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Cambridge Community Foundation;
In this annual report we want to lift up the voices of our youth, the people who will one day inherit the new Cambridge. They often see inconvenient truths and have insights that can only come from the young. In some cases, they are already launching innovative solutions to the problems that they feel most deeply. In this way, they inspire us to discover and support social innovation wherever it exists, whether in our universities, our entrepreneurial culture, or in 10-year-old Aviana Dupee and other young people you will read about in this report.At our core we aspire to champion everyone who imagines a just and equitable city where we can all thrive. We fund grassroots leaders who use their lived experience to find solutions to local problems. We invest in innovative programs, like Cambridge RISE, which changes the lives of single parents and grandparents who are caring for children and struggling with everyday expenses. We form partnerships with nonprofits, civic leaders, universities, and donors to help good ideas take root.We exist to protect the qualities that make Cambridge the city you love. And, of course, we exist to create a better city for the young people who speak so eloquently on the following pages.
ILGA-Europe continues our needs assessment work in partnership with Strength in Numbers to make a case to both better align and increase funding for the work of LGBTI organisations in Europe and Central Asia.The first funding needs assessment was done in 2017 with the intention to shine a light on the activities undertaken by LGBTI organisations, particularly those that are underfunded compared to the importance that organisations give to them. The 2021 needs assessment continues this work, with additional intentions to detect changes in the funding landscape, as well as collect additional data about the lived realities of LGBTI activists and organisations operating in the context of COVID-19, and in many countries, anti-LGBTI and/or anti-gender rhetoric, threats and attacks. Ultimately, ILGA-Europe monitors the funding landscape with an eye to moving towards sustainability for LGBTI organisations, ensuring LGBTI people on the ground can access the services they need and are free from discrimination.Where sufficient data are available, it highlights disparities between regions, so donors and activists can be aware of gaps in resources identified by LGBTI activists. ILGA-Europe would like to see the report used as a tool to continue conversations between donors and movements to increase the funding available and align the priorities of donors with the needs and opportunities experienced by LGBTI movements. The report is also intended to reach LGBTI organisations, including ILGA-Europe members, with a view to enhancing our collective understanding of how funding can support the work of our movements.
Whether it's classifying the billions of neurons that make up our brain, tracing the lineages of our development or understanding the detailed ins and outs of our cells, Allen Institute scientists are making the unknown known — and ultimately helping us to understand what it means to be human.
International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL);
Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) perform a vital role in different communities worldwide, often remote, and challenging/hard to reach.Their functions may include but not limited to providing relief and support to groups of the population in need in urgent crisis; advocating for peace, democracy, and the rule of law in countries that suffer deficits of the same; striving for the realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms and promoting a human rights culture in a non-violent way.Unfortunately, the FATF policy regulation has linked some non-profit organisation operations and funding to illicit sources and the facilitation of discrete processes and intent to finance terrorism.
MAVA Fondation pour la Nature;
Building on over 25 years of grant and decision-making at MAVA, this publication sheds lights on three distinct decision-making models implemented by the foundation over the last decades. It looks at the roles of board members and staff as well as the centre of gravity for decision-making. Based on the experience of the foundation, the authors provide pros and cons for each of the models. While there is no single answer to the best decision-making model question, the authors explain that collaborative processes, adaptive management, speed and trust are important factors for increasing impact and that the decision-making process needs to be build for that purpose. This report is part of a series of learning products developed by MAVA (due to close down in 2022) to reflect on and share the foundation's learnings about institution processes and ways of working, with the aim of inspiring donor strategies and best practices. Other learning products are available in this virtual library and here: https://mava-foundation.org/learning/
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation;
Launched in 2004, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Organizational Effectiveness (OE) program goal is to help nonprofits become high-performing organizations that are healthy, sustainable, and successful in achieving their goals. The program helps grantees build capacity through grants of targeted support across all the foundation's program areas.1 In late 2020, the foundation's Effective Philanthropy Group (EPG) launched a strategy refresh of its OE program.This report summarizes the results of a field scan conducted between January and August 2021 as part of this strategy refresh. The scan sought to learn how the field of nonprofit capacity strengthening has changed over time; who supports capacity strengthening, in what ways, and how they evaluate and learn from their investments; and how broader political, economic, social, and cultural trends are likely to affect the field of nonprofit capacity strengthening in the future. These trends were examined through: (a) a literature review; (b) 15 key informant interviews; and (c) discussions within the foundation's EPG team to analyze findings and their implications.By making the results of this study publicly available, the foundation hopes that it will benefit funders (both in the U.S. and overseas); consultants and support organizations who provide capacity strengthening services; and nonprofits who are interested in or already on an organizational development journey. This study's constraints include a limited set of interviewees selected by the foundation, and concepts and sources that are biased towards North American perspectives. The scan also focused primarily on funders' experiences and did not directly include the perspectives of grantees. The foundation has commissioned an independent evaluation of its OE program, which will include feedback and input from grantees, consultants, and foundation staff. Evaluation findings will be shared later this year.
