Nonprofits Integrating Community Engagement Guide

December 2015

by Building Movement Project & The Alliance

The Nonprofits Integrating Community Engagement (NICE) Guide offers information, tools, case studies and other resources to help nonprofit groups develop core competencies on constituent and community engagement. The NICE Guide is designed for organizational development experts, management support organizations, and internal and external consultants to facilitate efforts to integrate the voice of community members and constituents into the daily practice of nonprofit organizations. …  

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Trusting What We Don’t Know: Lessons from an Experiment in Art, Environment and Philanthropy in California’s East Bay

June 2015

by Maribel L. Alvarez, Ph.D.

Without the promise of change, grantmaking would be nothing but an instrumental trade-off aimed to keep things in the order they should be (somewhere between unmet needs and surplus value). If this were the case, each actor in the transaction would be confined to the coldness of their predictable roles as giver and taker and nothing beyond that could be imagined. We believe this is not the whole story. …  

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Born to Give: A Human Approach to Catalyzing Philanthropy

July, 2015

by Katie Greenman and Jonah Wittkamper

This new affluenza research together with an industry wide panic about next gen client retention has created a perfect storm to unite the finance industry and the youth philanthropy movement. Can we prevent affluenza through empathy education? Could such education inspire a new culture of giving and change philanthropy as we know it? Through this report we seek to explore these questions and many others. …  

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A Bolder Form of Leadership

July 2015

by Cynthia Chaves and Rebecca Bauen

How do we equip community leaders to address these divisions and power imbalances that disparately impact marginalized communities in America? One potent avenue for change is to train community leaders in the skills needed to navigate and influence complex, deeply rooted power structures and institutions. Effective leadership development programs demonstrate what is possible when nonprofit executives gain the transformative tools they need to tip the balance in favor of greater equity in low-income communities. …  

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21st Century Civic Infrastructure: Under Construction

April 2015

by Jill Blair and Malka Kopell

This paper proposes a set of keystones to underlie an intentional effort to build a civic infrastructure – an infrastructure strong enough to meet 21st century challenges and designed to serve all members of our 21st century society, especially those on the margins. …  

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Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership: A (missed) Philanthropic Opportunity

March, 2015

by Niki Jagpal and Ryan Schlegel

What kind of leadership development do social change-makers need to be successful? How can foundations measure the impact of leadership development? The NCRP “Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership” Report answers these questions and offers recommendations to foundations that wish to invest in the current and future leaders of social justice movements. …  

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