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"Impossible to Justify." A Political Scientist Takes on American Philanthropy
This article is a review of a Dec. 2018 book by Rob Reich, faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Here's one quote from the article apart from other critics, though, is that he’s a political philosopher who brings theoretical rigor to a subject that still receives only sparse attention from academics. That deeper approach is on display in a new book Reich published in November, "Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better.".

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360Giving - studies UK Philanthropy
From the web site: "Our mission is to support UK grantmakers to publish information on who, where and what they fund in an open, standardised format to build a better picture of the funding landscape and boost its impact. We have created the 360Giving Standard so funders can share and compare this information." Established 2015.

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Candid - formed by merger of Foundation Center & GuideStar
The resources of two long-time giants in the NonProfit and Philanthropic world are merging in 2019 into one new organization, called Candid. As of 3/6/19 there is not yet one combined web site. Search in the Links library for each of the separate organizations. Visit the site in a few months to see how the merger is taking place.

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Charitable Giving Trends - National Philanthropic Trust
This site provide data on charitable giving in the US and many other resources for donors and non profit leaders.

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Foundation Accountability in Networked Age
The writer of this article titled "Gorillas in the midst: foundation accountability in a networked age" reflects on the power of foundations and the lack of accountability. The article offers "four behaviors that are proving necessary for any business, government agency or non-profit to maintain a social licence in this dynamic environment"

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Funding Trends Dashboard - UK
This is an interesting effort to understand funding trends in the UK. The dashboard is hosted on Github. Here's it's description: "Funding Trends helps people understand grant-making data from 360Giving in a new and exciting way. Users can zoom out on the data to see the overall funding trends and then zoom in to take a closer look at dedicated dashboards for each funder for the time period 2013-17."

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Giving in Illinois- 2017 - Forefront Report (pdf)
High level over view of philanthropic giving by foundations based in Illinois. Produced by Forefront and The Foundation Center. This link points to a variety of articles on this topic.

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Inside Philanthropy - read blog articles in sections like 'Philanthrosphere'
From the web site: "We created Inside Philanthropy with a simple goal: To pull back the curtain on one of the most powerful and dynamic forces shaping society. Every day, our team of editors and reporters is digging into how foundations and major donors are giving away their money, and why.

We believe the resources of philanthropy should be accessible to all, not just to those with the right connections, and we seek to explain the world of giving in ways that anyone can understand. If you're looking for funds to support your work, we can help.:

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International Philanthropy - Creating a Better System
Getting more money and resources from the international donor directly to the end user is what this article focuses on. There are two pdf reports included in the article. Take some time to read and reflect.

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State of Nonprofit Sector - Nonprofit Finance Fund
From the web site: "The NPFF State of the Sector survey is a widely cited barometer of US nonprofits' programmatic, management, and financial health. We gather, analyze, share, and drive dialogue about this critical data." This is one of many resources on this site that NPO leaders should get to know.

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State of the Non-Profit Sector - 2018 Grant Thornton Report
You can download the full report from this site and you can read individual sections, which are posted from the link I'm pointing to. See what's ahead for Non Profit Organizations and plan for the future.

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Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy - 2018
From the web site: "The 2018 U.S. Trust® Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy1 (the “Study”) is the seventh in a biennial series of reports on the giving and volunteering practices of wealthy households in the United States. Based on a nationally representative random sample of wealthy households, the Study is an authoritative source of information on wealthy Americans’ philanthropic attitudes and practices."

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WT Grant Foundation Focus Areas
From the website: "Since our inception, the William T. Grant Foundation has been interested in facilitating a better understanding of how children and youth develop and thrive. Although our mission remains the same, our research interests shift to keep pace with the changing world. Currently, we are interested in research with the potential to improve the lives of young people between the ages of 5 and 25 in the areas of reducing inequality and Improving the Use of Research Evidence.

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About Glasspockets -transparency of foundations

Glasspockets is "reviewing the web sites of the largest foundations to reveal their current online transparency and accountability practices." This seems like a valuable resource for grant seekers and grant makers.

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Articles on Philanthropy and Planned Giving
This page on the web site of the Center on Philanthropy at the University of Indiana offers a wealth of information for donors and non profit leaders.

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Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Chronicle of Philanthropy is a leading resource for the non profit sector. Browse the site and find articles covering a wide range of topics.

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Current trends in Philanthropy
This link points to six articles about data use in philanthropy written by Larry McGill, vice president for research at the Foundation Center.

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Effective Altruism - how can we use our resources to help others the most?
From the web site: "Effective altruism is about answering one simple question: how can we use our resources to help others the most? Rather than just doing what feels right, we use evidence and careful analysis to find the very best causes to work on. But it's no use answering the question unless you act on it. Effective altruism is about following through. It's about being generous with your time and your money to do the most good you can."

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Forefront - Engaging for Impact (was Donors Forum)
From the web site: "Forefront (formerly the Donors Forum of Chicago) is building a vibrant social impact sector for all the people in Illinois through four key strategies: Attracting Investment to the Sector, Developing Top Talent, Improving Systems and Policies, and Building Organizational Capacity."

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Foundation Maps is powered by Candid's world-class philanthropy data.
From the web site: "By tapping into our vast database of information on grantmakers and grants, and providing access to a diverse array of demographic, socio-economic, and other data, Philanthropy In/Sight enables grantmakers to identify areas of greatest need and visualize philanthropy's impact on different metropolitan areas." Browse the site.

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How America Gives - A map of philanthropy and giving in America
The Chronicle conducted to examine giving data by ZIP code and by income level in every city and town in the United States. The study is based on exact dollar amounts released by the Internal Revenue Service showing the value of charitable deductions claimed by American taxpayers. It is not based on extrapolations from spot surveys or statistical models." Create your own maps and use them in advocacy to improve the flow of dollars to volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in under-served areas.

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Independent Sector
From the web site: "Independent Sector is a nonprofit coalition of more than 700 national organizations, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs, collectively representing tens of thousands of charitable groups in every state across the nation. Its mission is to promote, strengthen, advance the non profit and philanthropic community to foster private initiative for the public good.

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Learning by Giving Foundation - Grant Map
From the web site: "The Learning by Giving Foundation only funds undergraduate courses at colleges and universities across the country that offer high quality experiential for-credit courses in philanthropy i.e., those that combine the study of theory with the practice of philanthropy." The Grant Map shows where they fund. It's a tool that would be great to see on every donor web site.

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Minnesota Council on Foundations -Collaborative Philanthropy
From the web site: "The Minnesota Council on Foundations expands and strengthens a vibrant community of diverse grantmakers who individually and collectively advance the common good. MCF members represent three-quarters of all grantmaking in the state, awarding more than $1 billion annually." Many of the resources on the site, such as this page on collaborative philanthropy, can be useful in other states.

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National Center for Family Philanthropy Knowledge Center
From the web site: "The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) is the only national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to families who give and those who work with them. We provide the resources, expertise and support families need to transform their values into effective giving that makes a lasting impact on the communities they serve. Together, we make great things happen."

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