Council of Michigan Foundations;
CMF's 2021 Annual Report: Together on the Journey illustrates the innovative leadership of our members in the areas of Equity, People, Practice and Policy and how CMF is championing the work of Michigan philanthropy as we continue to live into our Equity at the Center strategic framework.As you will see in this edition, 2021 was a year of reimagination and deepened commitment for CMF and our community of philanthropy. Together, we:Created spaces to advance personal and organizational equity journeys.Supported the next generation of philanthropy leaders and emerging leaders through youth philanthropy programming and resources, a revamped mentoring program and member-sponsored fellowships.Convened ad hoc working groups, bringing together deep expertise, research and new partners to address our most pressing issues.Piloted new efforts to inform long-term strategies to move the needle on systemic change.Deepened connections with local and state policymakers to partner in navigating incoming federal COVID relief dollars to shape equitable investments.Commissioned research to provide data to the field to inform data-driven conversations.We are deeply grateful for all in our community of philanthropy who engage and support these efforts, in service to the communities we serve, our state and our field.
Community Foundation for Greater New Haven;
The two crisis years of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought dizzying changes, not only to how we all live and work but also to what we need to do to build the community of opportunity and equity that we envision.Great thinkers and leaders from Albert Einstein to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King have long emphasized that crisis can and must be the impetus for positive change. Surely, this is true of our time. In 2020-22, amidst tragic losses and glaringly revealed inequities, our deep social and racial divisions have been so inescapable as to lead many to commit to do more and to do things differently.This can be a time of transformation. Whether we all make it so here in Greater New Haven will determine much about the future of our community. For The Foundation, these last two yearshave been about transforming what we do and how we do it, both to continue to address the urgent needs and deep inequities stemming from COVID-19 and to more fully "inspire, support, inform, listen to and collaborate with the people and organizations of Greater New Haven" in the words of our mission statement.Transformation means many things at The Foundation. We are centering racial equity across all of our work. We are advancing economic as well as social solutions to the community's challenges. We are engaging community members more broadly and deeply, listening in new ways to those close to the issues we seek to address and empowering them with the authority and resources to act on their ideas.We are building a culture that embraces innovation so we can respond better to the rapidly changing dynamics in our community. The many ways in which these changes are reflected in our work are described throughout this annual report. At the same time, the pages that follow detail how The Foundation is building on our proud 94-year legacy of work with local donors and nonprofits, including receiving the largest gift in The Foundation's history this past year for the benefit of four vitally important local organizations.In addition to doing things differently, we are doing more. With the continuing extraordinary support of our donors and the unprecedented supplemental extraction from certain of our endowments under our Stepping Forward initiative, The Foundation will have an incremental $15 million in discretionary resources in 2021-23 to address the impacts of COVID-19 and to advance racial equity. Stepping Forward launched in early 2021. Its impact is reflected in all that is described in the pages of this annual report as well.In 2022, The Foundation is reviewing our plans and strategies and considering adjustments we may need to make in order to most effectively support meaningful transformation in our community going forward.As we do so, we see clear signs of genuine and important transformation. This annual report details three examples:While New Haven has long taken justifiable pride in the theatrical, musical, artistic and historic assets that make our area the cultural capital of Connecticut, the focus is shifting today. A movement to prioritize artists, creatives and different cultural traditions is beginning to transform how we think about our cultural life. Today, our community is increasingly about "cultural equity."A new generation of leadership voices is emerging in our community. Bringing diverse perspectives and new ideas about what equity really looks like, these changemakers are challenging traditional ways of thinking and beginning to set a new agenda.With New Haven growing and private investment increasing, the public/ private agenda in our community is increasingly focused on ensuring that the benefits of our growth are widely shared. "Inclusive growth" is beginning to replace "economic development" on the short list of our community's major priorities.
