External Resources

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In-Depth knowledge on External Content

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Philanthropy and the SDGs: Getting Started

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' guide for philanthropy to get started with the SDGs.

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When Disaster Strikes: A Guide for Community Foundations

This Community Foundations of Canada resource provides insight into the unique role of a community foundation and outlines key ways they can contribute to supporting their community in the event of a disaster.

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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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.

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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GMF: 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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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.