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Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking

October 2, 2018

Funders are increasingly looking to engage the communities they serve in the grantmaking process, but there are few resources about how to do so. In this guide, we explore how funders can engage in participatory grantmaking and cede decision-making power about funding decisions to the very communities they aim to serve. Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking illustrates why and how funders around the world are engaging in this practice that is shifting traditional power dynamics in philanthropy. Created with input from a number of participatory grantmakers, the guide shares challenges, lessons learned, and best practices for engaging in inclusive grantmaking. 

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The State of Global Giving by U.S. Foundations, 2011-2015

August 14, 2018

The State of Global Grantmaking Giving by U.S. Foundations is the latest report in a decades-long collaboration between Foundation Center and The Council on Foundations and aims to help funders and civil society organizations better navigate the giving landscape as they work to effect change around the world. The analysis reveals that global giving by U.S. foundations increased by 29% from 2011 to 2015, reaching an all-time high of $9.3 billion in 2015. In addition to a detailed analysis of trends by issue area, geographic region, population group, and donor strategy, this analysis also relates these trends to key events and developments, including the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the spread of Ebola in West Africa, and the increasing legal restrictions faced by civil society in countries around the world.

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A Scan of Community Foundations Accepting Cryptocurrency Gifts

December 14, 2018

With the proliferation of bitcoin and other forms of digital (or "crypto") currencies around the world, a growing number of charitable donations are being given via these transaction vehicles. To what extent have community foundations entered this space? Which cryptocurrencies are the most popular in the field, and which are the most popular digital payment platforms? And how do processes surrounding these gifts differ across the field? CF Insights recently conducted a survey of U.S.-based community foundations to explore these questions, and more.

Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy, 2018

November 8, 2018

Every year, disasters and humanitarian crises affect millions of people globally. This report analyzes disaster-related funding in 2016 from foundations, bilateral and multilateral donors, the U.S. federal government, corporations, and smaller donors who gave through donor-advised funds and online platforms.

U.S. Foundation Funding for Latin America, 2014–2015: With Additional Analysis on Central America

October 22, 2018

This report examines grantmaking in 2014 and 2015 for Latin America by large U.S.foundations, with a closer look at philanthropy for Central America.

Aportes filantrópicos de fundaciones estadounidenses para América Latina, 2014–2015.

October 22, 2018

Este reporte evalúa los aportes filantrópicos efectuados entre 2014 y 2015 para América Latina, con un examen más detenido en las contribuciones benéficas destinadas a Centroamérica.

U.S. Foundation Funding for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Infrastructure, 2004-2015

October 8, 2018

There is a complex ecosystem of organizations working to enable, strengthen, and evolve the work of philanthropy, nonprofits, and civil society around the world. From communities of practice that build skills and encourage collaboration to data and research that inform solutions and foster transparency, these organizations provide a much-needed backbone for work on our most critical global challenges. New research from Foundation Center aims to map the composition of and support for this ecosystem of infrastructure organizations so that we can better align and improve efforts to build a better future.

Giving in Illinois 2018

September 21, 2018

Giving in Illinois 2018 reveals the scope and giving priorities of the Illinois foundation community. Illinois foundation giving reached a record $4.6 billion in 2016, nearly tripling since 2006. (Adjusted for inflation, giving rose 140 percent.) By comparison, giving by U.S. foundations overall rose 77 percent during this period (or 48 percent after inflation). The analysis in this report is based on the Foundation Center's 2016 grants set, which includes all of the grants of $10,000 or more reported by 1,000 of the largest U.S. independent, corporate, community, and grantmaking operating foundations by total giving. The sample included 60 Illinois foundations with giving totaling $1.1 billion.

Assessing the Need for a Nationwide Community Foundation CEO Network

September 20, 2018

In partnership with a group of community foundation leaders, CF Insights conducted a field-wide survey of community foundation CEOs to determine the strength of demand for their own formalized, unified network, which would allow them to connect to each other on issues relevant to chief executives from across the community foundation field. This report examines the results.

Uganda: Data Strategy and Capacity Building (Fourth Workshop)

June 6, 2018

FC and EAPN, in partnership with other stakeholders, have carried out a series of workshopsas part of the Data Strategy and Capacity Building Program. As a continuation of the series, a fourth workshop took place on December 4, 2017 in Kampala. This report highlights the key outcomes and discussions of the fourth workshop in this series of workshops.

Tanzania: Data Strategy and Capacity Building (Fourth Workshop)

June 6, 2018

FC and EAPN, in partnership with other stakeholders, have carried out a series of workshopsas part of the Data Strategy and Capacity Building Program in Tanzania. As a continuation of the series, a fourth workshop took place on December 6, 2017 in Dar Es Salaam. This report highlights the key outcomes and discussions of the fourth workshop in this series of workshops.

Kenya: Data Strategy and Capacity Building (Fourth Workshop)

June 6, 2018

FC and EAPN, in partnership with other stakeholders, have carried out a series of workshops as part of the Data Strategy and Capacity Building Program in Kenya. As a continuation of the series, a fourth workshop took place on November 30, 2017 in Nairobi. This report highlights the key outcomes and discussions of the fourth workshop of this series of workshops.