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The Theory of the Foundation European Initiative

January 23, 2017

The purpose of the Theory of the Foundation European Initiative was to contribute key insights into European foundations; and to look beyond the direct charitable activities or grant-making of European foundations and instead to explore and understand how foundations operate as organisations in their pursuit of mission and social impact. This we term a "whole foundation approach".Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) established a framework to stimulate discussion around the organisational form of philanthropy called "The Theory of the Foundation."1 Inspired by Peter Drucker's "Theory of the Business,"2 RPA's approach to framing philanthropic practice is detailed in Figure 1 and contains three core domains: Charter, Social Compact, and Operating Capabilities.

12 Resolutions for Better Communications Slidecast

July 15, 2014

Learn the principles that help mission-driven organizations communicate their purpose, character, and culture. Gain an understanding of how mission-driven design can create purpose-driven communications.Every day, meaningful causes are trying to rise above the noise and be heard. Is your voice one of those? Mission-driven design is a framework for understanding how your organization's purpose, character, and culture help create its unique personality and distinctive voice.Viewers will gain an awareness of the principles of mission-driven design, and insights into how the Manifesto principles can positively impact their communications and supporter relationships.This slidecast will help executive directors, communication and development directors, board members, grant and program managers, and related nonprofit staff become more effective communicators.

Managing for Learning and Impact

January 1, 2012

Over the past three years, the King Baudouin Foundation has developed a more systematic approach for the evaluation of its projects, which FSG helped codify in the KBF Project Management Guide: 'Managing for Learning and Impact'. There is a growing interest of foundations in Europe to evaluate the intended impact of their projects and programs. Foundations invest in an impact-driven philanthropy and therefore develop specific strategies, activities and tools.

Untapped Potential: European Foundation Funding for Women and Girls

May 25, 2011

Analyzes trends in European foundation giving and programmatic activities focused on women and girls, including as a percentage of funding and number of grants, issue areas, and approaches to funding. Highlights best practices in effective engagement.

Multiplying Impact Through Philanthropic Collaboration

November 1, 2010

This paper was commissioned by the Network Building Committee of EFC in order to better understand the critical factors relating to effective collaboration between foundations and across sectors, to identify mechanisms and services that can trigger and nurture them, and to test which of these (if any) EFC would be well placed to provide or facilitate. In addition to this goal, we hope to spark a wider conversation within the sector about how to catalyse more collaboration between donors --particularly across national borders. The study drew on input from 20 key stakeholders, an in-depth study of five benchmarks and eight examples of successful collaboration.

Who Comes to the Table? Stakeholder Interactions in Philanthropy

January 1, 2005

The paper presents current American perspectives on stakeholder interactions in philanthropy, with the focus being on foundations. In particular, it demonstrates the human dynamics of these interactions and suggests how these interactions can be improved. Moreover, the paper includes brief descriptions of stakeholder interaction patterns for foundations in some other countries - Belgium, Brazil, Hong Kong, India, South Africa, Thailand and United Kingdom.

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