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Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted from Purpose: Challenges and Opportunities in Grant Application and Reporting

April 1, 2008

Are nonprofits drowning in paperwork and distracted from purpose as a result of grantmakers' application and reporting requirements? Do the same practices that grantmakers use to increase effectiveness end up over-burdening both grantmakers and grantseekers—and diminishing their effectiveness? This research report commissioned by Project Streamline addresses these questions by examining current application and reporting practices and their impact on grantmakers and grantseekers alike. In short, we found that the current system creates significant burdens on the time, energy and ultimate effectiveness of nonprofit practitioners.

Special Topic Trends

Giving in the Aftermath of the Gulf Coast Hurricanes: Update on the Foundation and Corporate Response

August 15, 2007

Provides a comprehensive record of the resources that institutional donors provided in response to the Gulf Coast hurricanes. Includes an analysis of interviews with ten of the top twenty-five independent foundations that responded to the disaster.

National Trends; Special Topic Trends

The Evaluation Conversation: A Path to Impact for Foundation Boards and Executives

November 1, 2006

Explores changing the role of evaluation in philanthropy, from a method for measuring program outcomes to a tool for achieving foundation effectiveness and accountability. Part of the series "Practice Matters: The Improving Philanthropy Project".

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Giving in the Aftermath of the Gulf Coast Hurricanes: Report on the Foundation and Corporate Response

August 1, 2006

Documents the scope, purpose, and recipients of hurricane response giving by foundations and corporations, and examines the impact of hurricane response funding on the grantmaking practices of larger private and community foundations.

National Trends; Special Topic Trends

Philanthropies Working Together: Myths and Realities

February 1, 2005

Takes up the question of foundation individualism and examines the gap between the rhetoric and real incentives of collaboration. Part of the series Practice Matters: The Improving Philanthropy Project.

Special Topic Trends

Philanthropies Working Together: Myths and Realities - Executive Summary

February 1, 2005

Collaboration is on the rise in philanthropy, yet it is still relatively infrequent. Based on interviews with 19 leaders in philanthropy, this paper examines the forces that promote or stifle collaboration, and highlights the advantages and disadvantages of the major approaches now in use. Funders are advised to carefully assess the potential costs and benefits of engaging in collaborative activities because they can require more organizational and financial resources than expected.

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Philanthropies Working Together: Myths and Realities - Discussion Guide

February 1, 2005

This discussion guide is designed to help you think through the concepts presented in Robert Hughe's monograph, Philanthropies Working Together, and consider how you might apply them in the everyday practice of philanthropy. The guide contains a checklist designed to help funders assess whether the conditions are in place for successful collaboration as well as four case scenarios illustrating common dynamics in multi-funder initiatives.

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The Capacity Building Challenge -- Part II: A Funder's Response

April 1, 2004

Presents one grantmaker's perspective on applying the lessons from this research to the craft of making grants that build nonprofit capacity. Part of the series Practice Matters: The Improving Philanthropy Project.

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The Capacity Building Challenge -- Part I: A Research Perspective

April 1, 2004

Examines the capacity building efforts of eight funders and proposes a system for understanding and measuring the outcomes of such efforts. Part of the series Practice Matters: The Improving Philanthropy Project.

Special Topic Trends

Communications for Social Good

April 1, 2004

Examines foundation opportunities and techniques to leverage social change goals through the use of communications media. Part of the series Practice Matters: The Improving Philanthropy Project.

Special Topic Trends

The Capacity Building Challenge: A Research Perspective & A Funder's Response - Executive Summary

April 1, 2004

Investments to enhance the organizational capacity and performance of nonprofits have increased dramatically in recent years. Yet, despite the popularity of the concept, relatively little research is available that clearly demonstrates the value of nonprofit capacity building or links it to improved program outcomes.What is needed are more comparable and comprehensive findings about the outcomes of capacity building, both to ensure the ongoing commitment of funders to support this work and to demonstrate what kinds of capacity building efforts have the greatest effects and when. This paper proposes a system for understanding the various approaches to capacity building and a strategy for measuring the outcomes of capacity building activities

Special Topic Trends

Communications for Social Good - Executive Summary

April 1, 2004

If foundations are more intentional in using communications as a tool for social change, and if they incorporate what is known about how the media affect individuals and groups into their grantmaking, they will be much more likely to achieve the kind of long-term change in public understanding and opinion that is needed to maximize their impact. This paper presents the latest perspectives from communications theory and practice in order to update philanthropic thinking and help philanthropists judge effective communications practices among their grantees and within their own organizations.

Special Topic Trends