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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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Philanthropic Paths: An Exploratory Study of the Career Pathways of Professionals of Color in Philanthropy

Low levels of diversity in the senior ranks of foundations have proven to be a stubborn challenge for the field of philanthropy.  A report by Forward Change takes an important step toward a deeper understanding of the career pathways of professionals of color in philanthropy—how they enter foundations, how they advance across their careers, and what factors affect their advancement within the sector.

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Permissible Activity During an Election Cycle

Nonprofits can and should play an active role during elections, particularly by educating and activating voters. However, with important local, state and federal elections coming up this fall, nonprofits should take the time to remind their staff about appropriate activity during a political campaign or at any other time.

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