Understanding Philanthropy

As you visit websites in this sub-section also take time to skim through the links in the other subsections of the fund raising section of this library.

"IMPOSSIBLE TO JUSTIFY." A POLITICAL SCIENTIST TAKES ON AMERICAN PHILANTHROPY
https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2019/1/7/impossible-to-justify-a-political-scientist-takes-on-american-philanthropy
This article is a review of a Dec. 2018 book by Rob Reich, faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Here's one quote from the article:  apart from other critics, though, is that he’s a political philosopher who brings theoretical rigor to a subject that still receives only sparse attention from academics. That deeper approach is on display in a new book Reich published in November, "Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better."

360 GIVING - STUDIES UK PHILANTHROPY
https://www.threesixtygiving.org/
From the web site: "Our mission is to support UK grantmakers to publish information on who, where and what they fund in an open, standardised format to build a better picture of the funding landscape and boost its impact. We have created the 360Giving Standard so funders can share and compare this information." Established 2015.

ABOUT GLASSPOCKETS -TRANSPARENCY OF FOUNDATIONS
https://glasspockets.org/about-glasspockets
Glasspockets is "reviewing the web sites of the largest foundations to reveal their current online transparency and accountability practices." This seems like a valuable resource for grant seekers and grant makers.

ARTICLES ON PHILANTHROPY AND PLANNED GIVING
https://philanthropy.iupui.edu/research/prior-research/index.html
This page on the web site of the Center on Philanthropy at the University of Indiana offers a wealth of information for donors and non profit leaders.

CANDID - FORMED BY MERGER OF FOUNDATION CENTER & GUIDESTAR
https://candid.org/
Candid was created in 2019 by the merger of the resources of two long-time giants in the NonProfit and Philanthropic world. This site is one of the most comprehensive resource libraries in the world and over the past decade has absorbed many other sites into its umbrella of services.

CHARITABLE GIVING TRENDS - NATIONAL PHILANTHROPIC TRUST
https://www.nptrust.org/philanthropic-resources/charitable-giving-statistics/
This site provide data on charitable giving in the US and many other resources for donors and non profit leaders.

CHARITY (CHECK) 101- FREE DIRECTORY OF IRS-RECOGNIZED CHARITIES AND NONPROFITS
https://charitycheck101.org/
On this web site you can search by zip code, FEIN, or charity name and find most resent financial information about the organization. 

CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY - ON-LINE RESOURCE
https://www.philanthropy.com/
The  Chronicle of Philanthropy site has a wealth of information for non profit and philanthropic leaders. You need to subscribe to access most of these.

CURRENT TRENDS IN PHILANTHROPY
https://pndblog.typepad.com/pndblog/author-larry-mcgill/
This link points to six articles about data use in philanthropy written by Larry McGill, vice president for research at the Foundation Center.

EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM - HOW CAN WE USE OUR RESOURCES TO HELP OTHERS THE MOST?
https://www.effectivealtruism.org/
From the web site: "Effective altruism is about answering one simple question: how can we use our resources to help others the most?  Rather than just doing what feels right, we use evidence and careful analysis to find the very best causes to work on.  But it's no use answering the question unless you act on it. Effective altruism is about following through. It's about being generous with your time and your money to do the most good you can."

FORD FOUNDATION TO FOCUS ON INEQUALITY - 2015 AND BEYOND
https://www.fordfoundation.org/just-matters/just-matters/posts/moving-the-ford-foundation-forward/
This article describes the Ford Foundation's new strategic focus on inequality, describing it as "at the root of nearly every injustice".

FOREFRONT - ENGAGING FOR IMPACT (WAS DONORS FORUM)
https://myforefront.org/
From the web site:  "Forefront (formerly the Donors Forum of Chicago) is building a vibrant social impact sector for all the people in Illinois through four key strategies: Attracting Investment to the Sector, Developing Top Talent, Improving Systems and Policies, and Building Organizational Capacity."

FOUNDATION ACCOUNTABILITY IN NETWORKED AGE
https://www.alliancemagazine.org/opinion/gorillas-in-the-midst-foundation-accountability-in-a-networked-age/
The writer of this article titled "Gorillas in the midst: foundation accountability in a networked age" reflects on the power of foundations and the lack of accountability. The article offers "four behaviors that are proving necessary for any business, government agency or non-profit to maintain a social licence in this dynamic environment" 

FOUNDATION MAPS IS POWERED BY CANDID'S WORLD-CLASS PHILANTHROPY DATA
https://maps.foundationcenter.org/home.php
From the web site: "By tapping into our vast database of information on grantmakers and grants, and providing access to a diverse array of demographic, socio-economic, and other data, Philanthropy In/Sight  enables grantmakers to identify areas of greatest need and visualize philanthropy's impact on different metropolitan areas."  Browse the site. 

