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The Capital Absorption Capacity of Places: A Self-Assessment Tool

This tool, developed by Living Cities and the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Harvard Kennedy School, supports communities in understanding what actions they might take to successfully take investment capital and apply it to community development purposes.

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What if we treated violence like a contagious disease?

In this video from TEDMED 2013, epidemiologist Gary Slutkin of Cure Violence says the issue has been misdiagnosed, and instead created science-based strategies that aim to stop violence before it erupts.

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Mission Investors Exchange Opportunity Zones Resources

Learn more from the Mission Investors Exchange about the benefits, risks, and potential of opportunity zones.

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More than Money: Making a Difference with Assistance Beyond the Grant

From the Center for Effective Philanthropy, most of foundations’ efforts to contribute ‘beyond the money’ have little beneficial impact on grantees. More than Money: Making a Difference with Assistance Beyond the Grant reveals that only when foundation staff provide assistance beyond the grant in one of two ways do grantees report a substantially more positive experience with their funders. Three exemplary foundations are profiled: Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Winter Park Health Foundation, and the Wallace Foundation.

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Philanthropy and the SDGs: Practical Tools for Alignment

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' guide for philanthropy on aligning with the SDGs.

Charity and Philanthropy in Russia, China, India, and Brazil

This report, authored by Joan Spero and published in collaboration with WINGS builds greater awareness and understanding of the diversity and challenges of civil society in the so-called BRIC countries. In the absence of comprehensive data on philanthropy in these emerging market economies, the report identifies the cultural, economic, social, and political forces shaping giving in the BRIC countries and describes the growth and nature of their philanthropic activities.

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Atlanta Daily World: Major charity distances itself from donations to controversial groups

A prominent charitable foundation in the South is attempting to distance itself from a controversial network of anti-immigration and population-control groups that it has funded following published reports about the foundation’s contributions to these groups.

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Seattle Foundation Sample Blog Post Announcing a Process to Develop Policy around Anti-Hate and Anti-Harms

This update seeks to provide the latest information about Seattle Foundation's ongoing work to review its current grantmaking policies, and consider ways the Foundation can ensure these policies align with its collective commitment to address the widening disparities in our region.

Philanthropic Journalism Funding in Germany

This report from the Journalism Funders Forum analyzes and summarizes grantmaking to German journalism and media outlets.

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Horizon Forum: The Hate Speech Debate: Implications for the Philanthropic Community

This series, The Hate Speech Debate: Implications for the Philanthropic and Grantmaking Community, is the product of a Horizon Forum convening which gathered a group of nearly 30 stakeholders across community foundations, government, and academia in early March 2021 to advance the national conversation on how to meet the challenge of hate and extremist funding taking placing indirectly in small quarters of the philanthropic sector.