External Resources

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In-Depth knowledge on External Content

Expanding Public-Private Partnerships

From the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Warrior and Family Support, this white paper released at the 2013 Fall Conference for Community Foundations highlights successful examples of partnerships, challenges to public-private partnerships, and a way ahead in supporting our military families.

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A Short Guide to Impact Investing - The Case Foundation

This guide is intended to help bring newcomers into the game. We hope it helps high net worth individuals, family offices and others to know some of the questions, if not the answers, to determine what’s right for them and what to do next to move toward meaningful, measurable impact.

Chinese and Chinese American Philanthropy

This report, authored by the Global Chinese Philanthropy Initiative, examines the giving patterns of Chinese and Chinese American philanthropists to examine what motivates them and what barriers exist to strengthening giving.

Silver Threads Amongst the Gold: Philanthropy and Aging in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore

This report from Credite Suisse examines philanthropy and grantmaking patterns around issues of old age.

From Chaos to Community

The guide aims to inspire individuals and citizen groups to act in organized, effective ways to help people in communities hit by disasters to reclaim their future. It includes concrete suggestions and clear steps towards recovering, rebuilding and re-establishing a sense of security, safety and vitality in these communities. Through models of successful past recovery efforts and widsom from survivors, From Chaos to Community will help those affected by disaster join together, rebuild, and even pay forward their experience to survivors of future disasters as they tackle their own challenges.

South Africa Giving 2017

This report from the Charities Aid Foundation provides an analysis of charitable giving in South Africa.

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Building to Last: A Grantmaker’s Guide to Strengthening Nonprofit Organizations

This guide from the TCC Group provides an overview of how grantmakers can launch or enhance a robust capacity-building program that focuses on strengthening their grantees.

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Recommendations for Cross-sector Partnerships Supporting Military Families and Veterans

Read the joint reccomendations by U.S. Secretary of VA and the Council's former CEO, Vikki Spruil, on cross-sector partnerships supporting military families and veterans.

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The Difficult Transition from Military to Civilian Life

Why do some veterans have a hard time readjusting to civilian life while others make the transition with little or no difficulty? To answer that question, Pew researchers analyzed the attitudes, experiences and demographic characteristic of veterans to identify the factors that independently predict whether a service member will have an easy or difficult re-entry experience.

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D5: Final State of the Work - Stories from the Movement to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

D5’s Final State of the Work highlights voices of leaders in the field who share their stories of change and progress. Some are longtime advocates; some are newer enthusiasts. Each of them shares a perspective on what has worked and what challenges remain as they lead their institutions through changes to meet the demands of a new America.