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January 28, 2015

In This Issue

Funder's Forum: 2014 Highlights

Funder's Forum Funder's Forum donor profiles help
foundations increase their visibility among
their peers and glean insight from others.
Here are some of our favorite quotes from funders profiled in 2014:

At the risk of being ridiculously simplistic, we're testing what it
means to be problem-solvers first and foremost. That means starting with the problem and then, and only then, selecting the form of capital — whether financial, intellectual, or reputational — most suited to fixing it.

Rip Rapson, President, The Kresge Foundation

When a grant recipient and grantor share the same passion, the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts.
Julie J. Kidd, President, The Endeavor Foundation

... good research informs good practice, which informs good policy. It's a continuum, because even when you have good policies in place, you have to go back and look at the programs and ask, "Is that good policy really translating … on the ground?"
Sara Slaughter, Education Program Director, Robert R.
   McCormick Foundation

We established the Funder's Forum in response to feedback from foundation leaders seeking opportunities to connect with other grantmakers and exchange ideas. Browse the archived profiles to learn more about your colleagues' work.


Explore the Funder's Forum Archive
E-mail us to inquire about participating in Funder's Forum

Get on the Map! 

Get on the Map: Doing Good Done Better. The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the largest network in American philanthropy, is partnering with Foundation Center to promote effective grantmaking through sharing data on philanthropy. In February, 20 regions across the Forum network will be kicking off campaigns to capture and harness grants data from funders in their region.

Grantmakers who become eGrant Reporters receive a free interactive map of their grants. In addition, regional associations in the campaign will be able to provide access to a map of their members’ giving data. These maps — delivered on our powerful Foundation Maps platform — will provide funders with "anytime access" to timely information about their peers, funding gaps, and potential collaborators. Learn more about how to "Get on the Map" at a free webinar on February 23.


View the "Get on the Map" Toolkit
Learn more about eGrant Reporting
Register for the launch webinar Free

Call for Papers on (Im)migration

IssueLab IssueLab, a service of Foundation Center, is working with The Atlantic Philanthropies to systematically capture and share lessons learned from the last 15 years of funding in the area of migration and immigration rights. This effort will result in a public collection of documents that can be continuously and freely added to over time by foundations and their grantees. We are seeking case studies, lessons learned, or evaluations on this subject that you may have funded or produced. Simply e-mail a link or file by February 11 to contribute.


Contribute to the collection
Explore IssueLab

Generate Free Custom Data With Foundation Stats

Foundation Stats Foundation Stats is our free interactive online tool that can be used by anyone to generate thousands of custom tables and charts on the size, scope, and giving priorities of foundations in the U.S. The tool represents a huge leap forward in opening up data on philanthropy and paves the way for the development of innovative applications of the type that only open data makes possible. You can use Foundation Stats to easily create compelling visuals for your board reports and to identify funding gaps that inform your grantmaking strategies.


Explore Foundation Stats Free

Free Websites for Foundations

Foundation Web Builder Foundation Center has a longstanding commitment to philanthropic transparency, so we've been creating free websites to foundations since 1996. Any grantmaker can request a Foundation Web Builder site to quickly gain an online presence and more easily communicate to grantees, applicants, partners, and the communities they serve. Funders who participate in the Foundation Web Builder service report that they receive better proposals and fulfill fewer requests by phone and mail.


Learn more about Foundation Web Builder

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Featured Partner: GIFE

GIFE (Grupo de Institutos Fundações e Empresas) and GIFE: Pelo Impacto Do Investimento SocialFoundation Center's IssueLab have partnered to produce Sinapse, a bi-lingual virtual library for social investment and socio-environmental issues in Brazil.

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GuideStar Charity Check Are you managing your risk?

New in PND

Cause-Driven Design

Matt Schwartz Matt Schwartz, founder and director of strategy at MSDS, a New York City-based design firm, explores the nexus between design and mission-driven work. More»

New at Glasspockets

Jeanne Metzger Jeanne Metzger, chief development and marketing officer at Exponent Philanthropy, describes plans for a video series to share lessons learned by grantmakers, funded by Fund for Shared Insight. More»

New at GrantCraft

Mona Jones-Romansic Mona Jones-Romansic, director of Olive Grove's Learning and People Practice, blogs about management structures used in collective impact. More»

Recent Foundation Center Publications


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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