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Category: "Knowledge Sharing" (72 posts)

Bringing Knowledge Full Circle: Giving Circles Shape Accessible and Meaningful Philanthropy
June 21, 2017

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation’s Giving Circles Fund initiative allows individuals to pool their resources, knowledge and ideas to develop their philanthropic strategy and scale their impact.

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Why Evaluations Are Worth Reading – or Not
June 14, 2017

Robert R. McCormick Foundation’s evaluation initiatives changed the way that the foundation understands and does its work. Excellent evaluations can inform, guide, and assess programs, strategies, initiatives, organizations and movements.

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The Real World is Messy. How Do You Know Your Foundation Is Making an Impact?
June 7, 2017

In a perfect world, foundations could learn from every mistake, build on every new piece of knowledge, and know with certainty what impact every effort has made. It turns out knowledge sharing is a tough nut to crack.

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Because What You Know Shouldn’t Just Be About Who You Know
June 1, 2017

This post, the first in the Glasspockets' #OpenForGood series, makes the case for how philanthropy can be improved through greater knowledge sharing by foundations and announces the launch of IssueLab: Results.

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The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age
May 10, 2017

In his new book, David Callahan gives us a grand tour of the philanthropic landscape in the opening decades of the twenty-first century while opening a window on how today's economic winners are eyeing philanthropy as the ultimate opportunity to convert wealth into power.

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Open Yourself Up to New Solutions
April 5, 2017

If you’ve been following headlines since the 2016 election, you’ve probably thought about the growing polarization in our country. Most people fund people and organizations they already know through referrals and established networks, but if we’re going to solve the big problems facing our world, we need to move beyond our personal echo chambers.

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Transparency Talk Welcomes Arcus Foundation to Glasspockets
March 29, 2017

Arcus Foundation joins the Glasspockets community of foundations that have publicly commited to working transparently. By taking and sharing the “Who Has Glass Pockets?” self-assessment, Arcus is contributing to a growing collection of profiles that serve as a knowledge bank and transparency benchmarking mechanism.

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From Good Idea to Problem Solved: Funding the Innovation Means Funding the Process
February 8, 2017

Bush Foundation shares why philanthropy needs transparent and thoughtful ways to get community buy-in and a wide variety of perspectives to make those ideas a reality. Truly good ideas—those that will really have a sustainable impact—are often created in deep partnership and trust between organizations, leaders, and—most critically—the people most affected by a problem.

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Glasspockets Find – Can the Silicon Valley Giving Code Be Cracked?
December 21, 2016

Despite the Silicon Valley’s tech innovation culture, burgeoning new wealth, and new philanthropy, local community-based nonprofits struggle to attract funding from some of the world’s most generous funders – right in their own backyard. Why are 30% of local service providers reporting higher deficits than the national average? The authors noted the region is developing an “emerging giving code – an implicit set of strategies and approaches shared by Silicon Valley’s individual, corporate, and institutional philanthropists alike.” This approach to giving is “widely shared among the region’s new philanthropists” and heavily influenced by technology and business. - right in their own backyard. Despite this wealth of local resources, about 30% of the community-based organizations focused on providing local safety net support – such as homelessness, poverty, troubled public schools – reported higher deficits than the national average. The authors noted the region is developing an “emerging giving code – an implicit set of strategies and approaches shared by Silicon Valley’s individual, corporate, and institutional philanthropists alike.” This approach to giving is “widely shared among the region’s new philanthropists” and heavily influenced by technology and business.

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Building Communities of Practice in Crop Research
November 22, 2016

To spur change at the systems level, it is critical to involve many individuals and institutions that work within that system, facilitating the sharing of information and knowledge. The McKnight Foundation has successfully developed a community of practice (CoP) model that has sparked new thinking and innovation in agriculture research and development, which has spurred cross-sector collaboration, learning, and networking.

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