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New Research on the Field of Black Male Achievement Highlights Successes and Opportunities

May 30, 2014 Comments off

New Research on the Field of Black Male Achievement Highlights Successes and Opportunities
Source: Foundation Center

The Foundation Center and the Open Society Foundations today released a report entitled Building a Beloved Community: Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement. It is the latest addition to a growing suite of resources at BMAfunders.org, a web portal that facilitates engagement, collaboration, and strategic decision making among those working to promote positive outcomes for black men and boys in America. Based on interviews with 50 leaders in the social, academic, government, and business sectors, the report maps the landscape of work in this area and offers recommendations for what it will take to strengthen the field moving forward.

This publication is a timely resource in light of a growing chorus of national initiatives focused on improving the economic, social, and physical well-being of black males. These include President Obama’s announcement in February launching My Brother’s Keeper, a public-private partnership supporting young men of color, and the formation of the Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, launched last year by 26 foundation leaders.

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New Report Addresses Opportunities for Funders That Collaborate

November 18, 2013 Comments off

New Report Addresses Opportunities for Funders That Collaborate
Source: Foundation Center

A new report released today sheds light on how online tools are changing the way funders collaborate. Harnessing Collaborative Technologies: Helping Funders Work Together Better is the product of research conducted jointly by the Monitor Institute and the Foundation Center. This report helps funders learn about the different phases of collaboration and online tools that can help them advance all types of sharing, coordination, and cooperation.

New Report Shows Growing Role of Philanthropy in Shaping the Media Landscape

November 13, 2013 Comments off

New Report Shows Growing Role of Philanthropy in Shaping the Media Landscape
Source: Foundation Center

Foundation support for media is growing at nearly four times the rate of domestic giving in other areas, with $1.86 billion invested between 2009-2011, according to a report released today. The report, Growth in Foundation Support for Media in the United States, is a collaboration among the Foundation Center, Media Impact Funders, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and provides the most comprehensive view to date of philanthropy’s role in the media funding landscape.

Answering a demand for data in this area, the report provides a chronological view of media-related funding across organization types and areas of focus, providing a benchmark for further progress. The report is part of a larger project that includes an interactive data visualization tool and knowledge center that open up the findings for further analysis.

Foundation Center Launches Open Data Tool “Foundation Stats”; Lets Users Generate Free Custom Data on the Fly

November 5, 2013 Comments off

Foundation Center Launches Open Data Tool “Foundation Stats”; Lets Users Generate Free Custom Data on the Fly
Source: Foundation Center

The Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy, has launched Foundation Stats, an online tool that provides free and open access to a wealth of data on the U.S. foundation community. The intuitive web-based platform can be used by anyone to generate thousands of custom tables and charts on the size, scope, and giving priorities of the nearly 82,000 independent, corporate, community, and grantmaking operating foundations in the U.S. It includes an Application Programming Interface (API) so that web developers can freely extract the data for their own use.

U.S. Foundation Giving Reaches an Estimated $50.9 Billion in 2012

October 3, 2013 Comments off

U.S. Foundation Giving Reaches an Estimated $50.9 Billion in 2012
Source: Foundation Center

Even through a period of unpredictability in the national and global economic and political environment, domestic foundation giving has continued to grow at a moderate pace. According to Key Facts on U.S. Foundations, the Foundation Center’s new annual research study, in 2011 the country’s 81,777 foundations held $622 billion in assets and distributed $49 billion, an amount estimated to have reached $50.9 billion in 2012. The outlook for 2013 is for continued modest growth overall.

Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking

June 20, 2013 Comments off

Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking

Source: Foundation Center

Each year foundations around the world fund efforts to ensure the protection and promotion of human rights. Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking provides the first-ever analysis of the scope and landscape of global human rights grantmaking.

Prepared by the Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG), Advancing Human Rights identified foundations in 29 countries funding human rights work in every region of the world. Their support totaled $1.2 billion, reached more than 6,800 unique organizations, and funded activities ranging from the right to peaceful assembly and association to freedom from violence to right to education.

Data Are Transforming Philanthropy and the Social Economy

June 6, 2013 Comments off

Data Are Transforming Philanthropy and the Social Economy

Source: Foundation Center

A GrantCraft publication released today, Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2013, written by leading philanthropy scholar Lucy Bernholz, captures the changing landscape of what it means to use private resources for the public good. No longer the purview of foundations and nonprofits alone, philanthropy is now defined by an array of increasingly diverse activities, such as impact investing, social businesses, peer networks, and crowdfunding. The Blueprint outlines how these and other innovations are transforming the "social economy."

The fourth edition of the Blueprint has joined the suite of materials in GrantCraft — a joint project of the New York-based Foundation Center and Brussels-based European Foundation Centre — which taps the collective knowledge of funders to share insights to help them hone their craft. The analysis and forecasting showcased in the Blueprint provides the GrantCraft community with keen observations about the current landscape, emerging trends, and important breakthroughs likely in the year ahead.

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