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December 17, 2014

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Funder's Forum: The Heckscher Foundation
for Children

Funder's Forum The Heckscher Foundation was founded in 1921 to promote the welfare of children in New York and elsewhere throughout the United States. Today, it provides grants to youth-serving organizations in the fields of education, family services, child welfare, health, arts, and recreation. Foundation Center asked the foundation's chairman and CEO, Peter Sloane: The Heckscher Foundation logo


Question How have the foundation's strategies around making a difference for children evolved over the years?

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New Report

Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2014

Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2014: Data to Drive Decisions Foundation Center and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy have released a new report that lays the groundwork for a data collection network that will improve disaster philanthropy. Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2014: Data to Drive Decisions analyzes how much foundation funding is spent on disasters each year, by whom, and for what activities. It finds that, in 2012, 234 of the largest U.S. foundations made 884 grants totaling $111 million for disasters.


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New Report

Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2015

Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2015 Authored by scholar Lucy Bernholz and published by GrantCraft, a service of Foundation Center, Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2015 provides a global perspective on how digital data and infrastructure are being used for socially-positive purposes. The sixth installment of this annual forecast for philanthropy provides evidence that beyond the realm of traditional nonprofits and foundations in the U.S., global civil society is also made up of for-profit firms, religious bodies, informal associations, and networks that are making investments in the social good and using digital tools to do it.


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1772 Foundation Funding for Historic Property Redevelopment Visualized

map of United States The 1772 Foundation partnered with Foundation Center to create a one-of-a-kind custom interactive map showcasing photographs of historic properties that have been preserved and information about the foundation's historic property redevelopment programs (revolving funds). The foundation's trustees plan to use the map to evaluate granting strategy and to bring attention to the work of its grantees.


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Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy

globe with flags As the Millennium Development Goals come to a close and the global aid community embarks on the post-2015 development agenda, the UNDP, Foundation Center, and RPA have partnered with leading foundations to launch an initiative known as the Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy. The project will enable philanthropy to better understand the opportunities for engaging in global development goal processes and help governments and the UN system understand the value philanthropy can bring in driving greater impact for people.


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Marieke van Schaik and Melissa Berman Join Foundation Center Board of Trustees

Marieke van Schaik (top) Melissa Berman (bottom) Marieke van Schaik and Melissa Berman have been elected to Foundation Center's Board of Trustees. Ms. van Schaik is managing director at the Dutch Charity Lotteries in the Netherlands, and Ms. Berman is president and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA). Their three-year terms of service will commence in April 2015.


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J McCray J McCray, chief operating officer of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), speaks with experts in nonprofit management about results from GEO's recent national survey of grantmaking organizations about their practices. More»

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Allison Fine Allison Fine, author and social media expert, discusses her new book, Matterness: What Fearless Leaders Know About the Power and Promise of Social Media. More»

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Sara Davis Sara Davis, director of grants management at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, blogs about a session at the recent Technology Affinity Group conference in Miami where Foundation Center's C. Davis Parchment, manager of the Electronic Reporting Program, provided a needed redefinition of big data. More»

Recent Foundation Center Publication


Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2014: Data to Drive Decisions


Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2015


Key Facts on U.S. Foundations, 2014 ed.

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