FUNDING CENTRE - AUSTRALIA
https://explore.fundingcentre.com.au/tools-resources/home#fundraising-fundamentals
While this focuses on Australia, it offers tips that non profits anywhere can use. Take a look.

FUNDING TRENDS DASHBOARD - UK
https://jpvsilva88.github.io/funding-trends/
This is an interesting effort to understand funding trends in the UK. The dashboard is hosted on Github. Here's it's description: "Funding Trends helps people understand grant-making data from 360Giving in a new and exciting way. Users can zoom out on the data to see the overall funding trends and then zoom in to take a closer look at dedicated dashboards for each funder for the time period 2013-17."

GIVING IN ILLINOIS - FOREFRONT REPORTS
https://myforefront.org/search/?fwp_search=giving%20in%20illinois%20
Search on this page and find annual reports on giving by Illinois Foundations. These are produced by Forefront and The Foundation Center.

HOW AMERICA GIVES - A MAP OF PHILANTHROPY AND GIVING IN AMERICA
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The Chronicle of Philanthropy conducted to examine giving data by ZIP code and by income level in every city and town in the United States.  The study is based on exact dollar amounts released by the Internal Revenue Service showing the value of charitable deductions claimed by American taxpayers. It is not based on extrapolations from spot surveys or statistical models."  Create your own maps and use them in advocacy to improve the flow of dollars to volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in under-served areas

INDEPENDENT SECTOR
https://independentsector.org/
From the web site: "Independent Sector is a nonprofit coalition of more than 700 national organizations, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs, collectively representing tens of thousands of charitable groups in every state across the nation. Its mission is to promote, strengthen, advance the non profit and philanthropic community to foster private initiative for the public good. 

INSIDE PHILANTHROPY - READ BLOG ARTICLES
https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/
From the web site: "We created Inside Philanthropy with a simple goal: To pull back the curtain on one of the most powerful and dynamic forces shaping society. Every day, our team of editors and reporters is digging into how foundations and major donors are giving away their money, and why.  We believe the resources of philanthropy should be accessible to all, not just to those with the right connections, and we seek to explain the world of giving in ways that anyone can understand. If you're looking for funds to support your work, we can help."

LEARNING BY GIVING FOUNDATION - GRANT MAP
https://map.learningbygivingfoundation.org/
From the web site: "The Learning by Giving Foundation only funds undergraduate courses at colleges and universities across the country that offer high quality experiential for-credit courses in philanthropy i.e., those that combine the study of theory with the practice of philanthropy." The Grant Map shows where they fund. It's a tool that would be great to see on every donor web site.

MINNESOTA COUNCIL ON FOUNDATIONS -COLLABORATIVE PHILANTHROPY
https://mcf.org/networks
From the web site: "The Minnesota Council on Foundations expands and strengthens a vibrant community of diverse grantmakers who individually and collectively advance the common good. MCF members represent three-quarters of all grantmaking in the state, awarding more than $1 billion annually."  Many of the resources on the site, such as this page on collaborative philanthropy, can be useful in other states. 

NATIONAL CENTER FOR FAMILY PHILANTHROPY KNOWLEDGE CENTER
https://www.ncfp.org/knowledge-center/
From the web site: "The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) is the only national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to families who give and those who work with them. We provide the resources, expertise and support families need to transform their values into effective giving that makes a lasting impact on the communities they serve. Together, we make great things happen." 

NEO PHILANTHROPY - FOCUS ON SOCIAL JUSTICE
https://neophilanthropy.org/about/
From the web site: "NEO Philanthropy is a 501(c)(3) public charity committed to building strong social justice movements. As an intermediary, we bridge the gap that often exists between funders and organizations doing the work, through collaborative funds, fiscal sponsorships, donor services and capacity building." Visit the web site to learn more. 

NONPROFIT QUARTERLY - RESOURCE FOR NPO SECTOR
https://nonprofitquarterly.org/
This is an on-line publication and meeting place for members of the non profit and social sector. Subscription may be required to view some sections and articles.

NONPROFIT TIMES
https://www.thenonprofittimes.com/
This is a business publication for nonprofit management that delivers news, business information and original research on the daily operations of tax-exempt organizations.

NONPROFIT WORKS
http://ccss.jhu.edu/nonprofit-works/help/
From the web site: "America's nonprofit sector employs the third largest workforce of any of the 18 industries into which statistical authorities divide the American economy. What is more, it is adding employment at a rate that exceeds that of the country's business sector. Yet, due to the way national economic data are kept, these facts are unknown to most policymakers--as well as to most leaders in the nonprofit sector itself.  

The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies' Nonprofit Economic Data project (NED) has created NonProfit Works (2017) to  share previously untapped source of data generated through the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) with the general public."  Browse the site to learn more.

