Resources from the 2014 GIFT events/programs.
Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics at The Polis Center, discusses how Indiana foundations and their grantees can use community informatics (information and communication technologies). The Polis Center is a leader in community informatics, having developed the nation’s largest and most comprehensive community information system. This system, SAVI, provides detailed data on health, education, housing and community assets for individuals and organizations in central Indiana. Additionally, SAVI powers county-level community report cards for the entire state, and The Polis Center is currently working to gauge interest in expanding SAVI's more detailed toolsets to other regions of the state.
This presentation provides an overview of Indiana foundations, as well as tips for identifying, approaching and communicating with potential funders. IGA members may customize this presentation for their own use.
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.
These models provide examples of advocacy-focused efforts that could have useful implications for funding collaborative communications strategies and infrastructure in grassroots organizing groups.
Since 1973, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has been the designated organization in the private sector for establishing standards of financial accounting that govern the preparation of financial reports by nongovernmental entities. Those standards are officially recognized as authoritative by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). There are many conflicts with the legal interpretation of community foundation funds and FASB reporting. This webinar is designed to assist executive directors, board members, finance staff and finance committee members in understanding the reporting requirements and their reporting options.
Debbie Yates, Outreach Coordinator for Region 9 (Marion County), provides an overview of the Outreach Division of School Improvement and how it works to implement IDOE's community approach to educating children and building support systems for schools. Debbie talks about several particular initiatives (Hoosier Family of Readers, Family Friendly Schools, and STEM assessment/designation) and how foundations can get involved.
In addition to promoting physical and mental health, walkability supports independence for people of all ages and abilities. This brief provides Indiana funders with basic information about walkability and suggestions on how to improve walkability in their communities.
Technology Affinity Group and the Grants Mangers Network's 2014 Grantmakers Information Technology Survey Report concludes that funders are floundering with technology tools.