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Walking the Talk: Youth Engagement and Grantmaking in the National Capital Region (2001-2005)

March 1, 2006

This evaluation research report tells the story of what youth and adults from the Greater  Washington Youth Philanthropy Initiative (GWYPI) of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region (CFNCR) have learned over the past four years about engaging youth as grantmakers and community leaders. It tells stories like that of the relationship between a group of youth grantmakers, the DC Youth Advisory Council and youth from Facilitating Leadership in Youth (FLY), a nonprofit working East of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC, one of the neighborhoods most affected by poverty and violence in the greater Washington region. Over the past 4 years, youth from FLY have received three grants from the DC Youth Advisory Council for: development of their own youth council; career training; leadership training on how to effectively engage youth in school system reform; and for a youth-led publication on violence and police brutality. Youth grantees from FLY investigated the issue of violence in their neighborhood by interviewing community leaders, police, and gun store owners, among others. Young people ages 12 to 16 wrote about their own experiences and the results of their investigation in a publication titled "Guns Killin Youngins" that was featured in The Washington Post. See Full Article on p.18. Stories like this one show the power of young people to identify critical issues, mobilize resources and affect change. They offer hope and propel us to take action. Young people from all over the greater Washington region are working to improve conditions for their peers and increase the numbers of young people actively engaged in civic and community life through youth-to-youthgrantmaking. They are serving as stewards of grant dollars and as community leaders. Benefits from investments in these young people, and their commitment to serving as leaders in our Nation's Capital have the potential to shape their futures as well as ours.

Assisting Community Foundations with Branding, Standards, and Marketing: Lessons Learned

December 1, 2005

Michigan has been intentional about growing community foundations since the late 1980s. Local efforts have been supported by the Council of Michigan Foundations with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. FERA (Formative Evaluation Research Associates), an independent evaluation group, and Williams Group, a strategic communications firm, have documented growth, identified supports and obstacles, and developed lessons learned. This document is part of a larger set of lessons learned across multiple state-wide initiatives about community foundation growth.

Community Foundations: A Case for Regional Marketing

December 1, 2003

This article shares the benefits, challenges and lessons that emerged from community foundation efforts to market regionally in Michigan both on a state level and within eight smaller regions. Drawing on six years of evaluation, research methods include: 1) individual interviews with 20 CEOs (conducted in 2000 and again in 2002) and five board members (conducted in 2002), 2) instrumented group interviews with two regional collaborations, 3) an in-depth ethnographic case study of one group over six years, and 4) review of documents developed by the regions.

Standards for Community Foundations: Challenges and Lessons Learned

January 1, 2002

The purpose of this document is to share challenges and lessons learned related to developing and implementing a set of minimum operating standards for Michigan community foundations and their affiliates. Information presented in this article is based on two years of evaluation research conducted by Formative Evaluation Research Associates (FERA) an independent evaluation firm that consults for the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) in Michigan.

Community Foundations Serving Rural Areas

December 1, 1998

An eight-page booklet authored by Karen Tice of Formative Evaluation Research (FERA) that provides insight into the formation of community foundations in rural areas.