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Changing from the Inside Out: Calgary Foundation’s Journey to Strengthen Relationships with Indigenous Communities

February 18, 2020

This case study has been developed as a part of Investing in Native Communities, a joint project of Candid and Native Americans in Philanthropy. Learn about how the Calgary Foundation is taking active steps to change its internal culture and build relationships with Indigenous communities.

Investing in Indian Country: Bush Foundation Evaluates Its Data

September 12, 2019

This case study has been developed in companionship with Investing in Native Communities, a joint project of Candid and Native Americans in Philanthropy. Learn about how the Bush Foundation is taking active steps to engage in a culture of intentionality with data.

Comprehensive Capacity Building to Strengthen Regional Marine Conservation Efforts

June 2, 2017

This GrantCraft case study, developed for Foundation Center's FundingtheOcean.org portal, examines what a group of marine conservation funders did when questions about grantee capacity came up. It shares the David and Lucile Packard Foundation's perspective on how it joined forces with four other funders— the Marisla Foundation, Sandler Family Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust—to create the Pescadero Program, a fiveyear, comprehensive capacity building program for marine conservation NGOs in Northwest Mexico.

Embedding Ocean Conservation into California's DNA

March 31, 2017

This GrantCraft case study, developed for Foundation Center's FundingtheOcean.org portal, explores how The Campbell Foundation, a supporter of marine conservation in California, helped implement a state law calling for the creation of marine protected areas in the state. It includes the perspective of one of it's grantees helping with this initiative, the Resources Legacy Fund, and how they worked together with other foundations and grantees to enact and implement California's Marine Life Protection Act.

A Human Touch to Ocean Funding

March 31, 2017

This GrantCraft case study, developed for Foundation Center's FundingtheOcean.org portal, explores how the Helmsley Charitable Trust took a humanistic approach in their due diligence processes with grantees in Madagascar. It includes the perspective of one of it's grantees, Blue Ventures, and how they worked together locally to establish a campaign to rebuild tropical fishing communities in Madagascar while sustainaing natural resources and biodiversity.

Saving the Vaquita from Imminent Extinction

March 31, 2017

This GrantCraft case study, developed for Foundation Center's FundingtheOcean.org portal, explores how the Marisla Foundation stepped outside of its traditional grantmaking role to help save the vaquita from extinction. It includes the perspective of one of it's grantees in the area, World Wildlife Fund Mexico, and how they worked together to change fishing regulations and behaviours in the Gulf of Mexico to protect the species from further decline. 

Flipping the Fishing Business Model on its Head

March 31, 2017

This GrantCraft case study, developed for Foundation Center's FundingtheOcean.org portal, explores how the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, encouraged collaboration in U.S. West Coast groundfish fishing communities. It includes the perspective of one of it's grantees in the area, The Nature Conservancy, and how they worked together locally to address declining groundfish populations and improve the livelihoods of local fishermen.

Making the Political Win to Save Bristol Bay Permanent

March 31, 2017

This GrantCraft case study, developed for Foundation Center's FundingtheOcean.org portal, explores how the Oak Foundation, a supporter of marine conservation in Alaska, responded when national policy lifted protections from Bristol Bay. It includes the perspective of one of it's grantees in the area, the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, and how they worked together locally to establish a campaign to continue protecting Bristol Bay.

Democratizing Philanthropy Using Technology

March 31, 2017

This GrantCraft case study, developed for Foundation Center's FundingtheOcean.org portal, explores how the SunLight Time Foundation is transforming worldwide marine conservation efforts through communications and data access. It includes the perspective of one of it's grantees in the area, Marine Watch International, and how they're working to leverage technology as a means to level the ocean conservation funding field.

Making Sustainable Seafood Also Good for Business

March 31, 2017

This GrantCraft case study, developed for Foundation Center's FundingtheOcean.org portal, explores how the Walton Family Foundation, isusing a systems approach to make the seafood business more sustainable. It includes the perspective of one of it's grantees in the area, the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, and how they worked together with industry and private partners to create a tipping point in the business practices of fisheries producing seafood commodity products.

Foundation Maps for Media Funding

June 28, 2016

This report offers an overview of Foundation Maps for Media Funding, a free, interactive mapping and research tool that shows the full scope of philanthropically-funded media projects worldwide since 2009. Developed by Foundation Center and available on the Media Impact Funders' website, this new tool enables users to see, understand, and dig deep into the numbers, networks, and trends surrounding media and philanthropy.

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YouthBank Model Has Global Appeal

May 13, 2014

Philanthropy is about strategy and choices. When foundations make choices and award grants, young people do not usually have a say in them, even when the grants affect them. Yet, young people have tremendous capacity to listen, to understand, and to make tough decisions. Involving them in grantmaking can have huge benefits and some interesting practices are emerging that give young people a prominent role in grantmaking. This case story explores in more detail one model -- Youth Bank -- that engages young people directly in grantmaking.Inspired by practices of community foundations in the US and Canada, the model is spreading rapidly in Europe and globally. It particularly appeals to funders who are interested in engaging young people more actively with their communities. Since the model is very much hands on and youth-led, YouthBank has a strong appeal for young people.