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Foundation Center - E-Updates for Grantmakers

  August 19, 2014

In This Issue


Funder's Forum: The Commonwealth Fund

Funder's Forum The Commonwealth Fund aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults. The fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. Foundation Center asked David Blumenthal, M.D., its president: 


Question How did the Commonwealth Fund arrive at its current funding strategies, and what strategies have been helpful in pursuing its program areas?

Find out the answer»

New at Glasspockets

The Ford Foundation Joins the Reporting Commitment

The Ford Foundation recently joined the Reporting Commitment, an initiative to increase the accuracy, currency, and openness of grants data. The Reporting Commitment’s interactive map on Glasspockets now displays more than 22,000 grants totaling nearly $17 billion, including more than 2,700 of the Ford Foundation’s grants totaling $1 billion dollars in 59 countries around the world. Reporting Commitment data is open, free, and available to use in your own applications via an API. Foundations large and small are encouraged to join the effort.


Explore Ford Foundation's grants list
Visit the interactive map
Learn how to participate in the Reporting Commitment

Neal Hegarty Elected to Foundation Center Board

Neal R. Hegarty, vice president of programs at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, has been elected to Foundation Center’s Board of Trustees. At the Mott Foundation, Mr. Hegarty oversees grantmaking in the foundation’s four focus areas: Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area, and Pathways Out of Poverty. He brings to the board valuable experience as a leader in one of the oldest U.S. foundations and extensive knowledge of programs that strengthen the responsiveness and capacity of the nonprofit sector.


Read the press release

New GrantCraft Case Study

$15K investment. $110K return. Increase capacity. Repeat as desired.

GrantCraft case studies explore situations experienced by funders, analyze outcomes and learnings, and suggest ways for peers to implement similar strategies. A recent case study describes how JPMorgan Chase Foundation supported capacity building for its nonprofit grantees by partnering with Taproot Foundation. Taproot, which provides nonprofit organizations with pro bono assistance in the form of service grants, used JPMorgan Chase support to provide more than $2.6 million in pro bono resources to 41 nonprofit organizations — more than six times the dollar value of the grants.


Read the JPMorgan Chase case study at GrantCraft

Recent Foundation Center Publications  


Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking


Giving in Illinois


Building a Beloved Community: Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement


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Featured Partner: Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation

Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation partnered with Foundation Center to collect giving data for the interactive Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy tool.

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New in PND


Paul Connolly, director, philanthropic advisory services, Bessemer Trust, discusses foundations' ability to move the needle on entrenched social problems and the generational dynamic in philanthropy. More»


Susan Taylor Batten, president and CEO of the Association of Black Foundation Executives, discusses “lived experience” as a leadership quality and how boards must advance diversity and equity in philanthropy. More»

New at Glasspockets

Anna Lindgren, assistant to the president at the Campbell Foundation, discusses "The Great Sticky Project," in which the foundation adopted the Open Standards framework and redefined and shared its outcomes. More»

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