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Resource Roundup: Best of 2016

One of our favorite things about working in the philanthropic industry is the wealth of resources available across the sector. As we come to the end of the first week of the new year, we wanted to share just a few of our favorite resources from the amazing partners we have the privilege of working with every day.2016 on snow at mountains

Via Philanthropy NorthWest Sindhu Knotz, of The Giving Practice, brought us The Art and Science of Designing Peer Learning Cohorts this past April 2016:

When The Giving Practice at Philanthropy Northwest partnered with the D5 Coalition in 2012 to study and report on the ways philanthropic leaders were advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, one of our most significant findings was that leaders need support from peer networks to advance this work.

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The 2016 Outsized Impact Report from Exponent Philanthropy shares tales of impact throughout our sector:

This annual report showcases many 2016 accomplishments across the sector and illustrates the power of small-staffed foundations, philanthropic families, and individual donors.

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Via Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers – Jennifer Chandler, National Council of Nonprofits, and Kristen Scott Kennedy, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, bring us their paper – A Network Approach to Capacity:

Chandler and Kennedy use case studies across the nonprofit sector to demonstrate how those participating in networks leverage resources and knowledge much more effectively than those who do not. While new nonprofits generally wait to engage in networks for various reasons, many case studies demonstrate that involvement from any point in organizational history will harness capacity for growth within the organization and in the network as a whole.

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From Ruth Masterson, of Exponent Philanthropy, Take a Fresh Look at Feedback:

As you engage in your philanthropy—working with grantees, applicants, board members, and, in many foundations, staff—you’re giving and receiving feedback all the time about things that concern you and things you love, whether you mean to or not. Feedback comes through via unconscious facial expressions, comments during meetings, or your enthusiasm for the work.

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From Foundation Center – Opening Up the Power of Youth as Grantmakers:

Transparency for the youth giving movement is critical because it illuminates the ways in which young people have been raising their voices to move the needle on the issues they care about.

~Sarah Bahn – former Foundation Center knowledge services fellow

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And, finally, from our own Foundant blog, What Can Philanthropy Learn from This Year’s Final Four? – by guest writer Lisa Fasolo Frishman of the New York Funders Alliance:

I will get my bias out in the first sentence – I live in a suburb of Syracuse, NY. I tell you this so you understand why basketball is on my mind. With both the men and women’s teams having been in this year’s Final Four, basketball still dominates much of the conversation in our town even though both of our lacrosse teams are finding success this spring. As I listen to those that know a lot more about basketball than me talk and dissect each game, each play, each strategy – I can’t help but think about how the lessons from this year’s Final Four relate to my work in philanthropy as the Executive Director of the NY Funders Alliance, one of the thirty-three regional associations in the country.

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What other resources are your favorites? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!