ON-LINE DONATION SERVICES
https://www.affinityresources.com/pgs/awz55Online2.shtml
This web site is home of a consulting firm called Affinity Resources, which helps non profits with marketing, on-line fund raising and capital campaigns. This link points to a page where they show a comprehensive matrix that lists many of the major online donation web sites available (in 2012) and breaks down the associated costs.

PHILAMPLIFY SEEKS TO MAXIMIZE IMPACT OF GRANT MAKERS
https://www.ncrp.org/publications/philamplify
From the web site: "Philamplify is an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) that aims to maximize the impact of our country’s grantmakers. By providing a modern, user-friendly space to gather straightforward feedback from everyone involved in philanthropy, the project brings together voices that have traditionally been unheard."   Browse the web site to learn more.

PHILANTHROPIC INITIATIVE, INC.
https://www.tpi.org/about
From the web site:  "The Philanthropic Initiative, Inc. (TPI) is a nonprofit advisory team that designs, carries out and evaluates philanthropic programs for individual donors, families, foundations, and corporations. Since it was founded in 1989, TPI's goal has been to help clients to invest in their own values, communities and societies for maximum impact.  TPI also encourages a positive climate for philanthropy and actively promotes effective giving through our work with community foundations, Regional Associations of Grantmakers and others."

PHILANTHROPY AND COVID-19: MEASURING ONE YEAR OF GIVING-2021 REPORT
https://www.issuelab.org/resources/38039/38039.pdf
This report (PDF) by Candid and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) looked at the philanthropic dollars that were distributed for COVID-19 in all of 2020.  

PHILANTHROPY CENTER AT BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY
https://heller.brandeis.edu/sillerman/
From the web site:  "The Sillerman Center engages in research about social justice philanthropy, the impact philanthropy can have on public policy and philanthropy education.  Center research  has direct application in the field.  Applied social science is used to shed light on emerging issues in the field of philanthropy.  An interdisciplinary perspective aligns perfectly with the study of philanthropy, an area inherently interdisciplinary in nature."

RELATIONSHIP BASED SYSTEMS IN PHILANTHROPY
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This is an article By John Esterle, The Whitman Institute; Malka Kopell, Civity; Palma Strand, Civity. It begins with these two statements: "Investing in relationships, according to Esterle, Kopell, and Strand, “is a systems-savvy strategy” because “building relationships — relationships of respect and empathy — has the capacity to neutralize the relationships of exploitation, marginalization, and oppression that lie at the core of our social challenges.” “Influencing systems, rather than attempting to control them, calls funders to a new and promising approach to maximizing impact on democracy and civic life. This approach calls for directly investing in relationships, engaging relationally with grantees, and partnering with grantees in the enterprise of joint learning and growth."  Read the full article.

ROBIN HOOD FOUNDATION - FOCUS ON POVERTY IN NYC
https://www.robinhood.org/
From the web site:  "Robin Hood is New York's largest poverty-fighting organization, and since 1988 has focused on finding, funding and creating programs and schools that generate meaningful results for families in New York's poorest neighborhoods."

SOCIAL CHANGE PHILANTHROPY ARTICLE
https://nonprofitquarterly.org/working-for-social-justice-with-social-change-philanthropy/
The writer wrote this in 2012 and says "Things haven’t changed much and I think that’s sad.  Social change philanthropy is about organizing and activism. It’s about engaging all members of our society in dialogue and action."   It's now 2022 and still not much has changed. Read more and share this with your network.

STATE OF NONPROFIT SECTOR - NONPROFIT FINANCE FUND
https://nff.org/learn/survey
From the web site: "The NPFF State of the Sector survey is a widely cited barometer of US nonprofits' programmatic, management, and financial health. We gather, analyze, share, and drive dialogue about this critical data." This is one of many resources on this site that NPO leaders should get to know.

STUDY OF HIGH NET WORTH PHILANTHROPY - 2018
https://scholarworks.iupui.edu/bitstream/handle/1805/17666/high-net-worth2018-summary.pdf
From the web site: "The 2018 U.S. Trust® Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy1 (the “Study”) is the seventh in a biennial series of reports on the giving and volunteering practices of wealthy households in the United States. Based on a nationally representative random sample of wealthy households, the Study is an authoritative source of information on wealthy Americans’ philanthropic attitudes and practices." 

SYSTEMS CHANGE PHILANTHROPY - RESOURCE OF CHANDLER FOUNDATION
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This PDF is titled "Systems Change Philanthropy:  An Initial Landscape of Actors, Initiatives and Resources" and is a "list of the actors, initiatives, and informational resources at the intersection of systems change and philanthropy."   It's in PDF format but the links are live. 

