Research

The Social and Economic Value of Private and Community Foundations

According The Philanthropic Collaborative's 2008 report every dollar that private and community foundations provided in grants and support in 2007 produced an estimated average return of $8.58 in direct economic benefits. The report found that the program areas generating the biggest returns include arts and culture, for which $5.2 billion in foundation support helped produce an estimated $51 billion in direct benefits, and education, for which $9.7 billion in foundation support helped produce an estimated $49 billion in benefits. Foundations also were responsible for some 9.2 million jobs, $511.9 billion in household income, and $145.4 billion in local, state, and federal revenue.

Beyond the Cause: The Art and Science of Advocacy

Independent Sector's publication is a study that identifies five essential approaches to successful advocacy and analyzes the effectiveness of advocacy on issues facing the entire nonprofit and philanthropic sector.

Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?

An infographic highlighting a 2014 national field survey conducted by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) about how grantmakers are supporting nonprofit resilience and where there's still room for improvement.

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