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New Report Analyzes $1.8 Billion in Global Human Rights Funding

7/16/15
Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking

Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking analyzes $1.8 billion granted by 774 foundations in support of nearly 11,000 organizations worldwide. Among a consistent subset of human rights funders, giving increased 6 percent between 2011 and 2012, the latest year for which data are available. The 2012 data have also been added to the Advancing Human Rights interactive website. The report explores grantmaking by issue, population, and regional focus. Among the areas of human rights activity it analyzes — such as access to justice and equality before the law, sexual and reproductive rights, and environmental and resource rights — the area that benefited from the largest share of funding in 2012 (24 percent) was equality rights and freedom from discrimination. By population, women and girls were a stated focus of 26 percent of funding, followed by children and youth (21 percent) and migrants and refugees (11 percent).

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Philanthropy's Role in Financing Development Highlighted in Addis Ababa Conference

7/13/15
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At the UN's Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, a side event will convene governments, foundations, business leaders, international organizations, and civil society to explore the role of the philanthropic sector in supporting the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The session was organized by the Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy — a multi-year initiative of the United Nations Development Programme, Foundation Center, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and a group of leading foundations to facilitate a more active role for philanthropy in the implementation of the SDGs and Post-2015 Agenda.

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Ghana Joins Philanthropy Platform to Foster Sustainable Development

7/9/15
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More than 80 leaders — from business, philanthropy, social investment, the UN system, non-governmental organizations, and government — met in Accra on July 9 to discuss how to join forces to collectively implement the Sustainable Development Goals in Ghana. Along with Indonesia, Colombia, and Kenya, Ghana was selected as one of the key countries of focus for the Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy, a project of the United Nations Development Programme, Foundation Center, and a group of leading foundations guided by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

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Immigration Strategies: Special Collection of Evaluations and Case Studies

5/18/15
immigration services

Every day, organizations worldwide are engaged in a collective two steps forward, one step back march toward improved immigration services and policies. What hard-earned lessons are these nonprofits, and the foundations that support them, learning from their persistent efforts? This new collection from IssueLab, a service of Foundation Center, exposes and explores the nuances of effective collaboration, the value of coordinated messaging, the bedrock of ongoing advocacy efforts, and the vital importance of long-term and flexible funding.

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Three Prominent Foundation Leaders Join Foundation Center Board of Trustees

4/20/15
Top: Earl Lewis; Middle: Gail Christopher; Bottom: Ana Marie Argilagos

Earl Lewis, Gail Christopher, and Ana Marie Argilagos have been elected to Foundation Center's Board of Trustees. Their terms of service commenced at the April 2015 board meeting.

Mr. Lewis is a distinguished scholar and president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Dr. Gail Christopher, a nationally recognized leader in health policy, is vice president for policy and senior advisor for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Ms. Argilagos is a senior advisor to the Ford Foundation and a professor of international urban planning at New York University.

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Funding for Black Male Achievement Is Growing

4/14/15
Quantifying Hope: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys

A report jointly released by Foundation Center and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement shows a distinct trend toward increased U.S. foundation funding for organizations and programs that are working to improve the life outcomes of Black males. Quantifying Hope: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys finds that in 2012, the latest year for which data are available, 98 foundations made grants worth $64.6 million explicitly designed to benefit Black men and boys. The field of education, which has historically garnered the largest share of grants, continued to be a top funding priority, but grantmaking for public affairs has significantly increased, and the top 10 grant recipient organizations consisted of a mix of national civic, policy, and advocacy organizations.

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Indonesia Launches Platform for Philanthropic Partnerships to Combat Poverty and Promote Sustainable Development

4/13/15
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The top players of the philanthropic world in Indonesia gathered on April 13 in Jakarta to discuss actions to combat poverty and promote sustainable development goals. Indonesia, along with Colombia, Ghana, and Kenya, was selected as one of the key countries of focus for the Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy, a project of the United Nations Development Programme, Foundation Center, and a group of leading foundations guided by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. The Partnership Platform will assist philanthropists in playing a more active role in the planning and implementation of the global Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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New Website Provides a One-stop Resource for Education Philanthropy

4/1/15
Foundation Landscapes: Education

Foundation Landscapes: Education, a new website that serves as a hub of information about education philanthropy, draws dynamically from a variety of Foundation Center information resources to provide a central, comprehensive source for the most current education-related reports, news, case studies, funding data, and other digital content. It is the latest offering among Foundation Center's Knowledge Services, data-driven tools and content-rich platforms designed for funders and their networks, consultants, advisors, and grantees.

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Foundation Center Launches Foundation Maps Professional 2.0 With Free Trial

3/19/15
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Foundation Center has launched Foundation Maps Professional 2.0, the most recent version of a data visualization platform that shows who is funding what and where around the world. Two new major features have been introduced: geographic "Area Served" outlines on maps the places where grant dollars are targeted apart from the locations of organizations receiving the grants; and "Constellations" is a hub-and-spokes view of the philanthropic universe that reveals funder-grantee networks in an innovative visual format. To help potential users better understand its many powerful interactive features, a convenient 24-hour free trial is available, along with a series of free webinars with experts and developers who reveal the hidden depths of the application and its practical uses.

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"Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy" Workshop to Take Place in Bogota

3/11/15
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Representatives from government and civil society will convene at an event on March 12 in Bogota organized by the Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy, a project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Foundation Center, and a committee of leading foundations guided by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA). The Partnership Platform, which aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), enables philanthropy to better understand the opportunities for engaging in global development goal processes and helps governments and the UN system understand the value philanthropy can bring in driving greater impact for people. The Bogota event is the second in a planned series of workshops to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and data across different sectors.

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New GrantCraft Guide Helps Funders Navigate Capacity Building

2/26/15
Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together

Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together helps grantmakers make informed decisions about enhancing the sustainability of nonprofits by making investments aimed at improving organizational capacities. The guide, published by GrantCraft, a service of Foundation Center, tackles many themes — including investment approaches, appraisal of funding opportunities, funder-grantee power dynamics, and evaluation of results — and blends data from interviews, focus groups, surveys, and a scan of existing literature. It is supplemented by more than 30 new GrantCraft resources and a special collection of case studies, white papers, and evaluations published by practitioners and experts in the field.

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Community Foundation Resource Moves to
Foundation Center

2/19/15
CF Insights

Foundation Center and FSG (a mission-driven consulting firm supporting leaders creating social change) have announced that CF (Community Foundation) Insights is now operating under the auspices of Foundation Center. This transition from FSG to Foundation Center positions CF Insights to have an even greater impact as a service to its foundation members and a resource for the broader social sector. Through CF Insights, community foundations can improve performance and sustainability — individually and collectively.

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Foundation Center, Center for Disaster Philanthropy Release Research Tracking How Foundation Funding Flows to Disasters

12/11/14
Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2014: Data to Drive Decisions

Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2014: Data to Drive Decisions is a new report analyzing 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. The report examines the philanthropic response to past disasters, explores the media landscape, and anticipates what it will take to improve coordination and collaboration for more effective disaster-related giving.

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Digital Innovation in Civil Society Is Growing Global Phenomenon

12/9/14
Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2015

Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2015 is the annual forecast for the industry of philanthropy, written by leading scholar Lucy Bernholz. The latest edition 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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