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As the nonprofit sector continues to embrace the transformative power of technology, the landscape of funding opportunities is evolving to meet the unique needs and challenges faced by organizations in this digital age. This whitepaper aims to shed light on the emerging practices in funding nonprofit technology, providing valuable insights and guidance to grantmakers, philanthropic organizations, and stakeholders invested in the nonprofit sector.Since 2020, the Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG) has been at the forefront of fostering discussions and facilitating knowledge sharing on the evolving practices in funding nonprofit technology. Through a series of meetings, webinars, and publications, TAG members have identified the pressing need for effective funding strategies in this digital era. These ongoing conversations have created a vibrant forum for industry professionals to exchange ideas, experiences, and innovative approaches. Leveraging the insights gained from these interactions, this whitepaper identifies and explores the leading practices that have emerged as innovative approaches to funding nonprofit technology.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 10.2% (or 13.5 million) of households were food insecure at some point during 2021. These households were uncertain of having or were unable to acquire enough food for all members of the household due to financial hardship or lack of food resources. Families experiencing homelessness often face additional barriers to accessing food due to high mobility or lack of transportation. Homeless liaisons play an important role in ensuring that students have access to free school meals and referrals are made to provide the family access to food resources in the community.
At present, many scholars and programs make large claims about the impacts of religious literacy education, but do not have empirical evidence or clear models to demonstrate those impacts to funders, school administrators, educators, students, or other practitioners in this field. This guidebook is intended to support religious literacy educational initiatives. It is not a complete primer on evaluation and does not dictate a particular methodology or approach to evaluation. Rather, with guiding questions at each step, it provides an introductory evaluation framework to help educators and researchers engaged in religious literacy educational initiatives.The companion report, The Imperative for Religious Literacy Evaluation: Context, Key Insights, and Recommendations, provides more detail and background about the need for evaluation in religious literacy education and a review of current practices and literature.
Strategy is all about getting critical resource decisions right. The strategic planning process is a rare chance for a nonprofit's leaders to step back and look at their organization and its activities as a whole—to understand what success looks like and to allocate time, talent, and dollars to the activities that can help achieve it.When strategic planning is done well, it not only clarifies the path forward for teams and stakeholders, but also informs resourcing decisions and sets in motion key organizational changes. To be sure, it doesn't always go well; we expect some readers may have had negative experiences with strategic planning. The practical advice we offer in this article will help leaders avoid the pitfalls and get real value from the process.
In 2022, ECFG commissioned Degan Ali and her team to lead us through a decolonizing grantmaking journey that included learning webinars, collective learning and reflection, the identification of promising practices, and the development of a framework that funders could use to elevate equitable grantmaking. After developing an understanding of our network's needs and goals, our decolonizing philanthropy working group engaged in deep partnership design with DA Global to create The Decolonizing Child and Youth Philanthropy Framework. This framework recognizes that our members and partners are at different stages of their journey in tackling colonialism within their organizations and grantmaking. While there are universally relevant lessons gained from existing decolonization efforts in the philanthropic and charity sectors, this framework is designed to support the different types, sizes and needs of the funders who belong to this group. This is not a magic solution, but a tool in our decolonizing child and youth philanthropy toolbox. This tool is intentionally focused on supporting those who have embarked on a change process within their organizations, those who want to make additional adjustments, and those who are grappling with how to get started.
Solidarity, dignity, power, and abundance. These are just some of the benefits that can accrue to the people and communities most impacted by philanthropy's decisions when they have a role in the decision making. That's according to Ciciley Moore, senior program officer at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, who represented Fund for Shared Insight in a participatory grantmaking program. Shared Insight ran this one-time program (which focused on involving people affected by climate change in funding decisions around the issue) so we could learn together with other funders committed to listening, participation, and more effective and equitable grantmaking.Based on the experiences of the participants, consultants, and funders involved, we created this toolkit to inform and inspire philanthropy's journey toward more participatory practices.Participatory Philanthropy is a term that can include a wide spectrum of participatory practices within philanthropy, and includes Participatory Grantmaking as one approach. This initiative went beyond sharing decision making about grants and centered participation in the design phase of the work. Participants worked on design and grantmaking teams, defining the program's purpose, parameters, and, through a participatory decision-making approach, where and how $2 million in grant money was disbursed. Participants were also involved with communicating grant decisions, developing knowledge products, and gathering in learning communities to deepen their connections and understand and share the impact of the initiative.
