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Social Compact In A Changing World: How Philanthropies are Grappling with Growing Scrutiny and Critique

September 11, 2019

This paper is an expansion of a concept introduced in The Philanthropy Framework, a publication of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Theory of the Foundation initiative, which seeks to enhance the capacity of philanthropies to effectively align their resources for the impact they envision. The Philanthropy Framework is a tool for analyzing how a philanthropy makes decisions, interacts with others and the broader society, and utilizes its capabilities and resources. The Framework is comprised of three elements:Charter, the organization's scope, form of governance and decision-making protocol.Social compact, its implicit or explicit agreement with society about the value it will create.Operating model, the approach to the resources, structures and systems needed to implement strategy.

Philanthropy and the SDGs: Getting Started

April 25, 2019

In 2015, the countries of the world came together at the United Nations and signed on to a historic agreement called "Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," which included a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs chart a way forward to a just, secure, and sustainable future for people and the planet. This guide introduces the SDGs and explores how philanthropic funders can align with them to increase their impact on the issues they care about.

Philanthropy and the SDGs: Practical Tools For Alignment

April 25, 2019

This guide provides practical steps for philanthropic funders that are ready to align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—the global agenda for people and planet adopted by all countries at the United Nations in 2015. In this guide, you'll learn how to plan, assess, report, and take action on the SDGs, and you'll read illuminating examples of other funders facing and resolving challenges similar to yours.

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.

Giving As A Family

December 1, 2017

To share one's philanthropy with loved ones can be a very meaningful, but at times overwhelming, experience. The aim of the Dasra Philanthropy Guide, 'Giving As a Family' is to help donors navigate this journey. The guide sets out key considerations and poses guiding questions to help philanthropists examine how they might approach this particular form of partnership.

Scaling Solutions Toward Shifting Systems

October 1, 2017

This report marks the findings and recommendations RPA have so far in the process of encouraging funders to work in more collaborative ways to place longer-term, adaptive, and responsive resources with grantees and investees to accelerate scalable solutions that target systemic changes addressing pressing global problems. The input of dozens of funders, in addition to the perspectives of the organizations who receive grants and impact investments, was crucial in formulating the recommendations contained here.

Your Philanthropy Roadmap

October 1, 2017

The seriousness, scale and complexity of India's development challenges- from rising inequality to extreme poverty and climate change- are quickly outpacing the ability of our government to single handedly address them. The good news is that the Indian philanthropy has matured significantly over the years. According to the India Philanthropy Report 2017, private donations made up 32% of total contributions to the development sector in India in 2016, up from a mere 15% in 2011. However, this exponential rise in philanthropy comes with an increased responsibility to ensure that the philanthropic capital is disbursed in a way that creates maximum impact and moves the needle on key development indicators. This may be easy to say, but in reality this requires givers to adopt a great deal of strategic thinking and planning. The difficulty in giving strategically makes several philanthropists face questions such as "How much should I give?", "Which cause(s) should I focus on?", "How do I distinguish between the credible and less credible NGOs out there?" As an increasing amount of philanthropic capital is directed towards India's development, there is a need for philanthropists to seek expert guidance that helps them navigate through such questions and build an effective plan for their philanthropy. Your Philanthropy Roadmap, is the first in a series of guides published by Dasra in collaboration with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) with support from Sampradaan to fulfil this need.

Frameworks for Private Foundations: A New Model for Impact

June 27, 2017

Philanthropy is evolving more quickly than ever with new societal challenges, new players, and new strategies. Funders are seeking to increase their effectiveness, and want clear, practical guidance for getting there. This GrantCraft leadership series paper produced in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), explores the core frameworks that shape private foundations, and offers a roadmap for funders interested in reflecting on these frameworks to better align purpose, public benefit, and action.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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