Welcome back, everyone, to a wholly different kind of Effective Communities Project, at a wholly different EffectiveCommunities.com This time around we’re not marketing or selling our services. We’re beyond the billable hour. And we’re really […]
A Statement of Values, Accomplishments, and Intentions of the Twin Cities Neighborhood Movement (pdf) A discussion paper prepared for the Twin Cities’ Center for Neighborhoods as part of its Neighborhood Futures Initiative. Five core values are presented, […]
Results of an Inquiry into Capacity Building Programs for Nonprofit Programs (pdf) This paper summarizes what we have learned about the effectiveness of foundation efforts to build capacity in nonprofits, expressed as lessons learned.
Building Community Capacity with Evaluation Activities That Empower A chapter in the best-selling “Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-assessment and Accountability” (Fetterman, Kaftarian, and Wandersman; Sage, 1996). Available from Sage Publishing (www.sagepub.com).
Supporting Low-Income Neighborhood Organizations: A Guide for Community Foundations This guidebook gives advice on making grants and providing other kinds of support to low-income neighborhood organizations. Available from Rainbow Research, Inc. (www.rainbowresearch.org).
Building Community Capacity: The Potential of Community Foundations (pdf, 1994) Ford/MacArthur Leadership Program for Community Foundations between 1987 and 1993. The initiative, one of the best ever for stimulating useful growth in smaller community foundations, had many […]
Community Philanthropy: Strategies for Impacting Vulnerable Populations (pdf) By Steven E. Mayer. A paper written while Scholar in Residence, Center for Community Philanthropy, Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Dated May 1, 2009.
Saving the Babies: A Clash of Philanthropic Approaches (pdf) By Steven E. Mayer. A parable is used to illustrate a key dilemma in philanthropy: Do we use our charitable resources to save drowning babies one at […]
Op-Ed: Philanthropy Must Address Structural Inequities (pdf) By Steven E. Mayer. Until foundations address the structural inequities that contribute significantly to human suffering, their own effectiveness will be limited. … Philanthropic organizations can and must put […]
Pathways to Progress: Focusing Philanthropy on Racial Equity and Social Justice (pdf) This paper is the culmination of five years work evaluating Ford Foundation’s portfolio of grants, “Community Philanthropy and Racial Equity in the American South.” It […]