Youth Voice In Community Schools: A Practical Guide to Advance Community School Strategies for Youth Voice, Engagement, and LeadershipMay 16, 2023
Examine the voice, engagement, and leadership of youth in Community Schools! This guide serves to support Community School practitioners to better understand and create opportunities for youth leadership in their schools and communities. Working with participating Community Schools and students, this resource captures youth stories and insight to help illustrate how to build more inclusive decision-making and activate the next generation of leaders in our communities.
Make the Invisible Visible: Method Guide - How to engage with hard-to-reach citizens for policy development?March 30, 2023
Climate change, energy crisis, digital divide, rising inequality, global pandemics – these are only some challenges and transition processes our societies are currently facing. A communality of all these challenges: economically and socially disadvantaged citizens (e.g., unemployed people, low-income workers, migrants, single parents, young people, or elderly citizens, as well as people threatened with the loss of their jobs due to these transitions) are most affected, not only by their impacts but also by policies adopted to meet them. Also, they are often not sufficiently represented or heard in political debates and in policymaking. Their voices are not present in the transition debates: they are "invisible".At the same time, it is increasingly difficult to get in contact with structurally disadvantaged groups yet involve them in policy dialogues. If not part of any representative organization, these hard-to-reach citizens do not have a say in the debates. This increases the representation gap. For this reason, it is important to find new strategies, instruments, and methodologies for reaching out to these specific target groups, to listen to their needs and ideas, and to involve them in decision- and policymaking processes. New ways of recruiting, engaging, and communicating must be discussed to bridge the representation gap and to establish a truly inclusivedeliberation.
A Primer on AI in/from the Majority World is a curated collection of over 160 thematic works that serve as pathways to explore the presence of artificial intelligence and technology in the geographic regions that are home to the majority of the human population. Instead of assuming that knowledge and innovations move out of the so-called centers of Europe and the United States to the rest of the world, thinking from the "majority world" (a term coined by Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam) means tracing emerging forms of knowledge, innovation, and labor in former and still-colonized spaces. "Majority world" defines a community in terms of what it has, rather than what it lacks.
Over the past 10 years, we have continued to hear from our partners about the need for resources and tools that will help them address the most pressing issues that hold far too many young Black men and boys back from living out our vision. From community violence and homicides; police-involved shootings and in-custody deaths; suicides, and child abuse and neglect – all of these forms of violence have a direct and indirect impact on young Black men and boys – lessening their chances to be safe, live healthy lives or see any hope for the future. In response, Cities United has developed a series of strategic resources to equip mayors, city and community leaders, and young leaders – with the tools they need to address these tough challenges, and prevent them from happening in the first place. This is the third strategic resource in the series and it will focus on suicide prevention, providing a roadmap that city leaders can use to address this pressing issue. We are focusing on suicide because it is a growing crisis among Black children and youth, that demands urgent attention from local leaders including mayors, schools, healthcare systems, and community-based organizations. There is a need to spotlight this issue at the local level, deploy effective solutions for identifying young people at risk, and get them the help that they need.In this resource guide, we share a framework for local action – that identifies integral front-line components of a prevention system organized around universal screening and detection, timely referral to evidence-based services, and timely intervention to prevent future suicidal behavior. The framework provides actions steps that key stakeholders can implement to keep young Black men and boys from suicidal behaviors.The recommendations outlined in this resource are based on emerging best practices and effective responses we have identified through research – they are rooted in community transformation and healing.
This guide is for people of all nationalities who have fled the war in Ukraine. If you are a citizen of Ukraine, you can enter countries in the Schengen area, or Romania or Moldova, without a visa. You can stay in these countries for up to 90 days. Information about entering these countries is below. If you are in a country in the European Union, you will be able to apply for temporary protection status, which will allow you to stay longer in that country. More information about this status is below.If you are not a Ukrainian citizen but are fleeing the conflict in Ukraine, you can also enter the below countries that neighbor Ukraine. This admission may be temporary (for example, to allow you to arrange to return to your home country). You may also be able to apply for a longer-term status, like temporary protection or asylum, if you had residency in Ukraine or are unable to return to your home country. This depends on what your legal status was in Ukraine and whether you are able to return to your home country. More information about temporary protection status is below. If you do not want to return to your home country, you may want to seek legal advice from one of the organizations below.
This conversation guide was developed to help people understand and use the most appropriate language to support the movement for sexual and reproductive health and rights.
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