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Teaming Up For Advocacy: How To Effectively Use A Collaborative To Drive Change

January 22, 2020

This guide captures the wisdom of philanthropic leaders who have participated in multi-party advocacy collaboratives. It synthesizes information to dig deeper and understand the pain points and levers of success tied to funding advocacy and donor collaboratives. Examples have been anonymized to ensure candor and clarity, as well as to broaden the appeal and applicability of wisdom derived from a specific collaborative example. Each bite-sized chapter is intended to make this work easy to reference and share, and to read as a full body of work or in pieces as is helpful and relevant to your work.

Using a Data Lens to Strengthen Your Work

November 6, 2017

Data is everywhere, but philanthropy and the nonprofit sector lag behind in how to make it work for us. Many organizations collect data, but few use it to be strategic, to build their program's capacity, or to bring voice to issues that matter most. By integrating a data lens into your work, you'll work smarter through refined questions and solutions, and new collaborations. In this guide, we'll give you some ideas to help you start applying a data lens to your work, share stories of success from other programs, and offer practical tips on overcoming challenges.

Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together

February 26, 2015

In Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together, we look at how funders approach building capacity with grantees. Through examples from foundations ranging in size, mission, and geography, we explore various strategies for capacity building and the types of awareness that funders can choose to incorporate in decision making to facilitate informed, thoughtful judgments about strengthening organizations.

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Scanning the Landscape of Youth Philanthropy: Observations and Recommendations for Strengthening a Growing Field

November 13, 2014

This report shares reflections on an in-depth examination of the story and needs of youth grantmaking (young people making monetary contributions to organizations through established institutions or governing bodies). The report finds that while more than 200 foundations worldwide offer youth grantmaking programs and more than 100 related resources exist, that information is not broadly available. Recommendations include providing wider access to youth philanthropy programs, centralizing resources, and increasing in-person gatherings. This scan was conducted in partnership with Youth Philanthropy Connect, a program of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation.

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