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More than Money: Making a Difference with Assistance Beyond the Grant

From the Center for Effective Philanthropy, most of foundations’ efforts to contribute ‘beyond the money’ have little beneficial impact on grantees. More than Money: Making a Difference with Assistance Beyond the Grant reveals that only when foundation staff provide assistance beyond the grant in one of two ways do grantees report a substantially more positive experience with their funders. Three exemplary foundations are profiled: Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Winter Park Health Foundation, and the Wallace Foundation.

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.

Philanthropic Journalism Funding in Germany

This report from the Journalism Funders Forum analyzes and summarizes grantmaking to German journalism and media outlets.

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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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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.

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Renewing the Commitment: An ADA Compliance Guide for Nonprofits

From The Chicago Community Trust, this guide is for all nonprofit organizations that share The Chicago Community Trust's commitment to diversity.

Effective Philanthropy in Brazil

This report from McKinsey&Company is a study of existing barriers and potential actions to increase and improve effective philanthropy in Brazil.

The Role of Foundations in Public Debates in Germany

This article explores the history of foundations in Germany and assesses their public role, both as contributors of arguments and policy papers, and as objects of public debate.

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Handbook on Responsible Investment Across Asset Classes

From Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, this handbook on responsible investing provides the blueprint for foundation asset managers interested in multiplying their organization’s impact on society through options that link mission with investments that create long-term value to society

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The History of Violence

This publication from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explores the history of violence and the reasons why it has become a greater focus for public health in recent decades.