External Resources

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In-Depth knowledge on External Content

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.

Navigating the Territory: A Guide to Impact Investing for Donors

You can become an impact investor today. This guide created by The Philanthropic Initiative will help you learn the different options you have for aligning your financial assets with your social goals to help for-profit and non-profit social benefit organizations become stronger and more sustainable. If you're an individual, family or foundation intrigued by the opportunities presented through impact investing, this guide will help you get started.

Giving USA 2019

Amid a complex climate for charitable giving, American individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations gave an estimated $427.71 billion to U.S. charities in 2018.

India Giving 2019

An overview of charitable giving in India by Charities Aid Foundation.

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East Bay Community Foundation Due Diligence Policy for Grantmaking

The East Bay Community Foundation Due Diligence Policy for Grantmaking ensures that grants are made in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of our philanthropic goals of eliminating structural barriers, advancing racial equity, and transforming political, social, and economic outcomes.

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Working Better Together: Building Nonprofit Collaborative Capacity

Collective action is an effective way for nonprofits to increase their impact, but they often lack the key capacities that enable these types of partnerships to thrive. This publication from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) offers insights on the core capacities nonprofits need to collaborate and how funders can help.

WaPo: Kroger unknowingly funneled donations to a militant group. After the Capitol riots, it's cutting it off.

When Kroger launched its community rewards program more than seven years ago, the supermarket chain pitched the initiative as a way shoppers could support charities of their choosing. But, the company said Tuesday, one of the nonprofit groups being funded through the program was the Indiana Oath Keepers — the local branch of a self-styled militia group whose members now are accused of planning to storm the U.S. Capitol days in advance.

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A Quest for Equality: Breaking the Barriers for People with Disabilities

From The Chicago Community Trust, this white paper challenges all of us with a set of thoughtful recommendations to realize our promise for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in our communities, our schools and our workplaces.

Opinion: Nonprofits Have a Role to Play in Building Bridges in a Polarized World

America finds itself in a moment of political polarization. At times, nonprofits can reflect or even magnify that polarization. But at our best, we can serve as a bridge across the cultural chasms of our time. Americans across the political spectrum want to live in thriving communities — and every day, nonprofits help communities thrive.