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The Theory of the Foundation European Initiative

January 23, 2017

The purpose of the Theory of the Foundation European Initiative was to contribute key insights into European foundations; and to look beyond the direct charitable activities or grant-making of European foundations and instead to explore and understand how foundations operate as organisations in their pursuit of mission and social impact. This we term a "whole foundation approach".Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) established a framework to stimulate discussion around the organisational form of philanthropy called "The Theory of the Foundation."1 Inspired by Peter Drucker's "Theory of the Business,"2 RPA's approach to framing philanthropic practice is detailed in Figure 1 and contains three core domains: Charter, Social Compact, and Operating Capabilities.

Philanthropy, Theory, Philosophy and History

Oranges and Lemons : The State of the Play of Impact Measurement Among UK Social Investment Finance Intermediaires

June 1, 2015

This document reports on how 10 UK leading social investors incorporate social impact in screening and assessing investments as well as how transactions are priced and structured and investment decisions made. It also provides a useful overview of the current state of impact measurement practices in the social finance sector and the practical challenges that investors are facing. There was variance amongst the approaches taken by the 10 investors with some taking a "system-driven" approach and others a less formal one; reliant on discussions, narratives and a deep understanding of the risks in the market.

Administration and Management; Evaluation and Learning; Finance and Investment; Grantmaking and Programme Management

Green Philanthropy: Funding Charitable Solutions to Environment Problems, a Guide for Donors and Funders

October 1, 2007

Green philanthropy is NPC's initial overview of the role of charities across the whole environmental landscape. The report aims to analyse and articulate the challenges, options, barriers and opportunities from the perspective of donors and funders. It is primarily intended for UK and EU-based funders and donors who are interested in supporting environment charities working in the UK, the EU or internationally, even though it includes some assessment and analysis of the international activity of US and other North American charities and funders. Useful references are included.

Environment and Sustainable Development

Replicating Successful Voluntary Sector Projects

January 1, 2003

This report is meant for foundations, funders, policy makers and organisations interested in replicating successful projects. Several steps in sustainable replication are identified and discussed. Finally, recommendations are made to foster learning from, and implementation of, voluntary sector projects that work.

Grantmaking and Programme Management

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