Digest: Studies, Books, Web Sites


The Artist as Philanthropist: Strengthening the Next Generation of Artist-Endowed Foundations: Volume 2 Considerations in Foundation Practice

January 2010
Christine J. Vincent
A study of the emerging artist-endowed foundation field in the United States.

Partnering With Intermediaries

November 2010
Tom David
With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the author interviewed over 50 foundations working with intermediaries about their success and challenges.

Strategic Philanthropy: Five Approaches for Making a Difference

November 2010
Foundation Source
As guidelines for other philanthropists, this booklet shares steps Foundation Source clients have taken to achieve strategic goals.

Community Foundation Approaches to Effectiveness: Characteristics, Challenges, and Opportunities

November 2010
Francie Ostrower
Study findings indicate that community foundations need to develop and articulate a more specific and realistic definition of effectiveness that is consistent with their mission.

The Artist as Philanthropist: Strengthening the Next Generation of Artist-Endowed Foundations: Volume 1 Findings: Overview of the Field

November 2010
Christine J. Vincent
A study of the emerging artist-endowed foundation field in the United States.

From Crisis to Opportunity: Learning from One Region's Response to the Economic Downturn

November 2010
Rebecca Graves, Fay Hanleybrown, Veronica Borgonovi
Now that a year has past since the bottom of the economic crisis, funders have an opportunity to look back at their initial response and determine how they can incorporate some of the adjustments they have made in their ongoing work.

Creative Placemaking

November 2010
Dr. Ann Markusen, principal of Markusen Economic Research Services, and Anne Gadwa, principal with Metris Arts Consulting

Criteria for Philanthropy at Its Best: Benchmarks to Assess and Enhance Grantmaker Impact

November 2010
Niki Jagpal
A set of measurable guidelines to help foundations and other institutional grantmakers operate ethically and maximize the impact of their dollars.

Native Arts and Cultures: Research, Growth and Opportunities for Philanthropic Support

November 2010
Ford Foundation
Overview of three foundation-commissioned evaluations, this report serves as a guide for donors interested in investing in Native arts and cultures, and focuses on leadership development opportunities, and cultivating a more robust philanthropic resource for the field.

Working with Grantees: The Keys to Success and Five Program Officers Who Exemplify Them

May 2010
Ellie Buteau, Phil Buchanan, Timothy Chu
Successful foundation-grantee relationships hinge on the prowess of individual program officers, whose abilities may vary widely within a single foundation. This research explores what grantees value in their relationships with program officers and identifies four keys to success. Five high-performing program officers share their stories.