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The Road to Achieving Equity 12 Findings from a Field Scan of Foundations That Are Embracing Equity

August 31, 2016

Over the past few years, equity has emerged as a key issue in American society, described as the "defining issue of our time" by authors and speakers in various fields. In the first half of 2016, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked Putnam Consulting Group to conduct a field scan to learn how other foundations are working to incorporate equity -- both in their internal operations and in their grantmaking. They conducted 30 conversations with staff leaders at 15 foundations considered by their peers to be on the forefront in embracing equity.

Many Voices, One Goal: How an informal foundation collaborative helping make California history

December 10, 2014

In 2013, the state of California passed sweeping changes in the way it funds public schools. New legislation shifted $50 billion from a convoluted, very ineffective and inequitable system to a new system, called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), by which funds flow more equitably to school districts.This unprecedented change in education finance didn't happen overnight. It came only after copious research from leading academic institutions, mobilization by dozens of advocacy organizations, leadership from key elected officials, and the support of private philanthropy. This is a case study of the role of philanthropy in providing resources and support for the development of statewide policy for the benefit of students.

Capacity for All

November 1, 2014

Although BSCF has not completed a full-scale evaluation of all of its capacity-building work, it does have preliminary data based on early efforts and grantee interviews. This feedback alone provides the Foundation with clear evidence and options for other funders to take on capacity building using similar tactics at the field level. Key takeaways include: organizational networks are forming Perhaps the greatest benefit to field-level capacity building is the networking that reinforces the connections created. Instead of competing for limited resources, grantees are now brought together by the same funder, and under the same roof, to share their experiences around a common cause. Key to creating this type of field-level impact is first creating the space for these foundational relationships to take place. leaders are stepping up Evaluation data from BSCF's leadership development programs show that participants feel better prepared to assume high-level roles after their training, and existing senior leaders recognize a growing cadre of qualified up-and-comers with the confidence and ability to enter field-level leadership roles, even at regional and statewide levels. operational savvy is growing Technical assistance outcomes, while perhaps relatively easy to measure at the organizational level, are harder to quantify at the field level. However, conversations within both fields have shifted to reflect greater capacity and understanding in finance, management, data, technology and collaboration. For example, mergers were once thought of only as negative last-ditch options for safety net providers and domestic violence organizations. Thanks to BSCF-funded technical assistance, this opinion has changed and we continue to see more and more successful mergers among BSCF grantees and across the entire field. field leaders are more connected Leaders throughout the domestic violence field (and to some extent the community health center field as well) say that they feel more connected to their peers and have more opportunities to discuss ideas and work in collaboration. In particular, participants in the Strong Field Project report more knowledge sharing and more common language and frameworks used when discussing issues important to the field and its future.

Creating New Leaders of Color for the Social Sector

July 15, 2013

This case study profiles the Annie E. Casey Foundation's support of efforts to create a broader pipeline of up-and-coming leaders of color for the social sector, in cooperation with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) and New York University's Wagner School of Public Service and Stern School of Business. The document explores how MLT expanded its successful corporate leadership development model and combined it with the graduate schools' joint MBA/MPA dual-degree program to create new opportunities for leaders of color.

Generating Change: Crisis Averted: Supporting Leadership Transitions

April 26, 2012

A look at how the Annie E. Casey Foundation helped a grantee on the verge of collapse manage a successful executive transtion and create a successful turnaround.

Generating Change: Developing Leaders for a National Movement

April 26, 2012

Describes how the Pipeline Project, with support from the Gill Foundation, created a customized, yearlong professional development experience to help increase the number of leaders of color in the LGBT movement.

Generating Change: Helping Leaders Reinvent and Restructure

April 26, 2012

Documents how the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund supported the new exectutive director at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services with executive coaching services as she completely transformed the organization after suceeding a well-respected, long-term predecessor.

Generating Change: Internships that Strengthen the Sector

April 26, 2012

A case study describing the Cleveland Foundation's dynamic, high-quality internship program for local college students, designed to combat "brain drain" and attract new talent to Cleveland's nonprofit sector.

Generating Change: Keeping Top Talent on Track

April 26, 2012

An examination of the National Urban League's Emerging Leaders Program, created in partnership with American Express, to provide promising leaders with a clear path to and customized training for high-level positions.

Generating Change: Reengaging Proven Leaders as Interim Directors

April 26, 2012

An examination of the Executive Service Corps of Chicago's Interim Executive Director Program as a way for leaders who've retired or left the nonprofit field to continue to share their expertise.

Generating Change: Renewing Leaders for Long-Term Service

April 26, 2012

An examination of the Durfee Foundation's paid, three-month sabbatical program that focuses exclusively on renewal time, thereby helping keep highly effective nonprofit leaders from burning out and leaving the field.