Websites on Philanthropy
Giving Compass – aggregates information to make it easier to give well.
Women’s Philanthropy Institute, University of Indiana -institute Women’s Philanthropy Institute, University of Indiana
Council on Foundations provides opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organization
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is committed to providing smarter grant making practices.
The Monitor Institute is a social enterprise that surfaces and spreads best practices in public problem solving and pioneers next practices
The Stanford Social Innovation Review, a quarterly magazine covering best strategies for nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses
Center for Effective Philanthropy is a resource for improving the effectiveness of philanthropic funders.
The Women’s Funding Network is a collaborative philanthropic network dedicated to funding women’s solutions worldwide.
Articles and Research on Philanthropy
Trends in Philanthropy for 2018, Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University.
Catalytic Philanthropy, by Mark R. Kramer. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall 2009.
Catalyzing Networks for Social Change, produced by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Monitor Institute.
Women a Model for Engaged Giving, by Todd Cohen, for Philanthropy Journal.
In Pursuit of the Female Philanthropist, by Fran Hawthorne. New York Times, November 8, 2012.
The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle by Ann Goggins Gregory & Don Howard, Stanford Social Innovation Review: Fall 2009.
State Budget Crises: Ripping the Safety Net Held by Nonprofits, March 2010 report from the National Council of Nonprofits
Women Give 2019: Gender and Giving Across Communities of Color is the first study to explore the intersection of race, giving and gender. The report finds that generosity is a value shared by all communities, and that women across race and ethnicity are leading through philanthropy.
The Apparitional Donor: Understanding and Engaging High Net Worth Donors of Color, Faces of Giving March 2018
Non-Profit Evaluation Tools For Funders
Guidestar – financial reports for many charities.
The Better Business Bureau – national website that rates national charities against the BBB’s charity standards.
Charity Navigator – evaluates charities including financial health.
IRS – EO Select Check – online search tool to check information about a charity’s federal tax status and filings.
The Foundation Center – prominent resource in the non-profit community.
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Toolkit for Grantmakers: A Resource from the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. June 2019
Power Moves: Your Essential Philanthropy Assessment Guide for Equity and Justice This self-assessment toolkit, compiled by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, will assist in determining how well granters are building, sharing, and wielding power and identify ways to transform programs and operations for lasting, equitable impact. Their website includes ready-to-use guides and comprehensive resources to achieve high-impact giving.
Suggested Books on Philanthropy
Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan, 3rd ed., Tracy Gary and Melissa Kohner
Reinventing Fundraising: Realizing the Potential of Women’s Philanthropy, Sondra Shaw-Hardy and Martha A. Taylor
Something Ventured: An Innovative Model in Philanthropy – The Washington Women’s Foundation Handbook on the establishment of their organization.
The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources, Lynne Twist
Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy, Peter Frumkin
The Transformative Power of Women’s Philanthropy, Martha A. Taylor and Sondra Shaw-Hardy
Women & Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World, Sondra Shaw-Hardy and Martha A. Taylor
Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy, Paul Brest and Hal Harvey
Windfall: Managing Unexpected Money So It Doesn’t Manage You, Marla Brill
Wealth in Families, Charles Collier
Good to Great and the Social Sectors, Jim Collins
Do More Than Give by Leslie Crutchfield, John Kania, and Mark Kramer
High Impact Philanthropy: How Donors, Boards, and Nonprofit Organizations Can Transform Communities, Kay Sprinkel Grace and Alan Wendroff
Town & Country, The Guide to Intelligent Giving: Make a Difference in the World — and in Your Own Life, Joanna Krotz
Don’t Just Give It Away: How to Make the Most of Your Charitable Giving, Renata Rafferty
The End of Poverty, Jeffrey Sachs
The Cathedral Within, Bill Shore
Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results, Thomas Tierney and Joel Fleishman
The Way We Think About Charity is Wrong Dan Pallota’s Ted Talk on how we should fund nonprofits.