External Resources

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In-Depth knowledge on External Content

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Veteran Support Initiative: A community based model to meet the needs of service members and their families

From the Lincoln Community Foundation, this report details their veteran support initiative and provides recommendations for future collaborative efforts between community foundations seeking to impact the circumstances of military service members and their families on a regional basis.

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Shaping the global agenda to maximize city leadership on the SDGs

Brookings Institution report on the experiences of vanguard cities in implementing the SDGs.

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Hacking the Sustainable Development Goals: Can US Cities Measure Up?

This report shows that the majority of SDG targets are relevant to US cities and data are generally available to track progress locally, although gaps exist. It provides recommendations to help fill these gaps and create the conditions for better use of data to drive local progress on the SDGs.

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Borrego Valley Endowment Fund Sample Policy with "Do No Harm" Approach

By expanding its purview beyond an exclusive focus on healthcare in Borrego Springs, the BVEF Board has made a strategic decision to expand the focus of the Fund and will partner with other nonprofit organizations to create maximum beneficial impact that is community-wide, self-sustaining, and enduring.

A Paradigm Change: The Case for Private Philanthropy in the Arts in Germany, the Netherlands, and France

A report on the need to increase private philanthropy for the arts and humanities in Germany, the Netherlands, and France after recent cuts in government subsidies.

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Fidelity and Schwab Ban Gifts From Donor-Advised Funds to NRA-Affiliated Charities

The two biggest donor-advised-fund sponsors in the United States, Fidelity Charitable and Schwab Charitable, have banned new donations to 501(c)(3) organizations affiliated with the National Rifle Association, citing reports of Internal Revenue Service investigations into the gun rights group’s network of nonprofits.

Kenya: Data Strategy and Capacity Building

This report from Foundation Centers highlights the key findings and outcomes from a workshop on data strategy and capacity building in Kenya.

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Mission Possible: Emerging Opportunities for Mission Connected Investment

From the New Economics Foundation, Mission Possible considers how foundations might more effectively use a proportion of their endowment in support of the change they set out to create – their mission. Starting from the premise that paths are made by walking, it explores the potential of ‘mission-connected investment’ or MCI – defined as investment which promises a market return but also helps to achieve mission.

Philanthropy in Nigeria

This resource from Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group provides resources and information on the Nigerian philanthropc sector

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Catalytic First Loss Capital

This issue brief from the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) details the motivations, benefits, considerations and suitable scenarios behind the use of catalytic first-loss capital in impact investing transactions. Catalytic first-loss capital refers to socially- and environmentally-driven credit enhancement provided by an investor or grant-maker who agrees to bear first losses in an investment in order to catalyze the participation of co-investors that otherwise would not have entered the deal. Catalytic first-loss capital has gained recent prominence in impact investing dialogue as more investors look to enter the market.