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US Impact Investing Alliance Resources on Opportunity Zones

Get more of the resources you need to learn about Opportunity Zones from the US Impact Investing Alliance.

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D5: Policies, Practices, and Programs for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

To support leaders in their efforts to take meaningful action to address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their organizations, D5 commissioned JustPartners, Inc. to identify the most effective policies, practices, and programs to advance DEI.

Greater Milwaukee Foundation: A Journey in Racial Equity and Inclusion

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is Wisconsin’s largest community foundation and since 1915, has partnered with generous donors to strengthen the region in every way imaginable. Over these many years, the Foundation has grown along with the community it serves, expanding on its founding purpose as a philanthropic resource to encompass a broader role of community leadership, strategic investment and advocacy.

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Connecting Community Foundations with the SDGs (Europe)

The European Community Foundation Initiative report provides in-depth examples of community foundations throughout Europe adopting the SDGs and how they can work towards achieving the goals.

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Global Philanthropy Report

This report prepared by the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government examines the magnitude, vitality, and impact of global institutional philanthropy.

PEAK Grantmaking: Resources for How to Tie Values to Funding Practices

PEAK Grantmaking calls on funders to thoughtfully examine how their values are reflected in their practices and ensure consistency between what they say and what they do.

Strengthening Philanthropic Giving & Impact Investing in India

This study from Intellecap and the MacArthur Foundation examines the emerging areas of philanthropic giving and impact investing in India as instuments of the country's development.

Africa's Wealthy Give Back: A Perspective on Philanthropic Giving by Wealthy Africans in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a Focus on Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa

This report from UBS Wealth Management examines African philanthropy and charitable giving by wealthy donors to Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa

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The Four Ps of Marketing: A Roadmap to Greater Visibility for Community Foundations

Visibility is vital to community foundations as they seek to gain credibility and attract new resources. But how can younger and smaller community foundations best use their limited marketing budgets? What audiences should they target first? How important is broad public awareness — and how much investment does it merit? This paper, written by Williams Group, addresses these questions and offers a tested model along with relevant examples and worksheets to help any community foundation create and manage its marketing program.