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Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter? A National Study of Philanthropic Practice, 2014

November 20, 2014

Grantmakers recognize the value of supporting effective, well-led organizations -- strong organizations create meaningful changes in the world. To help us understand whether we are making progress in supporting nonprofits in ways that allow them to be successful, GEO conducts field research to track trends in grantmaker practice. In short, we want to know: is grantmaking getting smarter? GEO's 2014 study highlights some important shifts in how grantmakers support nonprofit results, but also reveals where we're falling short. To help inform this study, we convened a nonprofit task force and feature the perspective of nonprofit leaders throughout the report to talk about the impact that smarter grantmaking practices have on their work.

Next Gen Donors: Respecting Legacy, Revolutionizing Philanthropy

July 19, 2013

The next generations of major philanthropists come from "Gen X" (born 1964-1989) or "Gen Y/Millenial" (born 1981-2000). Although they are a relatively small group, they will inherit over $40 trillion; donate much of it; and shape the future of philanthropy. Results were drawn from a national online survey (310 total responses) and 30 in-depth interviews, to find out how next gen donors express themselves and their philanthropic strategies (as opposed to summarizing what others have said about this influential group). Study participants ranged in age from 21 to 40 when the study was conducted in 2012. KEY FINDINGS:1. Driven by Values, Not Valuables. They are mindful of their inherited privileges and respectful of their family's legacy. This group of donors uses new philanthropic and investing tools. 2. Impact First: They want impact they can see, and they want to know that their own involvement has contributed to that impact. They want to use any necessary strategies, assets, and tools -- new or old -- for greater impact.3. Time, Talent, Treasure, and Ties: They want to meaningfully participate by sharing their personal and professional talents, and through collaboration with peers, with whom they are highly networked. 4. Crafting Their Philanthropic Identities: Many are in their twenties and developing a sense of themselves in tandem with who they are as donors. They learn and grow by seeing and doing. Their philanthropic identity formation matters societally to all who are affected by major philanthropy.

Changes in Prince George's County: 2000 Through 2010

December 1, 2011

Highlights trends in the population, residents' race/ethnicity, real income, and educational attainment in Prince George's County, Maryland, for the county overall and by district.

Daring to Lead 2011: A National Study of Nonprofit Executive Leadership

July 8, 2011

Offers survey findings about trends and factors in nonprofit executives' plans to leave, including effects of the recession. Calls for advance planning, better grasp of financial sustainability, more professional development options, and stronger boards.

State Trends: Legislative Victories From 2005 to 2010 Removing Youth From the Adult Criminal Justice System

March 24, 2011

Explains the costs to youth, public safety, community prosperity, and states of prosecuting children as adults. Outlines trends in state laws aimed at removing youth from the adult criminal justice system and restructuring the juvenile justice system.

Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation - 2009 Annual Report

June 3, 2010

Contains profiles of three nonprofits benefiting from Meyer's Management Assistance Program, information on activities beyond grantmaking, financial statements, and lists of board members, officers, and staff. Grants list at separate link.

Outsourcing Back Office Services in Small Nonprofits: Pitfalls and Possibilities

August 20, 2009

Presents findings on small nonprofits' administrative, finance, and other office support needs; reasons and conditions for outsourcing as well as barriers; methods for evaluating options; and guiding principles. Examines three business models.

Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation - 2008 Annual Report

June 30, 2009

Contains profiles of three nonprofits, statement on Meyer's response to the effects of the economic downturn, grants list, financial statements, and lists of board members, officers, and staff.

Washington-Area Nonprofit Operating Reserves

June 24, 2009

Compares the operating reserves ratios of the Washington, D.C. area's locally focused charities in 2006 by the organizations' expenses, primary revenue source, and mission. Analyzes 2000-06 data to explore the effects of the post-9/11 economic downturn.

Giving by Foundations in the National Capital Region

February 17, 2009

Examines the proportion of grantmaking by foundations in Washington, D.C., suburban Maryland, and northern Virginia targeted to area organizations with a local focus. Presents data by funder size and recipient location, regional focus, and issue area.

Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation - 2007 Annual Report: Trailblazing

July 1, 2008

Contains mission statement, president and board chair's message, profiles of three nonprofits, information on Exponent Award recipients, grants list, financial information, and lists of board members, officers, and staff.

Hometown Prosperity: Increasing Opportunity for DC's Low-Income Working Families

January 15, 2008

Describes how Washington, D.C.'s poor working families have not benefited from the district's economic growth; identifies the key reasons; and recommends investing more in education and training, local workforce development, and income and work supports.