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Early Childhood Care and Education Curated Evidence Base

December 04, 2018

The Heising-Simons Foundation, the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, and Foundation Center launched a joint effort to map the last ten years of philanthropic giving in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education. The resulting online destination, a funding landscape, is publicly available and offers a valuable starting place for funders and practitioners to explore …

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Launched! Barr Foundation's New Knowledge Center

November 30, 2018

The Barr Foundation’s new Knowledge Center, powered by IssueLab, was created to maximize impact in the Foundation’s issue areas and the broader field. The collection features key learning and work from the Foundation’s partners and includes publications and resources, both current and legacy. Most of the collected works were funded by the Barr Foundation. On …

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New Special Collection: Participatory Grantmaking

October 02, 2018

Participatory grantmaking encompasses a range of models, methods, challenges, and insights. At its core, this approach to funding cedes decision-making power about grants to the very communities impacted by funding decisions. This special collection gathers the experience and insights of funders who have shifted power and builds on the wisdom explored in the GrantCraft guide …

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New Special Collection: Democracy

July 04, 2018

With the 2018 U.S. midterm elections just around the corner, we’ve collected social sector research on the topic of American democracy to challenge and complement blog posts and opinion pieces that will be staples of the 24/7 news cycle in the lead up to the elections. You’ll find reports about election and campaign administration, voting …

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OPEN KNOWLEDGE

Open For Good is Doing Great!

February 08, 2018

In July 2017, Foundation Center launched Open For Good — a movement to encourage foundations to openly share their knowledge. When we are #OpenForGood, we all learn from each other — and that can make incredible things happen. Each year, foundations make more than $5 billion in grants toward knowledge production, including assessments, evaluations, reports, …

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Special Collection: Gun Violence

October 03, 2017

The recent mass shooting in Las Vegas has left many of us, again, wondering why this uniquely American problem keeps happening and what can be done about it. This special collection brings together evidence and insights from nonprofits, foundations, and research organizations working to understand the full impact of firearm use and gun violence in the …

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OPEN KNOWLEDGE

New Evaluation Collection Allows Social Sector to Easily Share Results

July 07, 2017

We believe that the ability to learn shouldn’t be limited by who you know. Every day foundations and nonprofits learn hard-earned lessons about what’s worked, what hasn’t, and why. But not enough of them share those lessons consistently and openly. Now there is a simple way for foundations, nonprofits, and the evaluators they work with to …

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Why We Make Free, Public Information More Accessible and How You Can Help

February 16, 2017

One of the key roles the nonprofit sector plays in civil society is providing evidence about social problems and their solutions. Given recent changes to policies regarding the sharing of knowledge and evidence by federal agencies, that function is more critical than ever. Nonprofits deliver more than direct services such as running food banks or …

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Special Collection: Multi-party Advocacy

February 15, 2017

For many foundations, collaboration is key to advocating for policy and practice change. But these kinds of partnerships can be challenging to execute well. “Sticking points”, like conflicts over decision-making power or competition for resources, can derail advocacy-focused efforts and make even the most earnest collaborator wary. Given the current conversation around philanthropy’s role in funding …

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Special Collection: Disconnected Youth

December 07, 2016

IssueLab’s new collection on the topic of disconnected youth brings together 139 reports, case studies, program evaluations, factsheets, and toolkits from nonprofits and foundations across the U.S. This diverse collection of “grey literature” from organizations both large and small, dates back 16 years and describes a broad range of approaches to meeting the needs of …

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