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Resources for New Givers

Recommended reading:

Five Lessons for New Philanthropists by Kimberly Dasher Tripp & Michael Kleinman (Stanford Social Innovation Review, July 2015)

Act Boldly, Give Wisely: Making your philanthropy more opportunistic by Dominique Maffei (The Philanthropic Initiative, May 2016)

Five Tips for Building Strong Relationships with Grantees by Caroline Altman Smith, Deputy Director of Education, The Kresge Foundation (Center for Effective Philanthropy blog post, June 2017)

Resources from the Foundation Center

Glossary of Grantmaking Terms - This list includes common terms used by grantmakers and grantseekers.

GrantCraft -  GrantCraft combines the practical wisdom of funders worldwide with the expertise of Foundation Center to improve the practice of philanthropy. Since 2001, GrantCraft has delivered the knowledge funders need to be strategic and effective in their work, addressing questions funders face across various strategies and issue areas. 

Issue Lab - First started in 2006 as a searchable, browseable website set up to collect and share the social sector’s knowledge, IssueLab became a service of Foundation Center in 2012. Since then, IssueLab’s mission has grown beyond the “simple” collection and distribution of knowledge products, to include the support of social sector organizations in adopting the practical and necessary steps to openly publishing what they fund and produce.

Glasspockets - Provides the data, resources, examples, and action steps foundations need to understand the value of transparency, be more open in their own communications, and help shed more light on how private organizations are serving the public good.

Philanthropy Blogs

Leading publications and websites on philanthropy & nonprofits