Philanthropist Resource Guide (PRG)

An inventory of approximately 200 organizations across the United States that work to support the philanthropic activities of high net worth (HNW) donors by Stanford PACS.

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Strengthening Grantees: Foundation and Nonprofit Perspectives

Based on survey responses from 170 nonprofit CEOs and 187 foundation leaders who primarily oversee programmatic work at their organizations, Strengthening Grantees: Foundation and Nonprofit Perspectives provides a comprehensive examination of foundations’ efforts to strengthen grantee organizations and leaders. The data reveals that foundations are not as in touch with nonprofits’ needs as they think they are, and that both foundations and nonprofits alike have a role to play in closing the gap between the support nonprofits need and the support foundations provide.

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Tikkun Olam: A Defense and a Critique

Lately there seems to be a concerted attack on the idea of Tikkun Olam. Critics say Tikkun Olam is not a Jewish idea, but merely liberal politics masquerading as Jewish values.

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Hurricane Michael Relief: Funder Info

Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 storm, has devastated the southeastern U.S., a region still coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Below, a non-exhaustive list of resources for funders to find the latest information and ways to help.

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What I Saw with #JewsAtTheBorder: Witnessing the Crisis

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“Together, Tribes of Israel?" Zionism and Jewish Peoplehood

A two-part essay for The Peoplehood Papers, volume 22 – “Israel@70: A Peoplehood Perspective” 

Part 1How Zionism challenges the Jewish peoplehood that created it

Part 2Building a new relationship for Zionism and Jewish peoplehood

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Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking

Funders are increasingly looking to engage the communities they serve in the grantmaking process, but there are few resources about how to do so. In this guide, GrantCraft explores how funders can engage in participatory grantmaking and cede decision-making power about funding decisions to the very communities they aim to serve. Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking illustrates why and how funders around the world are engaging in this practice that is shifting traditional power dynamics in philanthropy. Created with input from a number of participatory grantmakers, the guide shares challenges, lessons learned, and best practices for engaging in inclusive grantmaking. 

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Why Proven Solutions Struggle to Scale Up

Our world faces many big challenges, from disastrous weather patterns, to refugees without homes, to increasing inequality. To tackle these problems, we need to scale big ideas and unleash the power of social innovation. Fortunately, the opportunity for impact mirrors the immensity of the need. There are countless solutions and social innovators mobilizing to solve some of society’s most pressing problems. Unfortunately, many social innovations fail because they are unable to bridge the “stagnation chasm” — where proven ideas get stuck before they are able to maximize their impact.

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Scaling Solutions toward Shifting Systems

Realizing that the world’s pressing challenges are becoming more complex, many philanthropic funders are reflecting on how to create more transformational impact.

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Beatrice “Buddy” Cummings Mayer z"l

The JFN community mourns the passing of member Beatrice "Buddy" Cummings Mayer, who died last Saturday at the age of 97.

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