TCC GROUP - THOUGHT LEADERSHIP FOR NPOS, PHILANTHROPY, BUSINESS
https://www.tccgrp.com/service/strategy/
From the web site:  "Our staff regularly publish and present insights from our work and develop new frameworks, tools, and resources for the social sector. TCC Group's knowledge is typically shared through a number of formats, including briefing papers, presentations, webinars, articles in leading publications, and our newsletters. Feedback is very important to us, and we invite your comments on these materials." 

THE BOSTON FOUNDATION - UNDERSTANDING BOSTON RESOURCE
https://www.tbf.org/
From the web site: "We work with donors to increase the impact of their giving and, using our own resources, programs and activities, support thriving people and vibrant places with a strategic focus on: Education, Health and Wellness, Jobs and Economic Development, Neighborhoods & Housing and Arts & Culture." 

THE CENTER ON PHILANTHROPY AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY
https://philanthropy.iupui.edu/
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University increases the understanding of philanthropy and improves its practice through programs in research, teaching, public service and public affairs.

THE CENTRE FOR EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM, BASED IN UK
https://www.centreforeffectivealtruism.org/
From the web site: "The Centre for Effective Altruism helps to grow and maintain the effective altruism movement. Our mission is to a) create a global community of people who have made helping others a core part of their lives, and who use evidence and scientific reasoning to figure out how to do so as effectively as possible; and b) make the advancement of the wellbeing of all a worldwide intellectual project, doing for the pursuit of good what the Scientific Revolution did for the pursuit of truth."

THE EVERYDAY PHILANTHROPIST - CHANGE HOW PEOPLE THINK ABOUT NON-PROFITS
https://www.danpallotta.com/the-everyday-philanthropist-discounts#everyday-philanthropist-1
The Everyday Philanthropist and The Flat Org Chart are two new books (2020) by Dan Pallotta, who, for many years, has been working to change how non-profit organizations are funded and how they are able to operate and solve real world problems. Visit the web site to read more of Pallotta's vision and the purpose of these two new resources.

Article Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC wrote about DanPallotta https://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2013/08/pallotta-ted-talk-discussion-solutions.html

THE FUNDERS' NETWORK
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From the web site: "The Funders’ Network is a membership organization that helps grantmakers across North America advance strategies to create fair, prosperous, and sustainable regions and communities that offer everyone the chance for a good life. We believe that the suite of tools available to funders?investing, grantmaking, collaborating, convening, facilitating, and more?uniquely position them to lead the movement for smarter growth policies and practices that benefit both places and people."

THE HAUSER INSTITUTE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY
https://cpl.hks.harvard.edu/hauser-institute
From the web site: "The Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard University is a university-wide center for the study of civil society and nonprofit organizations. The Hauser Institute seeks to expand understanding and accelerate critical thinking about civil society, its leaders and institutions among scholars, practitioners, policy makers and the general public by encouraging scholarship, developing curriculum, fostering mutual learning between academics and practitioners, and shaping policies that enhance the sector and its role in society." 

THE NATIONAL CENTER ON PHILANTHROPY AND THE LAW
https://www.law.nyu.edu/centers/lawphilosophy
From the web site: "The NYU School of Law Center for Law and Philosophy is the institutional home for the extensive research and teaching in law and philosophy that has long been a hallmark of the Law School. At NYU, law and philosophy is not just legal philosophy, narrowly construed. To the contrary, we prefer to think of legal, moral, and political philosophy as three aspects of the one single subject. Moreover, we reject artificial disciplinary boundaries. Some of the scholars most actively involved in the Center are economists or political scientists by training."

TWENTY-FIVE THESES ABOUT FOUNDATIONS
https://postcards.typepad.com/white_telephone/2010/11/the-twenty-five-theses-.html
This look at foundations was written by  Albert Ruesga, CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. II found it on the Tactical Philanthropy blog.

UNITED PHILANTHROPY FORUM
https://www.unitedphilforum.org/learn
From the web site: "The Forum provides a wide range of data and knowledge to inform the work of regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) and their member philanthropic organizations. This includes Forum-produced research on PSO operations as well as research and other information and knowledge produced by our PSO members and colleague organizations.."

W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION - RESOURCE DIRECTORY
https://www.wkkf.org/resource-directory
From the web site: "The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) places the optimal development of children at the center of all we do and calls for healing the profound racial gaps and inequities that exist in our communities. We believe in supporting and building upon the mindsets, methods and modes of change that hold promise to advance children’s best interests generally, and those of vulnerable children in particular." This  link points to the Foundation's Resource Directory.

WHAT IF PHILANTHROPY ISN'T THE BEST WAY TO HELP PEOPLE? - ARTICLE
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This 2017 Washington Post article challenges thinking of traditional philanthropy and is well worth reading.

 
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