Report/Research

Simplifying Strategy: A Practical Toolkit for Corporate Societal Engagement

Publication date: 
11/2015
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.

Using Evidence to Scale What Works: 2015 State of the SIF report

Publication date: 
11/2015

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) selects grantees through open competitions that have expertise in helping nonprofits expand capacity and build a track record of strong evidence and impact. With its emphasis on evaluation and results, the SIF seeks to grow the impact of successful programs to accelerate broad-scale change. This 109-page report presents an overview of its portfolio.

The Status of Women in Washington

Publication date: 
10/2015
Women in Washington have made significant advances in the past several decades but face persistent inequities that often prevent them from reaching their full potential. This report, published by Women's Funding Alliance and Institute for Women's Policy Research, provides critical data and analyzes areas of progress for women in Washington, as well as places where progress has slowed or stalled. It examines key indicators of women’s status in several topical areas: employment and earnings, economic security and poverty, and political participation. The data presented on these topics can serve as a resource for advocates, community leaders, policymakers, funders and other stakeholders who are working to create public policies and programs that enable women in Washington to achieve their full potential.

Scaling U.S. Community Investing: The Investor-Product Interface

Publication date: 
10/2015

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), in partnership with the Carsey School of Public Policy, published Scaling U.S. Community Investing: The Investor-Product Interface, an in-depth landscape study of the U.S. Community Investing (USCI) field. The full report includes a detailed analysis of the major types of USCI products, parameters that different investors use to evaluate investment opportunities, and the barriers and opportunities to increasing investment. Scaling U.S. Community Investing explores the gaps in the investor-product interface to identify opportunities to encourage greater capital flows into the market and, hence, drive scale. The report highlights a need for better alignment of risk and return expectations, investment term, and liquidity between investors and investees, and identifies two priority recommendations for achieving scale. The study was produced with support from the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.

Threads 2015: Independent Sector Conversations in 13 U.S. Cities

Publication date: 
10/2015
In 2015, Independent Sector convened Threads, a series of community conversations with foundation and nonprofit sector leaders in 13 U.S. cities. In the Northwest, Thread conversations took place at Empire Health Foundation's Philanthropy Center in Spokane, Washington on June 16 and at Impact Hub Seattle on June 26. Highlight reports were released from each conversation, culminating in a report from the entire series.

Philanthropy & Hurricane Sandy: A Report on the Foundation & Corporate Response

Publication date: 
10/2015

Philanthropy & Hurricane Sandy: A Report on the Foundation & Corporate Response  examines the response of foundations, corporations, and other institutional donors to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Numbering nearly 600, these funders have so far committed more than $380 million for relief, recovery and building efforts. The hard data and reflective observations in the report contribute to the growing body of knowledge that helps foundations and corporations be strategic and effective with their giving when disaster strikes. 

2015 Washington State Leadership Scan

Publication date: 
10/2015

The Statewide Capacity Collaborative (SCC) is a group of 10 funders committed to supporting and strengthening the state’s nonprofit sector. To date, SCC has invested $180,000 in grants to support underrepresented leadership development in communities across the state. Its Leadership Scan of Washington's nonprofit sector was initiated to complement this work and support strategies for investing in the state’s leadership capacity.

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