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Insight, Impact, and Equity – Collecting Demographic Data

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June 2018
For philanthropy to advance equity in all communities, especially low-income communities and communities of color, it needs to be able to understand the demographics of the organizations being funded (and declined), the people being served and the communities impacted. That data should be used to assess practices and drive decision making.
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Mobility & Aging in Rural America: The Role for Innovation: An Introduction for Funders

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May 2018
This publication provides a wealth of background and program ideas for improving rural mobility through existing and emerging technology. It offers insights about what’s already working and what is possible from the perspective of providers and thought leaders. It is a general introduction tailored for funders but useful for anyone. It does not require a background in technology or aging.
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Fund the People Toolkit

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September 2017
Fund the People created this toolkit to provide practical guidance, promising practices, and illustrative data to help funders, nonprofits, and others to maximize investments in the nonprofit workforce. Nonprofit people are nonprofit programs. Given this reality, supporting the nonprofit workforce is an effective strategy for increasing performance, impact, and sustainability. The toolkit features six content areas to help funders and nonprofit organizations invest in the nonprofit workforce as a strategy for improving the impact and sustainability of the organizations: Case Making: making...
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The Resilent Organization: Disaster Planning and Recovery Guide

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March 2017
The Resilient Organization, developed by TechSoup with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, is a holistic guide to IT disaster planning and recovery. This e-book is intended for organizations that are preparing for a disaster, as well as those that need to rebuild and maintain operations after a disaster.
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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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