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Peer to Peer: At the Heart of Influencing More Effective Philanthropy

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has had a long-standing commitment to increasing the effectiveness of grantmaking organizations, a commitment reflected in its Philanthropy Grantmaking Program. In 2015, the Foundation commissioned Harder+Company Community Research, in partnership with Edge Research, to conduct a field scan to inform its own strategies in this area as well as those of other organizations working to increase philanthropic effectiveness.

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The Future of Foundation Philanthropy: The CEO Perspective

Based on the perspectives of more than 200 foundation CEOs collected through in-depth interviews and responses to a survey from May to June of 2016, The Future of Foundation Philanthropy: The CEO Perspectivecaptures foundation leaders’ views on challenges and concerns about the changing landscape in which they work, practices they believe to hold the most promise for helping foundations reach their potential, and the most pressing issues that will influence foundation philanthropy in the coming years.

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Structural Racism Theater: "The Pernicious Compromise"

Based sardonically on Masterpiece Theatre, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’s Structural Racism Theater introduces the viewer to concrete examples of structural racism and implicit bias. It’s edgy, dryly humorous, “shareable,” and an incredibly different direction for WRAG. The first episode, "The Pernicious Compromise," focuses on the timely topic of the Electoral College and its connection to the Three-Fifths Compromise.

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Equity: Is Your Foundation Ready to Invest in Building Opportunity for All?

Research shows that one of the greatest impediments to a prosperous future for all of Michigan's people is unequal access to resources. To help foundation leaders and their boards begin essential conversations about marginalized populations and determine the extent to which their organization's culture and grantmaking practices are aligned with a commitment to expanding opportunity in the communities they serve, CMF developed this discussion guide and self-assessment.

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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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Hearing from Those We Seek to Help: Nonprofit Practices and Perspectives in Beneficiary Feedback

The Center for Effective Philanthropy report, Hearing from Those We Seek to Help: Nonprofit Practices and Perspectives in Beneficiary Feedback, reveals that most nonprofits are using beneficiary feedback to improve their programs, but leaders of those organizations believe most of their foundation funders lack a deep understanding of their intended beneficiaries' needs. This report describes how, in the eyes of nonprofits leaders, the foundations that best understand their beneficiaries' needs are deeply connected to - and actively engaged with - with their work and are open, humble, and collaborative in their approach.

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