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Building on a Better Foundation: A Toolkit for Creating an Inclusive Grantmaking Organization

The toolkit now in your hands is the product of many years of dialogue, debate and learning among a committed group of people at regional grantmaking associations across the country and their colleagues at member organizations. What began with talk about race and ethnicity in the 1980s eventually evolved into discussions of the broader issues of inclusion and diversity at grantmaking institutions. This toolkit takes the talk to another level, to walk the walk of inclusion by encouraging others to think about and pursue diversity in both their internal organization and their external work as...
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A Toolkit for Centering Racial Equity Throughout Data Integration

Societal “progress” is often marked by the construction of new infrastructure that fuels change and innovation. Just as railroads and interstate highways were the defining infrastructure projects of the 1800 and 1900s, the development of data infrastructure is a critical innovation of our century. Railroads and highways were drivers of development and prosperity for some investors and sites. Yet other individuals and communities were harmed, displaced, bypassed, ignored, and forgotten by those efforts. As railroads and highways both developed and decimated communities, so too can data...
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Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook: Leveraging Your Dollars

PAP.png Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook: Leveraging Your Dollars is designed to provide foundations with the information they need to both fund and conduct advocacy. The Playbook provides examples of how foundation investments have generated meaningful policy change, as well as links to other publications and fact sheets that will allow foundation leaders to quickly answer their questions and access additional information.
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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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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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