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Communications Professionals in Philanthropy : Benchmarking Survey

November 1, 2019

In partnership with the Communications Professionals in Philanthropy Network, the European Foundation Centre (EFC) undertook a benchmarking study to better understand how EFC members are communicating strategically and leveraging different tools. This report reflects the results through September 2019.

Communication and Public Relations

More Than Words: How Communicating our Shared Values and Forging Mutual Connections Can Bring Hope for a New Tomorrow

May 1, 2019

This research was commissioned by the Thomas Paine Initiative,with support from a group of UK trusts and foundations (including Barrow Cadbury Trust, the JMG Foundation, the Oak Foundation,the Open Society Foundations, Rosa, the UK Fund for Women and Girls, and Unbound Philanthropy) as a scoping study in advance of a Learning Exchange to take place in May 2019, bringing the strategic communications field together to facilitate cross-sector learning and to explore the appetite and feasibility for collaboration around commonlyheld values. This paper explores how voluntary sector organisations in the UK are developing, embedding and sharing their communications strategies. It provides an overview of where the field currently is, and poses questions and provocations.

Communication and Public Relations

Re-Claiming the Narrative for Social Change : Mapping a Philanthropic Response

March 1, 2019

This report provides the results of a broad stroke mapping of initiatives supported by various European and American philanthropic bodies. These initiatives aim to leverage the power of strategic communications, and in particular, effective narratives, to counter the closing of civic space and to achieve positive social change. It is intended as a real-time snapshot of ideas and approaches to capture what is being done and where, identify gaps, and share learning on new pathways and solutions for narrative change. The mapping includes some initiatives that fall outside the philanthropic community but which have potential for further exploration and/or adoption.

Communication and Public Relations; Gender and Women; Human Rights, Citizenship, Democracy; Minorities, Social Inclusion, Multiculturalism

Les Français et le Mécénat des Entreprises et des Entrepreneurs : Rapport d'Etude

October 1, 2017

A study that provides data regarding the perception of philanthropy, corporate philanthropy more specifically, by the general public in France. It demonstrates that the legitimity of philanthropy in France is quite high. 

Communication and Public Relations; Corporate Philanthropy; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

Panorama des fondations et des fonds de dotation créés par des entreprises mécènes - 2016

January 1, 2016

This 2nd edition of the Panorama pursues the analysis of the dynamics in the work led in 2014 and that of the evolution of the sector regarding evaluation, communication and strategic orientations, by being interested this time more particularly in the theme of the 'general interest'.

Communication and Public Relations; Corporate Philanthropy; Evaluation and Learning; Foundation Sector, History and Analysis

Communicating Global Giving: The Power of Communications in the New Era of Philanthropy

July 6, 2015

How can philanthropists use communications to shape debates, unlock resources, and change behaviours? "We have entered, as Kofi Annan writes in his foreword, "a new age of philanthropy and the sick, the poor and the vulnerable are benefitting". It is an era defined by what Matthew Bishop and Michael Green in 2009 dubbed "philanthrocapitalists" - a new generation of high-net-worth individuals using their wealth for public good. Six years later, in the US alone, the ten largest grant-making foundations have assets valued at over 120 billion dollars. In this publication, we look at philanthropy exclusively through the lens of communications. We look at a range of issues -- from cultural attitudes to philanthropy to the power of big data. We examine how philanthropists are using communications to shape debates, unlock resources and work to change behaviours. And, in a ground-breaking study, we detail how philanthropists are harnessing social media. In our experience, those managing communications for philanthropic ventures often face bigger demands and challenges than many of their counterparts in similar roles in business or government. " - Toby Orr

Communication and Public Relations; Giving and Volunteering; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

Hewlett Foundation Open Licensing Toolkit for Staff

May 1, 2015

This document is a guide for foundation program officers so staff are well-informed on the default policy and can work effectively with grantees on open licensing. It answers common questions, explains the Creative Commons license, and provides best practices for marking different types of works under open licenses. The toolkit also includes sample language for grant proposals and reporting requirements.

