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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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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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Promise Neighborhood Program - U.S. Dept of Education
From the web site: "Promise Neighborhoods, established under the legislative authority of the Fund for the Improvement of Education Program (FIE), provides funding to support eligible entities, including (1) nonprofit organizations, which may include faith-based nonprofit organizations, (2) institutions of higher education, and (3) Indian tribes.

The vision of the program is that all children and youth growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career." Visit the site to learn more.

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Radical Changes in Philanthropy - 2020 report
This report is titled Radical Flexibility: Strategic Funding for the Age of Local Activism and is an extensive review of how peace building organizations are funded throughout the world and how those systems should change. The recommendations apply to funding of US organizations too.

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Shortcomings of Modern Strategic Philanthropy and How to Overcome Them
This is one of many articles on the web site of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy which focus on challenges facing social benefit organizations focusing on complex social problems.

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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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Strategic Philanthropy for Complex World
This is one of an on-going set of articles on the Stanford Social Innovation Review intended to stimulate creative thinking about philanthropy, collective action, impact, etc.

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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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Sustaining evidence-based prevention programs: correlates in a large-scale dissemination initiative.
This 2015 research focuses on sustainability of youth tutor, mentor and learning programs, recognizing that without the ability to attract and retain talent and resources beyond start up funding, programs will have limited impact on youth.

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The Giving Common draws donors to NPOs in Boston - archive
The Boston Foundation created the Giving Common in 2011. It's a detailed, online resource that connects donors to in-depth information about nonprofit organizations working to enhance communities across Massachusetts. The site was discontinued on Aug 31, 2019.

We've kept the archive on line because of how this models what a local institution can do to support giving in multiple categories.

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The New Normal: Capacity Building During a Time of Disruption- -2018 challenges to social sector
From the web site: "How is the current economic and political environment impacting the capacity building needs of social-change leaders, nonprofits, networks, and movements? How are funders responding to these changing needs, and how can they better support this work going forward?

In our new report, “The New Normal: Capacity Building During a Time of Disruption,” we explore these questions and make recommendations for how philanthropy can better support social change during a time of upheaval.:

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The Overhead Myth - campaign to end reliance on overhead measures
This site, supported by three leading sources of information on nonprofits – GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and BBB Wise Giving Alliance – seeks to end the Overhead Myth and start supporting nonprofit INVESTMENTS IN sustainability and success.

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The Price of Real Change - Philanthropy Challenges
This article begins by asking "In philanthropy, what does it really take to achieve the results that we and our communities seek? What can funders do to support and encourage organizations that will endure and adapt? " Read more.

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Time to Reboot Grantmaking - 2017 SSIR article
This Stanford Social Innovation Review article addresses challenges facing many non-profit organizations and offers a funding pyramid and strategies that might help reduce these challenges. Add it to your reading list.

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Upswell - a social sector community sponsored by Independent Sector
From the web site: "Upswell is a series of convenings for changemakers of all kinds – community organizers, philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, government officials, corporate responsibility professionals and more. Upswell is a young community, but it has a history stretching back almost 40 years as the Independent Sector Conference. Our gatherings have always been the preeminent meeting ground for grant-seeking and grant-making organizations, but if we’re going to solve our toughest problems, we have to do better than that. We need to convene a broader, more diverse swath of civil society, regardless of affiliation or tax status."

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What Social Sector Leaders Need to Succeed - McKinsey & Co.
This 2014 McKinsey & Co report illustrates challenges facing social sector organizations.

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Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World - book review
This article is a NPR interview with Anand Giridharadas, author of a new book that is a critique of well-meaning philanthropy.

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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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UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising
From the web site: "The newly released study (2013) UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising reveals that many nonprofits are stuck in a vicious cycle that threatens their ability to raise the resources they need to succeed. A joint project of CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the report found high levels of turnover and lengthy vacancies in development director positions throughout the sector. More significantly, the study reveals deeper issues that contribute to instability in the development director role, including a lack of basic fundraising systems and inadequate attention to fund development among key board and staff leaders."

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Charities and The Compassion Gap - article
This article illustrates one of the challenges charities serving the poor have in attracting consistent financial support.

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