External Resources

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The Difficult Transition from Military to Civilian Life

Why do some veterans have a hard time readjusting to civilian life while others make the transition with little or no difficulty? To answer that question, Pew researchers analyzed the attitudes, experiences and demographic characteristic of veterans to identify the factors that independently predict whether a service member will have an easy or difficult re-entry experience.

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National Governors Association Opportunity Zones Resource List

From the June 2019 NGA State Summit on Opportunity Zones. Includes OZ overview, current statues, state administrative offices responsible for OZs, relevant state legislation, and update on federal regulations.

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D5: Final State of the Work - Stories from the Movement to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

D5’s Final State of the Work highlights voices of leaders in the field who share their stories of change and progress. Some are longtime advocates; some are newer enthusiasts. Each of them shares a perspective on what has worked and what challenges remain as they lead their institutions through changes to meet the demands of a new America.

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.

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.