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Insight, Impact, and Equity – Collecting Demographic Data

For philanthropy to advance equity in all communities, especially low-income communities and communities of color, it needs to be able to understand the demographics of the organizations being funded (and declined), the people being served and the communities impacted. That data should be used to assess practices and drive decision making. 

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Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices

Developed in partnership with the Center for Evaluation Innovation (CEI), Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices is the most comprehensive data collection effort to date on evaluation practices at foundations. The report shares data points and infographics on crucial topics related to evaluation at foundations, such as evaluation staffing and structures, investment in evaluation work, and the usefulness of evaluation information.

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Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together

In Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together, GrantCraft look at how funders approach building capacity with grantees. Through examples from foundations ranging in size, mission, and geography, we explore various strategies for capacity building and the types of awareness that funders can choose to incorporate in decision making to facilitate informed, thoughtful judgments about strengthening organizations.

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The Promise and Pitfalls of Local and National Funder Collaborations

A key objective of the Scaling What Works initiative has been to translate insight and learning from grantmaker intermediaries involved with the Social Innovation Fund and share them with the broader philanthropic community. The fifth guide in the Lessons Learned series presents the benefits and challenges of partnerships between local and national funders, and highlights key considerations for both kinds of funders to foster success in their collaboration.

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The Best of Both Worlds: Using Private Foundations and Donor-Advised Funds

The Association of Small Foundations and the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund report "The Best of Both Worlds: Using Private Foundations and Donor-Advised Funds" provides an analysis of donor-advised funds and foundations and offers guidance on choosing the appropriate giving vehicles and the best way to use them.

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A Compass in the Woods: Learning Through Grantmaking to Improve Impact

A Compass in the Woods: Learning Through Grantmaking to Improve Impact and its companion, Learning Practices Self-Assessment by Signet Research & Consulting explores the challenges and good practices of nine widely different foundations in their efforts to improve their learning about how to create impact through their grantmaking and supporting efforts.

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Do Nothing About Me Without Me: An Action Guide for Engaging Stakeholders

Co-published by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and IISC, this guide argues the value of engaging diverse stakeholders, highlights grantmakers who are bringing stakeholders into the center of their work and offers a variety of tools to help grantmakers better engage grantees, community members and other partners.

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Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best

This report includes the first ever set of measurable guidelines that will help foundations and other institutional grantmakers operate ethically and maximize the impact of their dollars. It attempts to answer the questions: What differentiates an exemplary foundation from the rest of its peers? What can foundations do to improve its relevance to nonprofits, the economically and socially underserved Americans and society as a whole?

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