Best Practice

Insight, Impact, and Equity – Collecting Demographic Data

For philanthropy to advance equity in all communities, especially low-income communities and communities of color, it needs to be able to understand the demographics of the organizations being funded (and declined), the people being served and the communities impacted. That data should be used to assess practices and drive decision making. 

Funder Collaborations — Flourish or Flounder?

From The Foundation Review's December 2017 article examines funder collaboration illustrated by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Education First's funding efforts to support the Common Core State Standards in the nation's K-12 public education system.

Improving the Odds: Seven Principles for Investing in Early Care and Education
This FSG guide is written for funders (including private, community, and corporate foundations as well as individual philanthropists) who are new to investing in ECE, who seek to understand how their investments fit into the larger picture, or who want to complement programmatic grantmaking with investments that build a stronger system.
Funder Collaboratives: Why and How Funders Work Together
In this guide, contributors share strategies for structuring a collaborative to fit its purpose, building strong relationships and resolving conflicts, and figuring out if the collaborative you're in is working. Contributors also offer ample proof that collaboratives are leading the field in bringing the voices of nonfunders - grantees, intended beneficiaries, experts, and others - into the process of making grants.