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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

Video Learning

The Way We Think About Charity is Wrong Dan Pallota’s Ted Talk on how we should fund nonprofits.

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