External Resources

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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.

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.

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The SDG Guidebook and Toolkit: A Community Foundation Resource on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Community Foundations of Canada's new resource provides useful tips and frameworks for community foundations across the world to utilize the SDGs.

Canada Giving 2017

An overview of charitable giving in 2017 authored by Charities Aid Foundation. This report looks at trends in charitable giving in Canada. It explores how people of different ages and social groups give, the way they give, the rise of online or text giving, the importance of sponsorship and the different causes people support.

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SPLC and CAIR Report: Hate Free Philanthropy - Identifying Opportunities and Obstacles to Safeguard the Sector

This white paper aims to help decision-makers accelerate existing efforts to address the complex problem of hate-funding in philanthropy — efforts that are slowly converging in different parts of the country and that demonstrate varying degrees of progress.

Revealing Indian Philanthropy

This reports analyzes the culture of philanthropy in India and the new role and philanthropy and India's economic development.

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IRS: Disaster Relief Resources for Charities and Contributors

In the aftermath of a disaster or in other emergency hardship situations, individuals, employers and corporations often are interested in providing assistance to victims through a charitable organization. The IRS provides a number of resources to help those involved in providing disaster relief through charities.