External Resources

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In-Depth knowledge on External Content

GlobalGiving: Trump Is Right-And Wrong-About Section 230

Dive into Section 230 of the United States Communications Decency Act with GlobalGiving CEO Alix Guerrier, and discover why it matters to a nonprofit on a mission to accelerate community-led change—and you.

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Hacking the Sustainable Development Goals: Can US Cities Measure Up?

This report shows that the majority of SDG targets are relevant to US cities and data are generally available to track progress locally, although gaps exist. It provides recommendations to help fill these gaps and create the conditions for better use of data to drive local progress on the SDGs.

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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Mission Investors Exchange Opportunity Zones Resources

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

Growing Giving in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania

This report from Charities Aid Foundation, Aga Khan Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and the UK Lottery Fund provides detailed data about the culture of giving in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

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IRS Publication 4302: A Charity's Guide to Car Donations

Types of car donation programs and their impact on tax-exempt status, taxable income, and deductible contributions.

Innovia Foundation Anti-Hate Funding Policy alongside Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policies

Innovia Foundation has made an intentional commitment to advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in everything they do. In 2019, the Foundation designed its Strategic Framework with these three values in mind: Innovative | Inclusive | Collaborative.

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Catalytic First Loss Capital

This issue brief from the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) details the motivations, benefits, considerations and suitable scenarios behind the use of catalytic first-loss capital in impact investing transactions. Catalytic first-loss capital refers to socially- and environmentally-driven credit enhancement provided by an investor or grant-maker who agrees to bear first losses in an investment in order to catalyze the participation of co-investors that otherwise would not have entered the deal. Catalytic first-loss capital has gained recent prominence in impact investing dialogue as more investors look to enter the market.

Horizon Forum: What Do the Experts Say: The Free Speech, Hate Speech Debate

As current levels of social and political polarization reach new heights, so do discussions about extremism, disinformation, and hate speech. But what do these terms mean for institutions such as philanthropy, technology, and media which straddle and blur the boundaries between public and private life?

Philanthropy in Brazil

A working paper from Alliance magazine, WINGS, and Philanthropy Network for Social Justice analyzing terms and trends of philanthropy and social investment in Brazil. This report examines the political atmosphere for philantrhopy, as well as the current status, challenges, and potential of the sector.