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.
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.
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.
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 new Democracy Collaborative report include Portland, Oregon, and Seattle.
Funding Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support 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.
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.
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.
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.
For this report on foundation board governance, The Center for Effective Philanthropy surveyed the CEOs of 64 independent foundations in the United States making $10 million or more in grants annually.