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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.
Jon Stahl, Communications Director | I’ve just returned from Local Matters: Wyoming, the first event in our 2015 Local Matters series, which brought together more than 80 people from foundations and nonprofits engaged in Wyoming philanthropy. Here are a few highlights from a rich, engaging and wide-ranging conversation about how philanthropy is... right next door. more »
... and exploring these opportunities requires working with partners in our communities. In Idaho, the Idaho Rural ... more »
Community foundations are beginning to deepen and shift how they work, adopting an anchor mission that seeks to fully deploy all resources to build community wealth. Moving into territory relatively uncharted for community foundations, they are taking up impact investing and economic development — some in advanced ways, others with small steps. This report offers an overview of how 30 representative community foundations — including The Seattle Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation — are working toward adopting this new anchor mission.
In May 2014, the Community Democracy Workshop and the Kettering Foundation convened 17 people committed to community democracy and community engagement from philanthropic, community-based, and supporting organizations along with Kettering staff members to learn from each other and explore questions of assumptions, beliefs, comunity engagement and community democracy.
Mitchell Thomashow, Catalyst Fellow | For each of us, our community, landscape and identity create a fluid concept: place. Environmental thinkers use place as a common ground for deepening local awareness of ecological relationships, with bioregionalism as a compelling manifestation of that impulse, suggesting that political boundaries, governance and public policy must be considered within the natural connections of geographic settings. We regard place-based thinking as the foundation of community relationships as well as the appropriate scale for civic engagement; this concept has also become part of the literature in anthropology, economics, education and political science. We believe it has an important role to play in philanthropy, as well, as The Russell Family Foundation and other Philanthropy Northwest members have demonstrated in their place-based community partnerships. more »
... classrooms, nonprofits, and communities. We work with partners across the U.S. and are always seeking new partners who are committed to achieving equity in education. ...
... and capacity to gather and plan with other Native partners in the field in more meaningful ways is challenging. ...
Maya Thornell-Sandifor, Director of Learning Strategy | ... and have impact in 2017: Bridging Divides Between Unlikely Partners Has philanthropy done all it can to acknowledge and ... cue for 2.0 include authentic engagement of community partners, creating a learning organization and impact ... more »
... have on youth and childhood well-being. Blodgett and his partners at the Foundation for Healthy Generations have ... more »
Anne Yoon, The Giving Practice | ... with materials from our 40-year history. Many of our partners have also have amassed decades of artifacts, ... more »
Caitlin Copple, Communications Consultant | ... learn together and discuss ways we can be more effective partners and advocates for rural communities,” said ... building capacity to help rural communities become self-sustaining. more »
Kiran Ahuja | On a recent trip to Anchorage, after engaging with local philanthropic leaders and learning about Alaska’s unique attributes and challenges, it dawned on me the many lessons funders in the lower 48 can glean from Alaska’s philanthropic leaders. In a geographically large state with a small population, funders wear multiple hats and coordinate easily across organizations to address formidable challenges – including homelessness, lack of affordable housing and healthcare services, access to high-quality P-16 education, workforce development and much, much more.
From this recent visit and in my role with Philanthropy Northwest over the past year, I’d like to share my observations about the unique positioning of philanthropy in Alaska. more »