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Foundation Center, One Spark Announce Partnership


The Foundation Center and One Spark, Inc. have announced a strategic alliance designed to connect people working on great ideas to the resources they need to make them a reality. The partnership will help open up new funding pathways for nonprofit organizations affiliated with the One Spark community.

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Foundation Center, OECD Announce Partnership


The Foundation Center and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have announced a strategic partnership to align and share international funding data to promote greater visibility and understanding of global development finance. By working together, the two organizations will be able to deliver a large and varied set of data into the hands of international policymakers, practitioners, and funders to improve strategic decision making by these groups and increase efficiencies in tackling global challenges.

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New Guide Helps Funders Adopt a Transparency Mindset


As funders face an increasing demand by the nonprofit sector, the public, and governments to be more transparent, a new GrantCraft guide provides practical advice for funders to publicly share various aspects of their operations, work, and knowledge. Opening Up: Demystifying Funder Transparency presents real-world case studies that demonstrate the value of foundation transparency.

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New Staff to Lead Technology, Outreach, and International Data Strategies


Effective January 8, Tushar Deshpande is the new vice president for data and technology strategy, and Zohra Zori is the new vice president for social sector outreach. Angela Hariche will begin her role as director of international data relations on February 1. The Foundation Center’s new talent aligns with the “Foundation Center 2020” plan, which calls for connecting social sector organizations to the resources they need to thrive, building the global data platform for philanthropy, and ensuring robust technology is in place to support these services.

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Data Spurs Emergence of a "Digital Civil Society"


Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2014 is the annual forecast for the industry of philanthropy, written by leading scholar Lucy Bernholz. The latest edition explains the shifts that come as civil society is manifested in digital environments, including opportunities to establish a new standard of trust regarding how private data are used for public benefit.

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Glasspockets Puts Improved Transparency Resources Into the Hands of Foundations


Glasspockets is a Foundation Center initiative that champions philanthropic transparency in an online world. The Glasspockets web site has been redesigned to improve the way it provides the data, resources, examples, and action steps that help foundations understand the value of transparency and be more open in their own communications. The new site includes an infographic that benchmarks the way foundations currently use social media tools in their work.

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


According to Growth in Foundation Support for Media in the United States, foundation support for media is growing at nearly four times the rate of domestic giving in other areas, with 1,012 foundations making 12,040 media-related grants totaling $1.86 billion 2009-2011. The report provides a chronological view of media-related funding across organization types and areas of focus and is part of a larger project that includes an interactive data visualization tool and knowledge center.

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New Report Addresses Opportunities for Funders That Collaborate

New Report Addresses Opportunities for Funders That Collaborate

The report Harnessing Collaborative Technologies: Helping Funders Work Together Better sheds light on how online tools are changing the way funders collaborate. It helps funders learn about the different phases of collaboration and online tools that can help them advance all types of sharing, coordination, and cooperation. A companion “interactive tool finder” aids the search for technology solutions.

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New Open Data Tool Lets Users Generate Free Custom Data on the Fly

Foundation Stats

Foundation Stats is a web-based tool that provides free and open access to a wealth of data on the U.S. foundation community. The intuitive 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.

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

Key Facts on U.S. Foundations, 2013 Edition

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.

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Foundation Center, GuideStar Announce Partnership


The Foundation Center and GuideStar have announced a partnership designed to build the capacity and effectiveness of the social sector by providing much-needed data and resources. This alliance will leverage the organizations' unique strengths and complementary missions to support the field in new and innovative ways.

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New Blog Series Brings Transparency to the Spend-Down Process


In our new blog series at GrantCraft, "Making Change by Spending Down," The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies (ACBP) shares lessons and perspectives as it spends down its endowment by 2016. The first installment is a video interview and blog post by ACBP Chairman Charles R. Bronfman on the reasoning behind ACBP's decision to spend down. New posts by various ACBP stakeholders will be published each month for at least a year.

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Foundation Center Launches Free Search Tool


The Foundation Center has launched Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Free, an online tool that dramatically expands public access to our authoritative collection of foundation information and gives nonprofits a powerful new fundraising tool. At no cost, users can search the basic profiles and IRS Forms 990-PF of nearly 90,000 grantmakers.

