External Resources

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In-Depth knowledge on External Content

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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.

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Community Foundations, Meet Opportunity Zones

Discover how you can position your community foundation to best take advantage of opportunity zones.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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Should corporate philanthropy be neutral?

The paradox of neutrality doesn’t stop at the doors of giving platforms. Corporations must also examine how the donors and recipients on these platforms align with their corporate values. Consider a company that publishes an annual Corporate Social Responsibility (‘CSR’) report that touts their stance against human rights abuses, their support of inclusion and equality, and their non-negotiable expectation for ethical conduct from all business partners.

Mexico Community Foundations: A Comprehensive Profile

This report examines the state of community foundations in Mexico

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Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing

The interactive Field Guide takes community foundations through three main stages of the impact investing journey: Learn, Design, and Activate. At each stage, visitors can click on various topics within that stage to learn more about what the topic entails and how other community foundations have approached place-based investing.