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Personal Strategy: Mobilizing Your Self for Effective Grantmaking

From Grantcraft, whether it's introducing new ideas into your foundation or offering constructive feedback to a grantee, grantmakers can develop personal strategies to meet the "soft" challenges of grantmaking. Effective personal strategy helps practitioners use their understanding of self and role - as learner, analyst, bridge builder - to manage the tensions that come with the job. In this guide, contributors discuss the elements of personal strategy and how it helps grantmakers to leverage their strengths in service to their objectives. The guide also explores why some grantmakers are able to think and work like "naturals" - and how the rest of us can emulate their style.

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.

Philanthropic Journalism Funding in Germany

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

The Global Landscape of Philanthropy

This report from Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) presents an anlysis of the current trends in global philanthropy.

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Case Study: Expanding Philanthropy - Mission-Related Investing at the F.B. Heron Foundation

Prepared by the Southern New Hampshire University's School of Community Economic Development and available through Mission Investors Exchange, this case study explores the details of the F.B. Heron Foundation's rationale, exploration, and implementation of its mission-related investment strategy, and reviews tools (including PRIs), specific investments, interim outcomes, and lessons learned. The case study provides a walk-through of how Heron applies its Mission-related Investment Continuum to its portfolio.

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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.

Effective Philanthropy in Brazil

This report from McKinsey&Company is a study of existing barriers and potential actions to increase and improve effective philanthropy in Brazil.