Communication and Public Relations; Ethical issues and Good Practices; Grantmaking and Programme Management; Knowledge and Data Management

10 Innovations in Global Philanthropy: Concepts Worth Spreading in the UK

October 8, 2014

Innovative philanthropy is essential if philanthropists, and the charities and social enterprises they fund, are to address the complex social and environmental issues we face today. Improving philanthropy is about channelling more money and better money. We have highlighted ten exciting innovations from around the world which are helping to grow philanthropy -- bringing in more money -- or to ensure resources are used more effectively -- spending money better. We worked with the world's leading philanthropy experts to identify and select these ground-breaking approaches which we believe have the potential to make the biggest difference to how the philanthropy sector works. Among other criteria, we chose innovations which can be replicated in the UK. And we focussed on giving-related innovations rather than social innovations that philanthropists can invest in. We would like to see these innovations replicated or scaled up in the UK. And we would also like to see new innovations emerging. For this to happen, we believe that greater openness, bolder leadership and a more confident approach to trying new approaches is needed.

Collaborative Philanthropy and Partnerships; Communication and Public Relations; Ethical issues and Good Practices; Finance and Investment; International Affairs, Global Challenges; Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History; Technology and Foundations

Philanthropy and the Limits of Accountability: A Relationship of Respect and Clarity

July 28, 2014

A growing emphasis on accountability and transparency has found its way into a broad range of institutions in the nation's public and private life. From the Obama administration's proclamation on "open government" on his first full day in office, to the emerging demands in multiple states for clear labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, to the persistence of high-stakes testing in public education as a means of "grading" schools, the evidence appears everywhere.No sector -- including philanthropy -- has been immune to the increasing pressure for disclosure and reporting. Major national foundations and small community foundations have all been dealing with the demand to demonstrate impact, and many are recalibrating their giving portfolios in order to have a greater demonstrated effect. "Strategic philanthropy," "impact investing," and "collective impact" are all related strategies that reflect this imperative.In response to this trend, the Kettering Foundation partnered with PACE to invite a distinguished group of foundation executives and thought leaders in the philanthropic and social sectors to a series of three roundtable discussions. Twenty-three participants took part in the conversations (two offered individual interviews instead), which took place in Dayton, Ohio, and Washington, DC, in 2012 and 2013. They explored in depth what "accountability" and "transparency" might mean for philanthropy -- and how philanthropy might respond. This report features their insights and questions.

Communication and Public Relations; Ethical issues and Good Practices

Digital Storytelling for Social Impact

May 6, 2014

The Rockefeller Foundation commissioned this study to explore the power of narrative and networked communication to expand the reach and resources of social impact organizations; identify unmet needs in the field; and recommend useful tools, techniques and technologies that can elevate the practice of digital storytelling for social impact.

Communication and Public Relations; Journalism and Media

Opening Up: Demystifying Funder Transparency

February 6, 2014

This toolkit explores how transparency can strengthen credibility, improve grantee relationships, facilitate greater collaboration, increase public trust, reduce duplication of effort, and build communities of shared learning. The content is organized into five topical chapters so that users can focus on exploring one approach to transparency at a time.What's in the Guide?Introduction: What is transparency, and why is it important?Behind Closed Doors: Sharing Grantee Selection Processes and Grantee Data: Opening up about selection processes is an important first step towards transparency.Is the Needle Moving? Sharing Performance Assessments: Learn about how sharing assessments promotes trusts, increases credibility, and helps to improve learning.Improving Relationships: Strengthening Engagement with Grantees and Other Nonprofits: Transparency is a tool to improve relationships, which can strengthen the overall impact of funders' work and the nonprofits they support.Peers Helping Peers: Improving the Practice of Philanthropy: When foundation staff are transparent in sharing their goals, lessons learned, and challenges with colleagues, they increase philanthropy's overall impact.Window of Technology: Communicating Using Every Opportunity: Examples of how various communications outlets and strategies can further a funder's transparency efforts.Conclusion: We tie together themes throughout the guide and give you steps for moving forward.

Communication and Public Relations; Ethical issues and Good Practices; Grantmaking and Programme Management

Advocacy Toolkit: Influencing the post-2015 Development Agenda

January 5, 2014

This document is for civil society and other stakeholder organisations, coalitions and individuals that wish to influence the post-2015 development agenda, including the design of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It aims to equip you with relevant information and tools to enable you to develop and implement an effective post-2015 advocacy strategy. You can either follow its step-by-step approach or simply consult the tips, tools and case studies most relevant to your existing activities. Engaging with the media, is a companion to the toolkit which provides a guide to the strategic use of the media and social media in the context of post-2015 advocacy.

Communication and Public Relations; International Affairs, Global Challenges

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