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Article: Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy

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June 2016
This Stanford Social Innovation Review article argues for a new grantmaking approach-- "one that provides enough money for nonprofits to pay for all their operations, not just programs and services." By Jeri Eckhart-Queenan, Michael Etzel, & Sridhar Prasad | Summer 2016 The authors examined the indirect rates of more than 20 nonprofit organizations in order to understand exactly how much organizations are spending on all aspects of their operations. They discovered that "indirect costs make up a much larger percentage of a nonprofit’s total costs than is widely understood." This article...
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Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry

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January 2015
A toolkit for responding to everyday bigotry. Developed by the Southern Law Poverty Center, the guide (available in pdf and website formats) provides advice and suggestions for responding to everyday bigotry in a variety of settings-- among family, among friends and neighbors, at work, at school, and in public. In the making of this book, the Southern Poverty Law Center gathered hundreds of stories of everyday bigotry from people across the United States. They told their stories through email, personal interviews and at roundtable discussions in four cities: Baltimore, Md.; Columbia, S.C.;...
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Building Employee Engagement through Corporate Giving Programs

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February 2014
JK Group, a leading software and value-added services provider for corporate philanthropy, has released a white paper that addresses the current state of corporate philanthropy and offers employers key insight on how they can build robust giving campaigns that resonate with employees, drive engagement and help the larger community.
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GEO 2007 General Operating Support: Action Guide

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August 2007
What is general operating support? How are grantmakers providing it? GEO's answer to these questions (and more) were inspired by a spirited conversation that took place in early 2007 on the GEO listserv. The guide provides a comprehensive look at operating support funding. "Our goal is to help grantmakers understand why general operating support is important, how to make it work and how to ensure accountability. The discussion is not a new one. For decades, many philanthropic and nonprofit leaders have called on grantmakers to boost their support for infrastructure and operating costs. But...
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Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporations

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April 2007
Practical suggestions for good disaster grantmaking This guide was developed by a joint working group of the Council on Foundations and the European Foundation Centre. It identifies eight principles of good disaster grantmaking and offers a number of tips to help grantmakers address disasters more effectively, including facts and figures about recent major disasters around the world and a list of useful disaster information websites.
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