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Foundation Center Launches Foundation Maps Professional 2.0 With Free Trial

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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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- Register for the webinar on April 1

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

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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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- Get updates about the Partnership Platform

New GrantCraft Guide Helps Funders Navigate Capacity Building

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

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

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

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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- Download Blueprint 2015 at GrantCraft Free

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

Marieke van Schaik, top, and Melissa Berman, bottom

Marieke van Schaik and Melissa Berman have been elected to Foundation Center's Board of Trustees. Their three-year terms of service will commence in April 2015. 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).

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New Initiative Will Engage Philanthropy in Post-2015 Global Development Process


As the Millennium Development Goals come to a close and the global aid community embarks on the post-2015 development agenda, UNDP, Foundation Center, and RPA have partnered with leading foundations to engage the philanthropic sector in the post-2015 global development process. This "Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy" will transform collaboration and impact.

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U.S. Foundation Giving Reaches an Estimated $54.7 Billion in 2013

Key Facts on U.S. Foundations, 2014 Edition

According to the new edition of Key Facts on U.S. Foundations, the country's 86,192 foundations held $715 billion in assets and distributed a record $52 billion in 2012. This annual research study estimates 2013 giving at $54.7 billion and the outlook for 2014 is for growth to continue ahead of inflation, with independent and family foundations growing at a higher rate than other types of foundations.

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New Report Examines Philanthropy's Role in Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery

Philanthropy & Hurricane Sandy: A Report on the Foundation & Corporate Response

Philanthropy & Hurricane Sandy: A Report on the Foundation & Corporate Response examines the response of foundations, corporations, and other institutional donors to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. It finds that nearly 600 funders have so far committed more than $380 million for relief, recovery, and building. The data in the report reveal details about who provided funding and for what purposes, which organizations received support, and where funders and recipients were located. It also highlights leading organizations in the region that have been important partners to philanthropy in the disaster response.

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Community Foundation Atlas Now Available

Community Atlas Foundation

The Community Foundation Atlas is the most comprehensive directory of the world's community foundations that has ever been published. This new online platform maps the identities, locations, assets, roles, and achievements of organizations around the world. It includes a directory and map of foundations, downloadable infographics and analyses of baseline data, and first-person accounts that show how place-based foundations are helping to advance their communities' aspirations, large and small.

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- Explore the Community Foundation Atlas Free

Foundation Center Releases Innovative Data Visualization Platform

Foundation Maps

Foundation Maps helps funders and nonprofits access the knowledge they need to make strategic decisions and achieve greater impact. Relying on Foundation Center's deep databases of foundations and their grants, it covers more than 3 million grants totaling more than $220 billion made by over 33,000 foundations to nearly 300,000 recipients around the world. Users have the ability to generate maps and charts revealing connections between funders, their grants, and their partners around the corner and around the world.

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Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and
Foundation Center Form Strategic Alliance

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

This new nationwide partnership will expand access to data on philanthropy and improve foundation effectiveness. It will entail establishing platforms and systems for collecting data contributed by Forum members — 34 geographically organized associations of funders — and translating it into tools that will benefit not only the Forum membership, but the broader philanthropy sector.

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Neal R. Hegarty Joins Foundation Center
Board of Trustees

Neal Hegarty

Neal R. Hegarty, vice president of programs at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, has been elected to Foundation Center's board of trustees. His service will commence with the board's meeting in November, 2014.

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New Website Captures the Global Human Rights Funding Landscape

Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking

Foundation Center and the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) have produced two new resources designed to advance knowledge and facilitate strategic decision making in the field of human rights philanthropy. According to Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking, 745 foundations in 34 countries made over 17,000 grants totaling $1.7 billion in human rights funding in 2011. These statistics are brought to life in an interactive website that enables exploration of giving by issue focus, population focus, and region and includes top funder lists, sample grants, and case studies.

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- Explore the website and download the Key Findings

Dr. John Patrick Bailey Is New Director of Cleveland Office

John Patrick Bailey, Ph.D.

John Patrick Bailey, Ph.D., a seasoned leader with extensive operational and organizational management experience in the social sector, became the director of Foundation Center's regional office in Cleveland on June 2, 2014.

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Foundation Center Launches GrantCraft Makeover


GrantCraft is a service of the Foundation Center that harnesses the practical wisdom of funders worldwide to provide free resources that improve the practice of philanthropy. A completely redesigned GrantCraft website is conveniently organized by strategies, issues, and content types. The new site is home to guides, blogs, videos, and other media that address questions faced by funders of all types around the world, helping to support a global movement of strategic philanthropy.

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- Explore GrantCraft

Foundation Center, InterAction Announce Partnership


The Foundation Center and InterAction (a coalition of non-governmental organizations that work on international development and humanitarian assistance) have announced a strategic partnership to promote greater visibility and understanding of global private development assistance. The partnership will focus on data sharing, capacity building, and data analysis within the NGO and foundation communities, including: increasing the amount of publicly available information; improving practice around data collection, management, and dissemination; and exploring which factors currently drive resource allocations by nonprofits, foundations, and other relevant philanthropic actors.

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New Research on the Field of Black Male Achievement Highlights Successes and Opportunities


Building a Beloved Community: Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement is a timely resource in light of a growing chorus of national initiatives focused on improving the economic, social, and physical well-being of black males, including President Obama’s announcement in February 2014 launching My Brother’s Keeper. Based on interviews with 50 leaders in the social, academic, government, and business sectors — including Robert K. Ross, president of the California Endowment; Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation; and Emmett Carson, president and CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation — the report explores diverse, multi-disciplinary, and cross-sector efforts in the field.

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Deborah D. Hoover Joins Foundation Center Board of Trustees


Deborah D. Hoover was elected to the Foundation Center's board of trustees on April 10, 2014. She is president and CEO of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, advisory board chair of the Foundation Center's library/learning center in Cleveland, and chair of the Fund for Our Economic Future.

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- View the Foundation Center's Board of Trustees

New Report on Foundation Funding to Address Domestic Violence


Foundation Funding to Address Domestic Violence in California, supported by the Blue Shield of California Foundation, is the first-ever examination of philanthropy’s contribution to the field of domestic violence. Using data from the Foundation Center’s research database, the report provides a landscape analysis to inform community organizations, funders, government agencies, and other stakeholders working to improve prevailing statistics that show one in three women will experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in her lifetime.

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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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