External Resources

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In-Depth knowledge on External Content

2015 Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge Anniversary Plenary Program

Hosted by the Council on Foundations and the Veterans Philanthropy Exchange, organizers announced more than $106 million in new commitments to strengthen services and support for veterans and military families nationwide. Check out the full plenary program!

Sea of Goodwill: Matching the Donor to the Need

From the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Warrior and Family Support, this white paper describes a re-integration trinity of education, employment and health care which serve to improve the quality of life for service members and their families.

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Social Cost Analysis of the Unemployment and Underemployment of Military Spouses

The Social Cost Analysis of the Unemployment and Underemployment of Military Spouses study reveals the economic costs to society from the high rates of unemployment, underemployment, and reduced labor force participation among U.S. military spouses. The research was conducted by the Sorenson Impact Center, a division of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, in consultation and collaboration with Blue Star Families.

Values and Vision: Perspectives on Philanthropy in 21st Century China

This report aims to advance the understanding, practice, and impact, of philanthropy in China by improving knowledge about the relevant actors and the philanthropic initiatives.

Philanthropy in Southeast Asia: Between Charitable Values, Corporate Interests, and Development Aspirations

This article from the Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies presents an overview of the evolving state pf philanthropy in Southeast Asia.

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IRS Publication 4302: A Charity's Guide to Car Donations

Types of car donation programs and their impact on tax-exempt status, taxable income, and deductible contributions.

South Africa 2015 Report

This article from Coutts summarizes key charitable giving data in South Africa.

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Northern New England Community Foundation Impact Investing: A Rural Community Foundation Case Study

In summer 2011, the Maine Community Foundation, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the Vermont Community Foundation came together, with the help of GPS Capital Partners and TPI, to jointly evaluate the potential for expanding impact investing as a program strategy and donor service. This case study looks at the role impact investing could play in those three community foundations and throughout northern New England.

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From the Margins to the Mainstream: Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors

In this report the World Economic Forum Investors Industries consulted the senior most decision-makers and portfolio managers of the largest and most innovative investors in the world; this facilitated a more realistic vantage point on the challenges in scaling the sector. Working with this group was also instrumental in raising awareness and knowledge among key stakeholders for taking impact investing from the margins into the mainstream.

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Pluralism in Peril: Challenges To An American Ideal

Learn new tools and strategies you can use to defend religious pluralism in America.