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Giving Directly to Individuals: How Private Foundations Can Achieve More Impact with Their Philanthropic Funds

Funders are also looking for ways to stretch their philanthropic dollars, and to expedite assistance to people in need. To accomplish both goals, they are increasingly making grants directly to individuals. Although private foundations typically grant to charities and other nonprofit organizations, it’s a littleknown fact that they can also give directly to individuals and families in need. Foundations do not need to set up a separate nonprofit to make these grants, and they don’t need to seek prior approval from the IRS. Given these advantages as well as the exigencies of 2020, private...
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Minnesota Business Giving: The Business of Giving Back

This first-ever statewide survey of 595 business establishments gives a rare glimpse at the bigger picture of business philanthropy in Minnesota--not just the giving of larger corporations and their foundations, but the giving and community involvement of all sizes of businesses, from those with less than 20 employees to those with more than 500. The survey results describe a positive picture of business giving and involvement in Minnesota. They show that business philanthropy is strong throughout the state and that giving and community involvement are integral to business establishments of...
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Funding Tomorrow’s Heroes: Awarding Scholarships Lifts Individuals for the Benefit of All

Education lifts individuals along with their families and entire communities. Financial help to pay for it can be one of the most powerful gifts you can possibly bestow. With a private foundation, you can donate to a school’s scholarship program, but you also have the option of running your own and selecting the recipients.
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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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