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Brenda Henry-Sanchez Joins the Foundation Center as Director of Research for Special Projects


Brenda Henry-Sanchez, recently a senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has been appointed director of research for special projects at the Foundation Center. Dr. Henry-Sanchez will be responsible for developing and directing international, national, and regional research projects on a wide range of issues across the field of philanthropy.

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Pioneering Research Illuminates Global Human Rights Philanthropy


Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking, prepared by the Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group, is the first-ever analysis of $1.2 billion of worldwide foundation funding of 6,800 organizations for activities such as ensuring the right to peaceful assembly and freedom from discrimination.

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Dominick Impemba Elected to Foundation Center Board


Dominick Impemba, controller at the Rockefeller Foundation, was elected to the Foundation Center's board of trustees on April 19. Mr. Impemba is a CPA with nearly 17 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. His service begins in July.

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Susan Kish Elected to Foundation Center Board


Susan Kish, head of cross-company initiatives at Bloomberg L.P., was elected to the Foundation Center's board on April 19, effective immediately. At Bloomberg Ms. Kish oversees the collaboration and integration of the company's global businesses.

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Robert Yaeger Has Been Named Vice President for Finance and Administration at the Foundation Center


Robert Yaeger has been appointed vice president for finance and administration at the Foundation Center, effective April 15. Mr. Yaeger, who was recently vice president of finance and business intelligence at Voltari Media, will assume primary responsibility for maintaining the Center's financial health and charting its future financial strategy.

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Laura Callanan Joins the Foundation Center as Visiting Fellow


Laura Callanan, an expert in the field of social innovation, has joined the Foundation Center in the role of senior fellow. During this one-year fellowship, Ms. Callanan will undertake a variety of activities to elevate work within the philanthropic sector related to leadership development and social impact, as well as help build the Foundation Center's own capacity for social innovation.

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The Foundation Center Appoints Viviana Bianchi and Jen Bokoff to New Director Positions
Viviana Bianchi and Jen Bokoff The Foundation Center has announced the appointment of Viviana Bianchi as director of partnerships and Jen Bokoff as director of GrantCraft. Effective May 6, 2013, both positions are part of an expansion of the Center's Strategic Philanthropy division headed by Lisa Philp.

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The Foundation Center and the Open Society Foundations have launched the web portal to facilitate engagement, collaboration, and strategic decision making among funders, nonprofits, and policymakers working to promote positive outcomes for black men and boys in America. The site includes a mapping tool, timeline of milestones, and a collection of research reports.

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Georgia Foundation Giving Declines, Grantmakers and Charities Agree on Future Needs
Georgia saw a decline in the number of its grantmaking foundations and their giving in 2010, according to Key Facts on Georgia Foundations. The dollar value of grants awarded by the state's foundations fell to $778 million, and the number of active foundations also shrank for the second straight year. Assets, however, rose 8.1 percent between 2009 and 2010 to $11.8 billion, suggesting that foundation giving may have begun to recover in 2011.

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Online Resource of Mexican Philanthropy Launched
Fondos a la Vista is a new searchable database of more than 22,000 Mexican philanthropies launched in partnership with the Mexico-based Alternativas y Capacidades and the Philanthropy and Civil Society Project at ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México). The online resource provides the Mexican public with reliable, comprehensive information about domestic donors and their philanthropic activity, including the organizations they support.

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Chinese-language Resources for Funders Now Available
Thirty-one guides widely used by grantmakers in the U.S. have been translated into Chinese for free distribution. The titles are part of GrantCraft, which taps the collective knowledge of funders to share insights to help them hone their craft.

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Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2013
Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2013, written by leading philanthropy scholar Lucy Bernholz, predicts big data-related shifts this year for donors and "doers." The Blueprint — a GrantCraft publication — provides more than a dozen examples of foundations embracing data and predicts data will be transformative for philanthropy in the future, in terms of both practice and policy.

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  Blueprint 2013

Foundation Center Aligns With World Bank Institute, Endorses Open Aid Partnership
World Bank The Foundation Center has endorsed the World Bank Institute's Open Aid Partnership and its efforts to improve the openness and effectiveness of development assistance worldwide. The Center will contribute data and analysis on global philanthropy in this effort to produce a collaborative map to help improve coordination, efficiency, transparency, and accountability of development assistance.

