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Returning Results: Planning and Evaluation at the Pew Charitable Trusts
August 3, 2001
Unlike their for-profit counterparts, foundations rarely operate in a marketplace that tells them how well they are doing. As a result, a growing number of foundations are using evaluation as a tool to strengthen understanding of their grantees' work. With an eye to sharing ideas about the crucial work of determining and evaluating philanthropic...
Where We Go From Here: State Legislative Views on Higher Education in the New Millenium
July 30, 2001
After three consecutive years in which state policy makers were able to increase funds for higher education, legislators suddenly are faced with an economic slowdown and revenue shortfalls that could force them to cut budgets for the first time in nearly a decade. What this might mean for higher education at the state level is the subject of...
The Performing Arts in a New Era
July 26, 2001
As part of a five-year, multi-million-dollar initiative designed to strengthen financial and policy support for American arts and culture, the Pew Charitable Trusts commissioned RAND, the Santa Monica-based think tank, to examine the state of the performing arts in the United States. The result, The Performing Arts in a New Era (156 pages, PDF),...
National Rural Funders Collaborative Request for Qualifications
July 23, 2001
The National Rural Funders Collaborative, a newly launched collective of seven U.S. foundations that works to build partnerships with public and private funders to reinvest in and revitalize rural American communities, has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for its inaugural round of funding. NRFC is interested in joining with existing...
Creating a Development Dynamic
July 20, 2001
The New York City-based Markle Foundation, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and Accenture, the world's leading provider of management and technology consulting services, has released Creating a Development Dynamic (86 pages, PDF), a blueprint for developed and developing nations to achieve a range of social goals...
Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination (FIELD)
July 17, 2001
The Aspen Institute's Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination (FIELD) has been named the winner of this year's Clarion Award in the Online Media/Nonprofit category by the Association for Women in Communications. The FIELD Web site, which also received an "Award of Distinction" from the Communicator Awards in...
Irvine Quarterly
July 11, 2001
The California-based James Irvine Foundation has launched the Irvine Quarterly, an online publication designed "to provide useful information on important issues, lessons, and research emerging from the work of Irvine grantees and other California nonprofits." The current issue includes a scan and discussion of the state's future called "Which...
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - HIV/AIDS issue page
July 11, 2001
The Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has put together a useful HIV/AIDS issue page that includes recent news items, links to online resources, and a short but terribly affecting Web-based slideshow titled "AIDS: A Preventable Tragedy." While you're at the site, be sure to browse the two other slideshows there: "TB: Breaking the...
Mission & Market: The Resource Center for Effective Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships
July 10, 2001
Partnerships between nonprofit organizations and corporations have become a regular feature of the economic landscape. To ensure that these partnerships are effective and mission-driven, and to expand the resources available to causes in a way that increases corporate community involvement and public trust in the nonprofit sector as a whole,...
Technical Assistance Clearinghouse
July 9, 2001
The Infrastructure Work Group of the New York Health and Human Services HIV Planning Council and Bailey House, the second-oldest AIDS organization in New York City, have launched a Technical Assistance Clearinghouse for New York City- and other community-based HIV/AIDS organizations. The purpose of the site is to help CBOs learn more about the...
Building Capacity in Nonprofit Organizations
June 25, 2001
In today's rapidly changing world, there's considerable concern that community-based nonprofit entities lack the capacity and technical expertise to keep up with change and thereby contribute to an enriched and healthy quality of life. So write Carol J. De Vita, Cory Fleming, and Eric C. Twombly in "Building Nonprofit Capacity: A Framework for...