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Welcome to NNCG's Knowledge Center -- a searchable, online database of resources for and about grantmaking, produced by highly qualified and experienced philanthropy consultants. NNCG's Knowledge Center contains a wealth of reports, case studies, infographics, issue briefs, videos and more that offer ideas, research and helpful information about almost every aspect of philanthropy. Each item was authored or published by an NNCG member. NNCG constructed the Knowledge Center in partnership with Candid -- one of the most respected and trusted sources of information in the philanthropic field.
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Scaling Solutions Report 2018: Approaches for Impact, Approaches for Learning

September 24, 2018

Realizing that the world's pressing challenges are becoming more complex, many philanthropic funders are reflecting on how to create more transformational impact.To help answer that question, the Scaling Solutions toward Shifting Systems initiative was launched in 2016 as an inquiry: Can we encourage collaborative, longer-term, adaptive resources to fund and accelerate scalable solutions targeting systemic changes around pressing global issues? Since then, the initiative's steering group and team, with representation from the Skoll, Ford and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundations, Porticus, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, has examined when, how, and why certain solutions were able to grow and achieve the system-level shifts that were anticipated.

Risk Management for Philanthropy: A Toolkit

January 2, 2017

Risk is a fundamental component of philanthropists' success. Philanthropists invest money to achieve certain specified outcomes, and like any investment, that transaction is governed by the interplay between risk and return. While philanthropy has taken strides in recent years to build out the monitoring and evaluation systems necessary to measure and determine our return—described as impact—we routinely ignore the risk half of the equation.To address this gap, Open Road Alliance, Rockefeller Foundation, and Arabella Advisors convened the Commons— a diverse task force that represents all facets of philanthropy, including foundations, nonprofits, impact service providers, nonprofit attorneys, wealth advisors, and philanthropic associations. The Commons confirmed that the lack of open conversation about potential risk is a major problem for the field, and developed a first set of user-friendly tools to help funders implement better risk practices. These tools are broadly applicable across the philanthropic sector and can help all types of funders, from those first beginning to discuss risk internally to those who are evaluating the effectiveness of their risk management strategies after several years. With this toolkit, we seek to encourage funders to establish a deliberate risk profile and integrate risk management into their philanthropic practice.

Investimento de Impacto: uma introdução

October 11, 2016

Durante muitos anos, a filantropia e o investimento foram considerados disciplinas separadas – uma visando à mudança social e a outra, o ganho financeiro. A ideia de que as duas coisas pudessem estar integradas em uma mesma estrutura – basicamente, trazendo retorno financeiro enquanto fazia o bem – deu à maioria dos filantropos e investidores o rótulo de sonhadores. Mas isso acabou. O investimento de impacto, que procura gerar benefícios sociais e ambientais enquanto traz retorno financeiro, está crescendo em popularidade.Este guia é parte da série Seu Roteiro para a Filantropia, e foi escrito para doadores que queiram complementar abordagens de investimento social tradicionais investindo seus ativos financeiros na promoção de mudança social e ambiental.

Impact Investing: an introduction

April 8, 2016

This guide is part of the Philanthropy Roadmap series and is expressly written for donors who may wish to complement traditional grantmaking approaches as they invest their assets to promote change. Think of it as an introduction to the world of impact investing

Supporting Social Entrepreneurship

April 8, 2016

This guide is designed to help philanthropists evaluate whether they want to include support for social entrepreneurs in their giving or investment programs, and how to begin doing so. For philanthropists accustomed to more traditional grantees, yet interested in backing these groundbreaking leaders, funding social entrepreneurs can feel like entering uncharted territory. Donors might find themselves intrigued by the potential for change, and yet, at the same time, unsure of what to expect in a field where the unexpected is the norm.

Seu Roteiro para a Filantropia

April 8, 2016

O guia foi apresenta o leito ao mundo da filantropia estratégica e efetiva. É um roteiro para doadores -- indivíduos, casais, famílias ou grupos. Oferece um panorama sobre as questões que podem ser levadas em consideração por filantropos enquanto criam suas próprias estratégias de doação.

Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2015: Data to Drive Decisions

November 12, 2015

Jointly produced by Foundation Center and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2015: Data to Drive Decisions analyzes funding trends for disasters and humanitarian crises in 2013. In addition to examining U.S. foundation funding, this second annual report integrates other disaster-related funding data, including bilateral and multilateral aid, corporate giving, and online giving, to paint a more detailed picture of how institutional philanthropy is situated within the broader disaster funding landscape. Collectively, this report, along with the dashboard and mapping platform, provides donors, practitioners, and other stakeholders with in-depth information on funding flows for disasters and humanitarian crises. Explore more at disasterphilanthropy.org.

Philanthropy in the Family Office: A Global Perspective

June 2, 2015

Global Family Office Community, in partnership with Hammer & Associates have jointly published the report, "Philanthropy in the Family Office: A Global Perspective". The report, is the first global study to research philanthropy in family offices worldwide, and has been launched at the Global Family Office Conference 2015.

Next Gen Philanthropy: finding the path between tradition and innovation

January 1, 2014

This guide offers a series of questions that every next generation donor should carefully consider, as well as recommendations based on the past experiences of other next gen donors. It is not designed to tell you what to do or how to think. On the contrary, it starts from the assumption that you are the captain of your destiny when it comes to philanthropy. The goal is to inspire you to dream and consider new possibilities, to plan what joy in giving might look like. Written for emerging philanthropists and for those who are established but considering a slight-to-massive makeover, we want to reveal the potential -- as well as the challenges -- of giving. And we want to do it from the fresh perspective of what some people call the next generation: those who must decide how to honor the legacy of the past while creating a legacy of their own.

Giving as a couple

January 1, 2014

This brief guide is for emerging and experienced philanthropists. Part of the "Philanthropy Roadmap" series, it sets out key considerations for donors who give as a couple. It also poses questions to help donors examine how they might approach this particular form of partnership -- and adventure.

Talking to your family about philanthropy

January 1, 2014

This guide briefly reviews why you might consider talking with family members about philanthropy and when it might be appropriate. It also looks at how to prepare for such a dialogue and what topics might be covered. As with all the guides in the Philanthropy Roadmap series, key questions provide an avenue for reflection and engagement.

Listening to Those Who Matter Most, the Beneficiaries

January 1, 2013

The views and experiences of the people who benefit from social programs are often overlooked and under appreciated, even though they are an invaluable source of insight into a program's effectiveness. This paper concentrates on why beneficiaries in development assistance should be the first point of call in seeking advise and in measurement of impacts.

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