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Catalyzing Networks for Social Change: A Funder's Guide

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01/01/2010

While grantmakers experiment with activating and participating in networks, there’s no well-worn map or easy measures to assess “network effectiveness.” Best practices for catalyzing social change networks are still being invented. For that reason, GEO partnered with Monitor Institute to spark conversation through this funder’s guide.

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Diversity Metrics Forum: Developing Standards for the Collection of Data on Diversity in Philanthropy

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09/01/2009

This report summarizes the discussions that took place at the Diversity Metrics Forum, which brought together 47 foundation leaders, researchers and representatives of philanthropic infrastructure organizations to discuss strategies for systematically collecting data on diversity in philanthropy.

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The Nonprofit Quarterly's Study on (U.S.) Nonprofit and Philanthropic Infrastructure

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01/01/2009

The study maps and examines the strengths and weaknesses of the network that supports nonprofits and philanthropy in the U.S. Major findings address who is getting best served among nonprofits and why. The study also includes a provocative sub-study of the financial models of infrastructure organizations.

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Communicating for Impact: Strategies for Grantmakers

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01/01/2009

Grantmakers can use a "communications lens" to develop strategy, evaluate impact, take advantage of new media technologies, and more. Foundation communications goes far beyond an annual report or the occasional press release about grantees and integrating communications is critical to advancing programmatic goals.

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Measuring and/or Estimating Social Value Creation

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12/01/2008

The report describes and analyzes eight approaches to integrating cost in measuring and/or estimating social value creation. These include two classical methodologies (cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-benefit analysis) and six promising approaches that have been developed by philanthropic and nonprofit organizations in the last decade.

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Funder-Intermediary Relationships: Survey Report

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03/01/2008

A set of critical success factors can lead to positive, mutually beneficial relationships between funders and intermediaries. These factors can be used by both funders and intermediaries as a guide when developing contracts or grants, and as a tool to manage the ongoing work of the partnership.

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