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A Graphic Re-Visioning of Non Profit Overhead
This article focuses on the problems caused by only funding direct services and not providing core funding of organizations. It shares a set of graphics to illustrate the message.

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A Graphic Re-visioning of Nonprofit Overhead
This article uses visualizations to describe the role of non profit overhead costs as part of overall organizational effectiveness.

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Building Communities of Hope - Casey Family Programs
The Casey Family Programs is " committed to 2020: Building Communities of Hope, an agenda for change that draws on the strength of communities and the vision of local leaders to keep children safe and make families strong." Read the report and see some of the ideas and strategies.

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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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Chasing the Holy Grail of Outcomes - article by youth program leader
If you're the leader of a volunteer-based tutor and/or mentor program or different format of youth support organization, the ideas expressed in this article will resonate with you if you've been in your position for five or more years.

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Consequences of Impact Investing on Philanthropy
This article was written in 2013, but is still relevant in 2017 and beyond. As more philanthropists divert dollars from supporting organizations who don't have a way to generate consistent revenue, to revenue generating strategies, services to people in poor areas will be even fewer than are now available.

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Critique of Collective Impact - Vu Le is Right* About Equity and Collective Impact
This article comments on an article written by Vu Le, who he calls "an important voice in the nonprofit sector" because "He speaks truth to power and calls out the elephants in our collective room." This article points to a November 30, 2015, by Vu Le, titled “Why Communities of Color Are Getting Frustrated with Collective Impact.”.

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Crowdfunding platforms supporting #IllGiveBig event
Forefront (formerly The Donors Forum of Chicago) took the lead in organizing the 2015 and 2016 day of giving in Illinois. On this page they point to crowd funding platforms and fund raising resources.

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Dan Pallotta campaign to change how NPOs funded, and more
This link points to a set of blog articles by Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC which each point to work by Dan Pallotta and others who seek to revolutionize how non profits, social benefit activists, and similar organizations are supported. Look at the comments section on each blog where links to other articles are posted.

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Deaconess Foundation - St. Louis
Mission is to "Strengthen the region's capability to achieve positive outcomes for children and youth through collaborative engagement and investment with diverse partners to improve systems and sustain actions that have long-term impact on the health and well-being of children.:

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Drowning in Paperwork. Distracted from Purpose
From the web site of Project Streamline: "Drowning in Paperwork: Distracted From Purpose" examined grantmakers application and reporting practices and their impact on grantmakers and grantseekers. This report formed the basis for Project Streamline and continues to be used by grantmakers to better understand the flaws in the current system, barriers to change, and principles that grantmakers can adopt to improve their practices."

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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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Foundation habits that aggravate grant seekers
This 2017 blog article provides a long checklist of foundation practices that aggravate and make life difficult for grant seekers.

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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.

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Go Civic Chicago - moble platform to connect people with causes
This is a "mobile, data-driven. social impact platform – that is simplifying the way companies, nonprofits and individual donors can give time, money and goods to their favorite causes." Launched in 2017.

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Ideas on effective philanthropy, from Center for Effective Philanthropy
As foundations and consultants write about how philanthropy can help solve complex problems, the articles from this site, and the links the articles point to, should be recommended reading.

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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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Investing in Non-Profit Talent - Fund the People Tool Kit
From the web site: "The Fund the People Toolkit is a rich new resource is full of information that will help funders, nonprofits and others maximize their investments in talent and leadership. For example, anyone in philanthropy who is trying to convince their board or colleagues of the value of “funding the people” would be well-served to read the toolkit section on the top reasons to invest in nonprofit talent. "

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Is Strategic Philanthropy Yesterday's News? - 2014 article
As a CEO of a small non profit during the 1993-2011 period described in this article, the frustrations expressed by the fictional CEO are very real. One topic not included is the inconsistent flow of operating dollars that makes complex work even more difficult, and frustrating. I recommend you add this article to your reading.

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NANOE - time for a reformation of the nonprofit industry
From the web site: "National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE) is a nationwide network of donors, volunteers and charitable leaders whose relentless commitment to significant and sustainable impact transforms the communities we serve. NANOE members are innovators who solve problems (not just service them) by deploying heroic missions of scale that confront social and environmental dilemmas so completely that money chases after their every need." This link points to article posted in 2018 to show new vision and direction for NANOE.

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Needs of African American-led nonprofits in Philadelphia
From the web site: "In 2013, the Philadelphia African American Leadership Forum (PAALF), with funding from the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, commissioned a study of African American-led nonprofits in Philadelphia. PAALF was interested in understanding whether the experiences and needs of African American-led nonprofits in Philadelphia differed in important ways from white-led nonprofits." Browse this site for conclusions and recommendations. Apply this understanding to other cities, not just Philadelphia.

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Opportunity to Learn Fund - The Schott Foundation
From the web site: "By creating a space to highlight and celebrate grassroots organizing, share success stories and provide resources, OTL strives to create real and substantial change in our public education system. OTL advocates for supports­-based education reform, one that provides all students with access to crucial resources and opportunities such as early education, wraparound supports, fair school discipline, well­-supported teachers, and equitable school funding."

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Pay What It Takes Philanthropy - article on SSIR
This article starts with "A new grantmaking approach is needed - one that provides enough money for nonprofits to pay for all their operations, not just programs and services. The first step toward achieving that is for grantmakers to realize that different types of nonprofits have different cost structures." Finding ways to convince donors to fund on-going, full-costs, of youth serving organizations can improve staff retention, organizational knowledge, and long-term impact.

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Philanthropy Playmakers Coaches Athletes to Do Good
From the web site: "Founded in 2016, Philanthropy Playmakers is a multimedia platform aimed at providing resources for the sports philanthropy industry and those who see sports as a change agent." The site aggregates stories and interviews showing good deeds by athletes, which can inspire others to do the same.

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