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Stories

Education, Character, Evaluation, Effectiveness

Using Data to Strengthen Out-of-School Time Programs

Using Data to Strengthen Out-of-School Time Programs

Just released! A new book, Measure, Use, Improve! Data Use in Out-of-School Time, provides practical insights about how to use data to improve practice in youth-serving organizations.

Water, Environment

Tools to advance water trading in a new era of sustainable groundwater management

Tools to advance water trading in a new era of sustainable groundwater management

Environmental Defense Fund partnered with water managers and landowners in the Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District to create the first open-source water accounting and trading platform in California’s Central Valley.

Evaluation, Effectiveness

Transforming Evaluation Practice Together

Transforming Evaluation Practice Together

New resources, co-designed by funders and evaluators, take on urgent issues facing the field of philanthropic evaluation and offer actionable solutions for improving practice.

Education, Character

Spotlight on Learning and Development Outside of School

Spotlight on Learning and Development Outside of School

Edutopia, with Foundation support, created 10 videos showcasing effective out-of-school practices as part of the How Learning Happens series.

Water, Environment

Filling the Biggest Data Gap in Water Management

Filling the Biggest Data Gap in Water Management

A Foundation-supported partnership including NASA, Google, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Desert Research Institute announces a web application to transform water management in the American West.

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.