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IssueLab Knowledge Sharing Platform Now Contains 11,000 Resources
IssueLab Knowledge Sharing Platform Now Contains 11,000 Resources IssueLab provides free access to resources that analyze the world's most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges and their potential solutions. Its 11,000 documents represents one of the largest collections of social sector knowledge. Search and browse the database by social issue area, author, publishing organization, or geography.

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New Reports Shed Light on Payout Practices and Expense Patterns of U.S. Foundations
New Reports Shed Light on Payout Practices and Expense Patterns of U.S. Foundations Two new reports provide an authoritative, unbiased source of knowledge to help the public, policymakers, and foundations better understand payout practices and spending patterns of more than 1,000 larger U.S. independent foundations. Understanding and Benchmarking Foundation Payout finds that 46 percent of endowed foundations reported payout rates in the range of 5 to 5.9 percent, on average. Benchmarking Foundation Administrative Expenses finds that whether a foundation employs paid staff is the single most important factor affecting its expense levels.

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Foundation Center and TechSoup Global Form Strategic Alliance
Foundation Center and TechSoup Global Form Strategic Alliance The Foundation Center and TechSoup Global — an organization that connects nonprofits around the world with donated technology products and educational resources — have announced a strategic alliance that will leverage their expertise in data management, analysis, and visualization to unlock the power of information for the social sector worldwide.

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GuideStar and Foundation Center Offer New Benefits to Charitable Organizations
GuideStar and Foundation Center Offer New Benefits to Charitable Organizations In a new partnership that promotes knowledge sharing and strengthens the nonprofit and grantmaking sectors, GuideStar and the Foundation Center will support each other's activities and share information to enhance effectiveness and efficiency across the sector. The partnership kicks off with offers of discounts on specific products to supporters, members, and stakeholders.

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"Reporting Commitment" Opens Up Grants Data
Reporting Commitment Opens Up Grants Data A group of the largest U.S. foundations have formally committed to release their grant information in a consistent, open, and frequent manner, in an effort to more effectively address the issues facing our communities and our world. To date, 15 foundations have partnered with the Foundation Center and agreed to open up their grantmaking data in this initiative known as the "Reporting Commitment."

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New Research on Philanthropy Directed to Black Males in U.S. Reveals Important Trends
Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys is the first report of its kind to document philanthropic activity for black males. The research reveals that annual funding designated for black men and boys has been rising steadily, from $10 million in 2003 to $29 million in 2010. Education is a top funding priority for this group: between 2008 and 2010, education garnered 40 percent of these grant dollars.

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Foundation Center Launches "Eye on the Giving Pledge"
Foundation Center Launches Eye on the Giving Pledge The Giving Pledge is an effort that encourages wealthy Americans to commit the majority of their assets to philanthropic causes. "Eye on the Giving Pledge," a new feature at Glasspockets, offers an in-depth picture of Giving Pledge participants, their charitable activities, and the potential impact of the Giving Pledge. With a combined net worth of roughly $400 billion, the commitments made by the current 81 Giving Pledge participants could bring an estimated $200 billion or more to charity over time, representing a dramatic increase in philanthropic giving.

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Foundation Center Acquires IssueLab
Foundation Center Acquires IssueLab In the coming months, the Foundation Center's PubHub and IssueLab will be combined to provide open access to 12,000+ documents. It will be one of the largest collections of social sector research for nonprofit practitioners, grantmakers, policymakers, and researchers.

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Foundation Giving Lost Ground to Inflation in 2011
Foundation Giving Lost Ground to Inflation in 2011 Giving by U.S. foundations totaled an estimated $46.9 billion in 2011, surpassing the $46.8 billion pre-recession peak recorded in 2008. Yet, after accounting for inflation, contributions by the nation's more than 76,600 foundations were down slightly from 2010. According to Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates (2012 Edition), if the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation were excluded from the totals, 2011 giving would actually have gone down by roughly 3 percent after inflation.

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Giving in Illinois
Giving in Illinois Illinois is home to more than 4,000 grantmaking foundations and their giving totaled a record $2.4 billion in 2010 according to Giving in Illinois. The report examines the Illinois foundation community and giving priorities all foundations giving in the state; it was produced in cooperation with Chicago's Donors Forum.

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