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Top Philanthropy Resources of 2015

Top Philanthropy Resources of 2015

December 28, 2015

Our Resources library offers a curated list of more than 100 reports, presentations, studies, websites, consulting tools and other useful content created by Philanthropy Northwest and our partners in the field.

Here are 10 publications released in 2015 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. Trends in Northwest Giving 2014
    We are thrilled to share with you the fifth edition of Trends in Northwest Giving, our signature biennial report on foundation and corporate giving across our six-state region: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. We analyzed 24,013 grants to Northwest organizations from 245 funders in 2012, totaling $979,171,356. This represents a 2% decline in giving over 2010. Read on to find out about giving in our region, state-by-state trends and more!
  2. Ask the Right Questions: A Toolkit for Funder Groups Working on Public Policy
    How can funders work together to have an impact on public policy? PolicyWorks for Philanthropy has been asking this question as part of an effort to help affinity groups use policy engagement as a strategy to achieve shared program goals. We’ve taken what we’ve learned so far and turned it into this toolkit, designed for structured group reflection, including a set of planning checklists that affinity groups can use to do policy work and regional associations can use to support that work.
  3. Re-constructing Philanthropy From the Outside-In
    Paul Shoemaker of Social Venture Partners argues that funders need to fundamentally change the way they have traditionally worked with nonprofits, communities and each other in order to have a greater impact on the world. This 19-page report envisions a stronger, more effective philanthropic system with five updated practices.
  4. Responsive Philanthropy: Special Issue on Implicit Bias
    The May 2015 special issue of Responsive Philanthropy focused on what philanthropy can do to combat implicit bias, or the way in which our unconscious minds shape and contribute to our thoughts and actions. A diverse roster of authors explores how this phenomenon both affects the many challenges we as a society face and its implications for how philanthropy addresses these issues.
  5. 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book & 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.
  6. Essentials of Impact Investing: A Guide for Small-Staffed Foundations
    Seeking to increase their philanthropic impact, many engaged foundations are turning to impact investing. The reason is clear: The field and practice of impact investing have matured — structures are in place, best practices have emerged, and opportunities have multiplied — enabling more foundations to use this powerful tool. Yet entering unfamiliar terrain can be intimidating, and foundations with few or no staff face unique challenges even as they enjoy unique opportunities. Arabella Advisors, Exponent Philanthropy and Mission Investors Exchange address those challenges in this guide, including a program-related investment example from The O.P. & W.E. Edwards Foundation.
  7. Cities Building Community Wealth
    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? The 20 cities profiled in this Democracy Collaborative report include Portland, Oregon, and Seattle.
  8. Trends in Family Philanthropy
    Family foundations are changing. Many of us have been noticing the changes anecdotally for years. We've seen an influx of new organizations, new ideas and new approaches that are ushering the practice of family philanthropy into a new era. National Center for Family Philanthropy's 2015 Trends Study provides data to support these observations. With the release of the National Center for Family Philanthropy's 2015 Trends Study, we now have data to support these observations.

  9. Funding Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support
    This guide, developed by GrantCraft in collaboration with International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP), 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.
  10. DIY Strategy Improvements: 10 Activities for Community Foundations
    What comes after “strategic...?” If you said, “planning,” you’re not alone. And for many leaders of community foundations and other philanthropic organizations, 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 Giving Practice developed these activities with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Philanthropy Northwest. We welcome your feedback and reflections as our consulting team continues developing tools for the field in 2016.

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