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Principles for Philanthropy: Introductory Presentation

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October 2021
MCF offers this PowerPoint deck as a tool for educating your colleagues, staff, board or community members about the Principles for Philanthropy. Ideas for using this PowerPoint deck: Use the whole deck to introduce all of the principles at a staff or board meeting. Focus on one slide – one of the 8 principles – for 15 minutes at the start of a meeting. Use the questions at the end of the deck to engage your team in discussing one principle – or the entire set of principles: What principles / concepts resonate most with your foundation? What principles / concepts do you think will feel...
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Corporate Benchmarking Survey Fall 2021

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October 2021
In October 2021, MCF conducted a survey of corporate community affairs programs and corporate foundations. The survey questions are posed by your peers - professionals working in Minnesota's corporate giving programs. The survey responses are meant to inform your work and the work of your corporate giving peers. Questions in this survey focus on a wide range of issues including overall giving structure, the relationship between corporate giving and DEI, foundation governance, employee volunteer programs and program forecasts for the near future.
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Shifting the Evaluation Paradigm: The Equitable Evaluation Framework

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April 2021
The Equitable Evaluation Initiative (EEI) believes that evaluation has the ability to contribute to equity and that it must embrace definitions of rigor and validity that reflect the complexity of the work in which many are engaged. We are imagining what might be possible if evaluation were conceptualized, implemented and utilized in a manner in which equity is core and validity reflects 21st-century contexts and identities. The Equitable Evaluation Framework™ (EEF) is co-crafted and co-led by partners in philanthropy, evaluation and nonprofits, and it facilitates ways to engage institutions...
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Support Beyond Dollars

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April 2020
Lifting up the genius and lived experience of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) leaders is necessary to advancing racial equity and uncovering the solutions to large, systemic problems like disparities in housing, education, healthcare and the wealth gap. BIPOC communities continue to be excluded from, and wholly oppressed by, these systems and continue to experience the highest barriers when engaging with them. Even across the nonprofit landscape, leaders who reflect their communities typically receive only a fraction of funding for their nonprofit organizations, despite better...
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Power Moves: Your Essential Philanthropy Assessment Guide for Equity and Justice

Taking time out for self-assessment and learning is an important part of the organizational cycle of planning, action and reflection. It helps ensure that your strategies make sense given your goals, and that those strategies are having the impact you seek for the communities you care about. Other factors may prompt introspection, such as internal leadership changes or external events. The philanthropic sector’s growing urgency to tackle inequities also offers strong motivation to take stock. Today, it is still all too easy to predict advantage or disadvantage based on race, ethnicity, gender...
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Index of Nonprofits Led by and/or Serving Black, Indigenous, People of Color Communities

Nonprofits led by or primarily serving Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) are essential community resources engaged in: advocacy and self-determination, representation and community empowerment, leadership development, community enterprise, service delivery, and arts and culture. In partnership with organizations and sector leaders who identify as, or primarily serving BIPOC communities, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) has created an index of public information about BIPOC led and/or serving nonprofits (with specific racial/ethnic communities disaggregated). This index...
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Foundations Respond to Crisis: A Three-Part Series

In early spring of 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic worsened, foundations in the U.S. began to respond by shifting resources and practices. Some funders, nonprofits, and others in the field called for fundamental changes in how funders approach their work — including upping the provision of long-term, flexible funding; shifting the funder–grantee power dynamic; placing greater trust in nonprofits; and increasing foundation payout. The pandemic has exacerbated long-standing structural inequities — especially in Black, Latino, Native American, low-income and working-class communities, and for...
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Race, Culture, Power and Inclusion in Foundations

This report was sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, more particularly, by an internal group at the Foundation called RESPECT. This group seeks to improve the ways in which the Foundation addresses issues with respect to race, class, culture, and power both internally and externally. Although various dimensions of this very broad topic are broken down and addressed in this report and in the questionnaire, the results of this study clearly indicate that internal and external hiring, grantmaking, grantee relations, and board recruitment are all interrelated when it comes to race, class,...
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State of Funding: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking in Minnesota

This report shows that U.S. foundations awarded nearly $1.3 million in 2007 to LGBTQ organizations and programs throughout Minnesota; 83 percent of this giving came from foundations based inside the state. It also found that nearly half of the Minnesota organizations that responded to our study have annual budgets of $100,000 or less and operate with two or fewer paid staff members. These groups rely more on support from foundations and individuals, and less on government and corporate sources. A number of opportunities exist for foundations to invest in LGBTQ communities throughout Minnesota...
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Listening to Black Women and Girls: Lived Experiences and Adultification Bias

This study's goal was to measure participants’ responses to our adultification findings by asking them about their real-world observations and seeking their insights about solutions to overcome this bias, as well as directions for future research. To that end, it asked participants whether the results of the original study align with their lived experiences and whether they believe the findings presented in the previous Girlhood Interrupted report would contribute to meaningful change.
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