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Learning and the Arts: Crossing Boundaries
June 13, 2001
Grantmakers in the Arts has published Learning and the Arts: Crossing Boundaries (34 pages, PDF), the proceedings of a meeting held in Los Angeles in January 2000. Organized by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Trust, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the meeting brought together researchers, practitioners,...
Overview of the Bush Administration's FY 2002 Budget
June 13, 2001
The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured has released an overview of the Bush administration's FY 2002 budget, with special attention paid to its impact on funding for health programs. Elsewhere on the site, the Commission has gathered dozens of fact sheets relating to every apsect of Medicaid and the health coverage crisis in the...
BenefitsCheckUp
June 11, 2001
The National Council on Aging has launched BenefitsCheckUp, a free online service that enables older Americans to research federal and state benefits assistance programs. Sponsored by America Online, New York Life, Lucent Technologies, the Merck Company Foundation, and the Archstone Foundation, the service asks users to spend 10 to 15 minutes to...
Gill Foundation
June 11, 2001
The Denver-based Gill Foundation has updated its grantmaking guidelines for 2001. According to the foundation's Web site, the most significant changes are the addition of an application form for new applicants, the addition of a new form for past grantees, and a change to what had been a required software policy. The guidelines, which will be...
Building to Last: A Grantmaker's Guide to Strengthening Nonprofit Organizations
June 8, 2001
The Conservation Company, a Philadelphia- and New York-based consulting firm that provides strategic planning, program development, and management consulting services to foundations, nonprofit organizations, corporate community involvement programs, and government agencies, has just published Building to Last: A Grantmaker's Guide to...
Immigrants' Health Coverage and Access
June 4, 2001
New and recent publications from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation exploring the complex problems we face as a country in expanding health coverage to immigrants can now be found in a single convenient location on the foundation's Web site. The package of materials includes an issue paper ("Is Immigration Responsible for the Growth in the...
A Profile of New Health Foundations
June 1, 2001
In March, Grantmakers in Health (GIH) released A Profile of New Health Foundations (21 pages, PDF), the fourth in a series of surveys of new health foundations conducted by the organization. The survey identifies 138 entities that fit GIH's definition of a new health foundation — i.e., "grantmaking entities that are the direct result of a...
Challenging Inequities in Health: From Ethics to Action
June 1, 2001
The New York City-based Rockefeller Foundation has published the results of its Global Health Equity Initiative (GHEI). Using case studies from Bangladesh, Chile, China, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the U.S., and Vietnam, the final report, Challenging Inequities in Health: From Ethics to...
Russia: Facing the Future
May 21, 2001
The Carnegie Corporation of New York has issued Russia: Facing the Future (42 pages), a synthesis of the work of four Corporation-sponsored task forces charged with assessing Russia's economy, military, democratic reforms, societal problems, and possible futures. PDF versions of the report (in English or Russian), as well as the original task...
e-Philanthropy v.2.001: From Enterpreneurial Adventure to Online Community
May 15, 2001
e-Philanthropy v.2.001: From Enterpreneurial Adventure to Online Community, updates last year's report from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on the phenomenon of interactive online services for philanthropy and volunteerism. The purpose of the update, according to its authors, consultant Stephanie J. Clohesy and Kellogg Foundation program director...
May 15, 2001
The authors of Venture Philanthropy 2001: The Changing Landscape, a collaborative effort of the Morino Institute, Venture Philanthropy Partners, Inc., and Community Wealth Ventures, Inc., have also done their homework. The report, now available online, presents a comprehensive overview of the state of venture philanthropy in the U.S. as well as...
Pathways to Social Impact
May 10, 2001
The Center for Social Innovation (CSI) at Stanford University has launched its Pathways to Social Impact research project and invites nonprofit leaders (i.e., executive directors or the person most knowledgeable about your organization's efforts to spread its programs and ideas) to take a short Web survey. To learn more about CSI's research,...
Primer for Endowment Grantmaking
May 9, 2001
The Ford Foundation has posted an online version (47 pages, PDF) of its Primer for Endowment Grantmaking. Based on the work of the foundation's Endowment Working Group and drafted by Wendy Malina, a project specialist in the foundation's New York office, the document includes sections on raising, governing, investing, and using endowment funds....