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Climate philanthropy networks : Shaping and supporting the philanthropy ecosystem in the field of climate

May 2, 2022

This mapping shows the growing diversity and number of networks that have embraced the mission to support and grow the development of the philanthropy ecosystem in the field of climate. The twenty-one organisations presented range from those that are solely dedicated to climate issues to more general networks that work in a range of areas. Each profile gives a flavor of the organisation or platform's activities and goals. This mapping exercise is part of the activities of the Philanthropy Coalition for Climate (https://philea.eu/how-we-can-help/initiatives/philanthropy-coalition-for-climate/), a group of foundations, philanthropy infrastructure organisations and other partners gathered around the aim to empower philanthropy to drive bold climate action and transformational change in Europe and beyond.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Environment and Sustainable Development; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

Our Journey in Philanthropy: Lessons from three decades of funding at MAVA

November 30, 2022

After 28 years as a grant-making foundation, and as we enter our final weeks, we wanted to share our day-to-day experience at MAVA. We started doing this just over a year ago through our various learning products. But beyond the technical and partnership aspects, what are the main lessons we have learnt from our work as a donor?The 23-page publication 'Our Journey in Philanthropy: Lessons from three decades of funding at MAVA' illustrates – in the form of infographics – a summary of the history of the MAVA Foundation and the three successive phases of its structuring. It then presents the eight main lessons that we have learnt from our work as a donor and that we wish to share with the philanthropy sector. These lessons address the topics of collaboration, partners' expertise, donors' levers for action, and the role of foundations in the global system. In addition to describing each of these lessons, we provide elements of practice and an overall recommendation.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Evaluation and Learning

EFC Research Forum Conference Report : Thinking Beyond National Borders - Research and Funding Across Boundaries

March 1, 2019

"Thinking beyond national borders – Research and funding across boundaries" highlights some of the key takeaways from the 2018 EFC Research Forum conference, hosted by the VolkswagenStiftung in Hanover, Germany. The event looked at how philanthropic organisations can overcome such boundaries and what they have to gain in doing so. The conference explored the following questions through workshops, panel discussions and keynote addresses: In what ways is international collaboration in research important? What can we learn from philanthropic organisations that have long experience of international grantmaking? What is the future of science policy in Europe, what institutional tools are needed, and how can science diplomacy help us? This report covers the main themes arising from the conference from the perspectives of researchers, funders and institutions.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Science and Technology

Collaborative Evaluation Approaches: A How-To Guide For Grantmakers

January 1, 2018

The purpose of this guide is to provide grantmakers who support the nonprofit sector with practical guidance about how to take a more collaborative approach to evaluation. When we use the term grantmaker, we are referring to non-governmental funders that provide financial support to nonprofit groups including United Ways, corporate, public, and private foundations.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Evaluation and Learning

The Role of Networks in Advancing Personalized Learning

January 1, 2018

From building national movements to developing practical tools, networks of organizations are already playing essential roles in seeding and scaling personalized learning across the United States. Networks provide the support and knowledge of a collective whole while allowing for context in a way that complements and amplifies the work of individual organizations and schools. A more intentional focus on networks can accelerate the personalized learning field as a whole.The Role of Networks in Advancing Personalized Learning demonstrates why networks matter for the personalized learning sector and explores the roles that networks already play today. The brief then poses strategic questions for network leaders, funders, and policy makers on how to strengthen networks going forward.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Education

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.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships

Charities Taking Charge: Transforming To Face A Changing world

May 24, 2017

NPC's research on the State of the Sector involving 400 charity leaders. The findings hold up a mirror to the sector and highlight examples of those charities leading the way. Many charities are getting bogged down by issues mostly out of their hands. It's true that the sector faces many challenges. But they found some examples of sector leaders taking ownership and using what's in their power to move forward. They think many other organisations can learn from this. By working collaboratively, thinking creatively, and looking afresh at their relationships and resources, there's an opportunity to flip the narrative.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Civil Society

Guidelines for Effective Philanthropic Engagement

May 1, 2017

These voluntary and non-binding Guidelines for Effective Philanthropic Engagement have been developed to help foundations improve development outcomes through collaboration with governments and other stakeholders. The Guidelines suggest the key pointers to optimise the impact of philanthropic contribution to development efforts, as well as the contours of how best to work together at the global, regional and national levels.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships

Summary Foundation Report

April 1, 2017

Summary report on German Foundations and Development cooperation: How 80 German foundations work on a global level.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

How to Lead Collective Impact Working Groups: A Comprehensive Toolkit

March 7, 2017

Working Group Co-chairs are not simply symbolic leaders; the success of a collective impact initiative hinges on Co-chairs bringing their commitment and leadership to a range of tasks.Built on our experience with numerous Working Groups, this kit provides detailed tools, templates, and tips. From increasing membership and community engagement to planning and running effective meetings, Co-chairs will find strategic and tactical resources to help them contribute to a successful initiative.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships

Better together? A Study on Philanthropy and Official Development Assistance

February 1, 2017

Based on a survey among philanthropic foundations (N=55) from all continents, this study sheds light on the relationship between foundations and official development assistance (ODA), on strategies, size and intervention principles used by these foundations and identifies barriers and common ground for building mutually empowering relationships.Results show that foundations tend to focus on vulnerable groups (women, youngsters) in the poorest regions of the world. Most support takes the form of pro-actively searching for local partners in the global South to make grants aimed towards education, health, economic and community development. However, it should be noted that a significant percentage of the budget for charitable support is spent in the country that is home to the foundations.Experience in collaborating is mostly positive, perceived benefits outweigh the downsides and this perception becomes stronger as collaboration increases. Improved scalability is the most important benefit, increased bureaucracy and loss of flexibility most cited as perceived downside. Perceived gaps in collaborations are mutual agreement on expectations and accountability, degree of commitment to the partnership, communication, and the alignment of strategy, mission, and values. Ways to improve collaboration could be to match tasks with structures, and to focus on alignment of culture and values.A suggested typology, in which foundations were classified by their founders, motives and historical background, can be used for developing relationships with foundations.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Humanitarian and Disaster Relief; Socio-economic Development, Poverty

Change, Not Charity: The Story of the Funding Exchange - A Pioneer in Social Justice Philanthropy

January 25, 2017

This publication tells the story of the Funding Exchange, a pioneering national network of social justice foundations that was created in 1979 and operated for nearly 35 years before deciding to disband. Its purpose is to provide an honest exploration of the Funding Exchange's experience – the network's significant influence as well as the problems and internal strains that led to its eventual dissolution.The story offers lessons that have practical relevance for today's social justice activists and funders, philanthropy scholars, and foundation professionals.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy

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