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Primer for Endowment Grantmaking
May 9, 2001
The Ford Foundation has posted an online version (47 pages, PDF) of its Primer for Endowment Grantmaking. Based on the work of the foundation's Endowment Working Group and drafted by Wendy Malina, a project specialist in the foundation's New York office, the document includes sections on raising, governing, investing, and using endowment funds....
Key Facts: Women and HIV/AIDS
May 9, 2001
As the AIDS epidemic enters its third decade, the face of the crisis has changed. Today, women represent an estimated 30 percent of new HIV infections in the U.S., with women of color particularly hard hit. Following a Capitol Hill briefing on the subject, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, in partnership with Women's Policy, Inc., has...
Community Organizing Toolbox: A Funder's Guide to Community Organizing
May 1, 2001
The Neighborhood Funders Group, a D.C.-based network of grantmakers working to expand support for organizations that help low-income people improve their communities, has published an online version of its Community Organizing Toolbox: A Funder's Guide to Community Organizing. The Toolbox includes a history of the community organizing movement...
InnoNet
May 1, 2001
InnoNet, the D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to helping other nonprofits enhance their capacity and effectiveness through participatory evaluation, has unveiled its redesigned Web site. The site features a new community area ("InnoNetworking"); an improved planning area ("My Workstation") with modules for program, evaluation, budget, and grant...
April 23, 2001
The Century Foundation, in partnership with its Equal Education project, has released a side-by-side comparison of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization proposals floated by President Bush ("Leave No Child Behind"), Sen. Joseph Lieberman ("The Public Education Reinvestment, Reinvention and Responsibility Act"), and...
Goldman Environmental Prizes
April 23, 2001
The San Francisco-based Goldman Environmental Foundation has announced the winners of this year's Goldman Environmental Prizes, the world's largest prize program honoring grassroots environmentalists. Goldman Prizes, which come with a stipend of $125,000, are awarded annually to activists from six continental regions. This year's winners are...
blue globe
April 23, 2001
It's been up a year, but we've only recently become aware of the United States International Grantmakers web site. The site, a collaboration between the Council on Foundations and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), is designed to facilitate international grantmaking by providing access to certain forms, country reports and...
KIDS COUNT logo
April 16, 2001
The Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation has updated the look and improved the navigation of the KIDS COUNT section of its Web site. (KIDS COUNT is a national and state-by-state effort to benchmark and track the well-being of children in the U.S.) The redesigned site features an interactive database with relevant data from the 2000 U.S....
Council on Foundations's SimulConference 2001
April 16, 2001
The Council on Foundations has launched its SimulConference 2001 site. From April 30 to May 2, the site will provide day-by-day highlights from the Council's annual conference in Philadelphia (the theme of which is "Preserving the Public Trust — Responsible Use of Private Wealth for Public Good") In advance of the actual conference, the...
Idealist
April 16, 2001
Idealist, a collection of nonprofit and volunteering resources on the Web, is relaunching its highly regarded site. Changes at the site, which offers information from 20,000 organizations in some 140 countries, include a new look, better search and entry forms, and a new e-mail update system that allows visitors to personalize information to...
MIT
April 9, 2001
In a move sure to get the attention of many, Massachusetts Institute of Technology president Charles M. Vest has announced that the prestigious school will make the materials used in the teaching of almost all its undergraduate and graduate courses freely available on the Internet over the next ten years. OpenCourseWare, as the initiative is...
Ericsson Internet Community Action (ERICA)
April 9, 2001
A week after announcing a new round of competition, wireless communications giant Ericsson has put its Ericsson Internet Community Action (ERICA) awards program on hold "due to changing economics." The company regrets any inconvenience this may cause.
Transatlantic Community Foundation Network (TCFN)
April 2, 2001
In response to the growing interest in the community foundation concept, the Bertelsmann Foundation, with support and advice from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, has created the Transatlantic Community Foundation Network (TCFN) to serve as a platform for the exchange of knowledge between North American and European community foundations....
Survey of AIDS Drug Assistance Programs
March 26, 2001
A new survey of AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) shows that these federally funded, state-administered programs continue to expand their role in providing HIV-related drugs to underinsured and uninsured people living with HIV/AIDS. The survey, the fifth in a series conducted for the Kaiser Family Foundation by the National Alliance of State...