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Stories

Education, STEM

The Promise of Quality Science Education for All

The Promise of Quality Science Education for All

California leaders are working to bring the power of high-quality science instruction to every young person in the state. This focus is especially important as society seeks to eliminate systemic racism, a pandemic underscores the importance of scientific literacy, and distance learning becomes the norm in the new school year.

Effectiveness

Special Grantmaking: A Purposeful, Flexible Resource for Foundations

Special Grantmaking: A Purposeful, Flexible Resource for Foundations

Matthew La Rocque and Barbara Kibbe describe the many uses and benefits, as well as ways to address potential challenges, associated with special grant funds.

Features, Resiliency, Effectiveness

Growing Resiliency: Turbulent Times Call for Dialogue Between Funders and Nonprofits

Growing Resiliency: Turbulent Times Call for Dialogue Between Funders and Nonprofits

An updated Resiliency Guide helps funders and grantees consider the complex environments nonprofits operate in, and explore ways to enhance their ability to adapt to shocks and disruptors.

Foundation, President's Updates

Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century

Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences convened a bipartisan Commission on Democratic Citizenship that developed recommendations to strengthen the nation’s institutions and civic culture.

Resiliency, Effectiveness

Resilience at Work

Resilience at Work

Timely independent research addresses how nonprofits adapt to disruption – and ways that funders can help.

Education, Character

Supporting the Youth Development Workforce

Supporting the Youth Development Workforce

Rebecca Goldberg and Alex Hooker contribute strategies and perspectives to the Journal of Youth Development.

Foundation, Education

Pandemic Disruption and Response in the Education Field (video)

Pandemic Disruption and Response in the Education Field (video)

Arron Jiron updates the Foundation Board of Directors on the early effects of COVID-19 as well as mitigation efforts by our grantees and partners.

Foundation, Features, President's Updates

President’s Update: Spring 2020

President’s Update: Spring 2020

Lauren B. Dachs writes about the Foundation’s response to COVID-19 in context of its concluding year.

Evaluation, Effectiveness

Strategy and Evaluation: The Twin Engines of Effective Philanthropy

Strategy and Evaluation: The Twin Engines of Effective Philanthropy

Barbara Kibbe writes about how the language, tools, and approaches of philanthropy have evolved across four decades, and envisions the future of practice.

Evaluation, Effectiveness

Toward Equity: Evaluation is Not Neutral

Toward Equity: Evaluation is Not Neutral

The Foundation supports the Equitable Evaluation Initiative, a field-wide effort to advance equity through evaluation.