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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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Value of Volunteer Time

Independent Sector's study reveals that the estimated value of a volunteer hour reached $20.85 in 2009, up 60 cents from 2008. According to the Financial Accounting Standards Board the value of volunteer services can also be used on financial statements - including statements used for internal and external purposes, grant proposals, and annual reports - if a volunteer is contributing a specialized skill to a nonprofit.

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A Growing Tradition? Examining the African American Family Foundation

A growing number of African-American philanthropists are relying on family foundations for their charitable giving, preferring to put their trust in organizations they are close to and that aid the African-American community, this report from the Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation finds.

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Women’s Giving Circles: Reflections from the Founders

Women's Giving Circles: Reflections from the Founders adds the valuable perspective of personal narrative to understanding the growth of giving circles over the past ten years. Focused on the motivations, challenges, and opportunities of the 18 giving circle founders interviewed, the booklet is a testament to two factors that propelled this grassroots phenomenon – media interest and the powerful women’s social network.
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