Effective Communities Project
Practical help for grantmakers, community organizations, nonprofits, evaluators, donors, activists, and advocates for stronger and more just community development.  Timeless lessons of nonprofit and philanthropic effectiveness.  

EFFECTIVE PHILANTHROPY

  • Use your assets to support your causes, move them along, make them stronger, move the needle, and achieve the results they want to make. Some useful titles:  Building Community Capacity: The Potential of Community Foundations [...]

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

  • Support communities and their people to develop their potential, overcome barriers, leverage their assets, and create a more just and equitable world.   Some useful titles: The Assets Model of Community Development Neighborhood Self-Help: Some Lessons [...]

PROGRAM EVALUATION

  • Create interesting and usable evaluation designs that produce interesting and usable answers that can strengthen the organization, advance its mission, and gain support. Useful titles include: Wanted: Better Evaluation Practices for a Better Philanthropy How [...]

NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT

  • Design your nonprofit programs to achieve their intended effects, and to make the kind of progress suggested in your organization’s mission statement.  Some useful titles: Building Organizational Capacity: A Simple Useful Framework Results of an [...]

STEVE’S BOOK

JUST PHILANTHROPY BLOG

  • Highway markers, we’ve discovered, make great reading. Posted by state and regional historical societies all along State, US, and Federal highways, they provide lessons and insight into what happened right there, where you’re standing, in [...]