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Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens: A Practical Guide

Written by PRE Senior Fellow Rinku Sen and Executive Director Lori Villarosa with contributions from Maggie Potapchuk, Lisa McGill, and Makani Themba, this resource provides grantmakers with reflections, frameworks and tools built from the direct experience of activists and funders for advancing racial justice in any philanthropic setting. Download it here
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Advocacy Funding: The Philanthropy of Changing Minds

Grantmakers tend to be cautious about funding advocacy, and for good reason - yet advocacy can play a crucial role in advancing a foundation's mission. In this guide, contributors explain that advocacy includes a lot of opportunities to improve public policy through work that is well within the limits of the law. Whether your purpose is to advance an idea, argue a position, or enrich the policy debate, the guide offers resources and strategies for planning your work, reaching your audience, assessing impact, and more.
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Effective Grantmaking Practices that Support Nonprofit Sustainability

This research includes these four recommendations to support nonprofit sustainability: Continue to build on current efforts to establish strong relationships with grantees, listen, and respond. Seek short- and long-term feedback about usefulness and impact of capacity building resources provided to grantees. Consider using additional funding strategies, such as loan programs. Gather additional input about ways staff and organizational self-care can be fostered. Download the full report and two-page handout
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Policy Influence: What Foundations are Doing and Why

For all the conversation and critique about foundations’ engagement in public policy, relatively little data about their efforts in the public policy realm are available, including how many foundations engage in efforts to influence public policy, as well as why and how. To better understand foundations and public policy influence, the Center for Effective Philanthropy studied the perspective of foundation leaders across the country on this topic, through surveys and in-depth interviews.
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What Every Grantmaker Should Know & Legal FAQs

This resource from MCF contains: Foreword Letter to Colleagues and Friends Principles for Grantmakers What Every Grantmaker Should Know Board Fiduciary Duties Private Foundation Self-Dealing Excess Benefit Transactions Board Compensation Staff Compensation Conflicts of Interest Reporting and Disclosure Investments Grantmaking Public Policy Engagement Frequently Asked Legal Questions Lobbying Endowment Funds Community Foundations Private Foundation Self-Dealing Board Fiduciary Duties Investments Private Foundations vs. Public Charities 5%...
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