Rian Immigrant Center;
At the time of print, Russia is waging war in Ukraine, and the humanitarian, refugee crises in Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Haiti, Central America and elsewhere weigh heavy. The pandemic has resulted in deep loss and pain for so many – and disproportionally on marginalized immigrant families. It's a dark picture. In this context, we share a summary of the work of our immigration legal, education, resource and support services, advocacy, and international learning exchange teams. Our hearts are full of gratitude for your support - our donors, foundations, government and community partners. Thank you for standing in solidarity with our immigrant neighbors. We are grateful for our longstanding partnerships with Rosie's Place and the Boston Medical Center, and for being able to assist more immigrant patients at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless (with Health Law Advocates), and assisting more K-12 immigrant students in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville (with Enroot), Revere, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, and Winthrop.
Open data projects have been in existence for decades, especially as the amount of data stored on computers throughout the world has skyrocketed. Accessibility to that data is at the heart of these efforts, as public and private entities work to make data freely available and useful to the public. Also critical is the role that freely available data in general -- and public or government data in particular — play in accountability and transparency in government, as well as increasing both public participation and public awareness. As one interviewee noted, "Data makes it clear that the earth rotates around the sun — not the sun around the earth. Data can lay plain the places where our worldview needs to change."The Open 990 Project of the Aspen Institute and its partners represents a giant leap forward, providing nonprofits a connected, data-informed future. After only five years, there are compelling examples available from individuals, nonprofits, and collaboratives alike of how the Open 990 Project is seeding and empowering change throughout the nonprofit sector. A large number of websites, projects, researchers, governments, and companies are now using IRS Forms 990, 990-EZ, and 990-PF data (hereafter, "990 data") to redesign how they work and how they engage with stakeholders.
The Global Fund;
The Global Fund was created 20 years ago to fight what were then the deadliest pandemics confronting humanity: HIV and AIDS, TB and malaria. Since then, our unique partnership has saved 44 million lives and cut the death rates from the three diseases by more than half. Together, we have proven that with science, adequate resources and effective global collaboration, we can force even the deadliest diseases into retreat. Today, we are the world's largest multilateral organization fighting the world's deadliest pandemics: HIV, TB, malaria and now COVID-19. As the largest multilateral provider of grants in global health and the only multilateral agency specifically created to fight pandemics, the Global Fund partnership is uniquely placed to collaborate with partners to support countries to prevent, prepare for and respond to pandemics.
History illuminates the capacity and courage of young people to drive positive change in the world, but for far too long their ideas have been restricted or constrained within the structures of the broader social sector. Power is often held by adult-led social purpose organisations - be they funders, charities, enterprises, or public bodies - that end up speaking on behalf of young people and controlling or containing their ideas about what change is needed and how to make it.Challenge and Change set out to address this by moving decision-making power and resources to young people. It was intended as a youth-led fund dedicated to supporting the limitless energy of young campaigners who are affected by injustices and working tirelessly across England to create positive change. The fund's charitable purpose is 'advancement of citizenship' .Since the launch of Challenge and Change in 2020, many funders and social sector leads have reached out to Blagrave keen to understand the journey of the fund in its pilot year. This report has been produced by Blagrave and CfKE to share our learning with those working on, or interested in, supporting the development of youth-led funds.This report seeks to capture both the deeper reflections that this fund has generated as well as some of the finer details of design, launch, implementation, and review. This includes honesty about what went well, what didn't, and where there are further questions to reflect on.