External Resources

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Is Perpetuity Too Long? Family Foundations Can Increase Impact With Sunset Dates

From the Family Foundation Advisor, this article reviews the sunset-vs.-perpetuity issue and considers the potential benefits of a sunset date, with the special considerations of small family foundations in mind.

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Horizon Forum: Who Pays for Hate?

For those monitoring the impact of extremism, hate and political polarization on societies around the world, the United States is now just another case study in conflict and fragility.

The Goalkeepers Report

The Goalkeepers Report is published every year and charts the progress toward the Global Goals. This year’s report focuses on youth population growth that will affect future world progress.

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Harvard Injury Control Research Center Firearms Research

Research publications on firearm violence from the Harvard Injury Control Research Center.

2017 Cone Communications CSR Study

The 2017 Cone Communications CSR Study reveals one major takeaway for companies: consumers are no longer just asking, "What do you stand for?" but also, "What do you stand up for?" In today's tumultuous society, Americans expect companies to not only improve their business practices and invest in social issues that are aligned with the company, but to be a force for change in broader society. They want companies to stand up for important social justice issues and advance progress for the world at large - and this means doing business with entities that care and share their beliefs. The study, with benchmark data as far back as 1993, examines not only consumer attitudes, perceptions and behaviors around CSR, but also if and how companies should stand up for social injustices.

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Investing In The Future: Mission-Related And Program-Related Investments For Private Foundations

Helpful article published by Adler & Colvin summarizing the key differences between Mission-Related and Program-Related Investments for Private Foundations. The article also lays out many of the necessary legal and regulatory questions when determining if an impact investing strategy is appropriate for a given situation.

How the Sustainable Development Goals Can Help Community Foundations Respond to COVID-19 and Advance Racial Equity

In 2020, the Mott Foundation commissioned philanthropic researcher, Dr. Larry McGill, to examine how U.S. community foundations can use the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to lead local revitalization efforts, advance racial equity and recover from the complex effects of the pandemic. The subsequent report aims to help community foundations unpack the SDG framework and use it to create an organized approach to their work toward systemic change.

China Philanthropy Law Report

This report contains detailed information on philanthropy laws in China.

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Anti-Defamation League and Charles Koch Institute Report: Communities Overcoming Extremism — the After Charlottesville Project

Following the violent extremist, far-right rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 11 and 12, 2017, a coalition of civil society organizations came together to form a year-long initiative: Communities Overcoming Extremism: The After Charlottesville Project (COE).

Philanthropy in India

This report from Alliance magazine, WINGS, the Centre for Social Impact Philanthropy, and Ashoka University presents the culture and trends of philanthropy in India and the role of foundations in managing charitable giving.