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.
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.
The key in designing an organizational strategy, we have found, is similar to designing any tool: you need to figure out how you want to use it. Think of your strategy more as verb than noun - you need it to function. To help with that, we have designed this Pretty Good Tool. We have used it with clients to help them name what they want a strategy to do and then regularly get a reality check on how close their strategy is to doing it.
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.
What comes after “strategic...?” If you said, “planning,” you’re not alone. And for many foundation leaders, 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.
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.
Race Forward is a national nonprofit whose mission is to build awareness, solutions and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information and experiences.
The Race Matters Institute helps nonprofits, government units, community organizations and philanthropies develop policies and programs to achieve more diverse, equitable and inclusive results.
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.
The Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) has developed this discussion and assessment tool to help foundation leaders begin essential conversations about the power of differences and
determine the level of their organization’s readiness for growth.