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Donors: 5 Things Nonprofits Want You to Know
Donors: 5 Things Nonprofits Want You to Know

Nonprofit leaders have specific ideas for how donors can best support them to do their most effective work, but the power imbalance means important things are often left unsaid. What do nonprofits want their donors to know that they may not be telling them directly?...

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A Date Certain: Lessons from Limited Life Foundations
A Date Certain: Lessons from Limited Life Foundations

The limited life approach in philanthropy has received increased attention in recent years. But across foundations, perpetuity is often still seen to be the default, and there is considerable uncertainty about the practice of spending down. To learn more about limited...

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Sharing What Matters: Foundation Transparency
Sharing What Matters: Foundation Transparency

On a typical foundation board, what are its members’ most common areas of expertise? How common is it for an original donor — or a family member — to sit on a board? To what extent are board members involved in grantmaking?

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Investing and Social Impact: Practices of Private Foundations
Investing and Social Impact: Practices of Private Foundations

There’s been a lot of discussion about aligning investment practices and mission at foundations, but to what extent are foundations engaging in practices like impact investing and negative screening? To dig beneath the talk and better understand the current state of practice at large private foundations, CEP surveyed CEOs at those foundations to learn more. Analysis of responses from 64 chief executives suggests that the rhetoric seems to be outpacing the reality.

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Employee Empowerment: The Key to Foundation Staff Satisfaction
Employee Empowerment: The Key to Foundation Staff Satisfaction

This report is based on survey responses from 1,168 staff members at 31 foundations. The surveys were conducted from 2007 to 2011 as part of CEP’s Staff Perception Report (SPR), which analyzes feedback from foundation staff about their work experiences and views of the foundation’s overall operations.

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