Latest Releases from the field - April 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Check out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Minnesota Council on Foundations, and Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia.

Philanthropy's Reflective Practices- Build What You Bring to the Work
The Giving Practice - Philanthropy Northwest
How do skilled philanthropy practitioners navigate challenging situations in their work to get to meaningful connections and good outcomes? Interviews with dozens of them reveal a common ingredient: they each use reflective practices to help them observe, make sense of and adjust their behaviors. This new guide focuses on four of these practices.

Thrive at Five: The Secrets of Long-Term Family Philanthropy
National Center for Family Philanthropy
NCFP’s new Passages Issue Brief explores the secrets of family philanthropies that have lasted five or more generations and examines how families successfully attract and engage younger family members while staying united over time and family branches. 

The Business ROI of Social Investments
ACCP and IO Sustainability
The study took eight companies through a process of discovery, assessment and analysis to determine the potential of their programs to add business value. The report finds that companies have the best chance to generate value for the business and impact for society when they adopt a set of good practices. The report shares a set of leading examples of effective corporate social investment and provides executives with a roadmap to generate value.

2016 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender And Queer Grantmaking By U.S. Foundations
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
The 2016 Tracking Report (2018) explores the scope and character of foundation funding for LGBTQ issues in the calendar year 2016. The report analyzes 6,032 grants from 348 foundations, making it the most comprehensive assessment of LGBTQ funding available. The year 2016 brought with it a historic milestone: LGBTQ grantmaking surpassed $200 million for the first time ever. The sharp rise in LGBTQ funding in 2016 was driven in large part by approximately $30 million in funding in response to the Pulse Nightclub Massacre in Orlando, the most violent attack on the LGBTQ community in our history. Without OneOrlando grantmaking, LGBTQ funding reached a record high of $172.8 million.

Fast Forward: Village Trust Financial Cooperative
Minnesota Council on Foundations
In the latest episode of its podcast, Me'Lea Connelly, Director of the Association for Black Economic Power, and Patrick Troska, Executive Director of the Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of MN, discuss their partnership on the Village Trust Financial Cooperative. The Association for Black Economic Power is currently working to establish the Village Trust Financial Cooperative, Minnesota’s only Black-led financial institution. 

The PRI Pulse (TM)
Venn Foundation in collaboration with The Minnesota Council on Foundations
This newly released report looks at the historical use of Program-Related Investments (PRIs) by Minnesota-based private foundations from 1998 to 2016. It gives Minnesota’s philanthropic and investment communities high-quality information on how PRIs have been used in the past. 

Trauma-Informed Philanthropy, Volume Two
Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia
Volume Two builds on the information and insights presented in the first guide to identify how philanthropy can leverage resources and relationships to advance trauma-informed practice and move from knowledge to action. Highlights of Volume Two include: profiles of five trauma-informed change efforts in Philadelphia, featuring work across multiple service sectors and implementation domains; key learnings about cross-sector collaborative networks and the role of philanthropy as change agent, from leading national initiatives; and tools for grantmakers to advance trauma-informed approaches, through funding priorities and practices, field building, and serving as connectors and thought leaders.

Selecting Financial Management Software For Your Nonprofit
FMA and Idealware
This guide provides a clear look at the major accounting and financial management system categories and the criteria to consider as you search for a new system. Unlike Idealware's Consumers Guides, it doesn't provide comprehensive system reviews, but instead details the major accounting and financial management system categories and the criteria to consider as you search for a new system. It also provides a high level look at the following systems: Abila MIP Fund Accounting, Financial Edge NXT, FinancialForce, FUND E-Z, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Oracle NetSuite, QuickBooks, Sage Intacct, Freshbooks, Kashoo, Wave, Xero, and Zoho Books.