond Asset Size: Top 100 Community Foundations
    What is the current state of the community foundation field? 2015 Columbus Survey Findings is a detailed snapshot of foundation growth and related operational activity during fiscal year 2015. Gathered through the annual Columbus Survey, the dataset and related findings from this latest edition of the "census of the community foundation field" will allow you to understand your organization's place in relation to the field as a whole.

  10. KIDS COUNT Data Book and Data Center
    Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the report ranks states on overall child well-being and in economic well-being, education, health and family/community. The related KIDS COUNT Data Center makes this information interactive, with the option of searching by state and data topic, comparing indicators and viewing them as maps and charts.

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