External Resources

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In-Depth knowledge on External Content

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.

National League of Cities Violence Prevention Tools & Resources

A collection of case studies, strategies and reports from the National League of Cities.

Brazil Giving 2019

An overview of charitable giving in Brazil.

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Philanthropic Paths: An Exploratory Study of the Career Pathways of Professionals of Color in Philanthropy

This study conducted by Forward Change provides a holistic, in-depth picture of the career experiences of 43 philanthropic professionals of color ranging from Program Officers to CEOs working in a diverse array of foundations. The study surfaced a set of potentially common points of entry, career pathways and obstacles of professionals of color in philanthropy, as well as the factors that helped shape those pathways.

Grantmakers and Governments: The Possibilities of Partnership

While both governments and philanthropic organizations are committed to community investment, the two sectors do no often partner on projects.  This paper is intended to help philanthropic funders understand more about the context for working with government, as well as the opportunities and challenges they may encounter if they intend to work with government at any level. 

India Philanthropy Report 2018: Understanding Tomorrow's Strategic Givers

This report from Dasra explores strategic giving in India by examining how philanthropists can give more effectively to increase the impact of their giving.

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NGOsource

NGOsource, a project of the Council on Foundations and TechSoup Global, helps U.S. grantmakers streamline their international giving through easier equivalency determinations.

A Portrait of Canadian Foundation Philanthropy

A report from Philanthropic Foundations Canada on trends resources, and strategies in community philanthropy in Canada.

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Alternative Investment Funds Publications and Resources

From PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, these publications and resources cover issues surrounding investments other than stocks, bonds and cash.

DAFs, PRIs, L3Cs - Tools of Social Impact Investing

This paper from Americans for Community Development outlines an entirely different way to get a significant portion of the capital needed while providing a charitable deduction.