The Millennial Impact Report 2012 Based on surveys and focus groups of 20 to 35 year olds, the report describes their expectations and preferences about how nonprofits engage them. From Achieve and Johnson Grossnickle and Associates. July, 2012.
Opportunity for Action, Preparing Youth for 21st Century Livelihoods The International Youth Foundation, with support from Microsoft, reports on the emergent gap among youth worldwide between those who have the access and skills to be successful, and those who do not, and how technology and other investments can bridge the divide. March, 2012.
Bright Spots Leadership in the Pacific Northwest The Paul G. Allen Foundation and Helicon Collaborative report on "bright spots" among cultural organizations who are thriving despite challenging times. The report highlights strategies and principles that characterize their success. February, 2012.
Discretionary Grants: Engaging Family...or Pandora's Box? Paper from National Center for Family Philanthropy discusses challenges of discretionary giving by family foundations. Includes the experience of member Russell Family Foundation in Gig Harbor as reported by Richard Woo. December, 2011.
Ninth District Community Insight Survey of community development and service organizations as key indicators of the economic health of low- to moderate-income communities in six states, including Montana. Published by the Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, November, 2011. (PDF, 821 KB)
The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy has issued its Giving in Numbers: 2011 Edition, which reports on trends in corporate philanthropy, October 2011.
The Foundation Center has published a whitepaper with research on Key Facts on Mission Investing, which aims to "aggregate information on the extent to which foundations are making use of MRIs," October 2011. (PDF, 317K.)
The Nonprofit Research Collaborative has released its fundraising survey of charitable gifts in the first half of 2011 and shows flat or declining trends. Read a top-line summary at GuideStar. September 29, 2011.
Leap of Reason, Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity, offers practical advice to nonprofit leaders about effective, outcomes driven management. See also The Economist review, Giving for Results, of this book and also Give Smart: Philanthrophy That Gets Results and Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World, books about effective philanthropy. May, 2011.
Collective Impact Stanford Social Innovation Review illustrates how large scale social change may be achieved through broad cross-sector coordination. Winter, 2011.
ArtsFund Economic Impact Study Report documents economic impact of 357 nonprofit arts, cultural and scientific organizations in Central Puget Sound. It identifies $1.9 billion in business activity generated through expenditures by organizations and their patrons in the local and Washington state economies in 2009. January, 2011.
Streamlining Online Grant Applications Companion document to guide published in March, 2010, this report summarizes the commmissioned evaluation by Idealware of seven vendors measured against the "gold standard" features established in the earlier report. April, 2010.
New Partnering with Native Communities The Paul G. Allen Foundation reports on fifteen years of investing in key nonprofit organizations that work in Tribal communities throughout the Pacific Northwest, November, 2012.
Sustainable Rural Communities Report examines barriers to rural community development and proposed solutions. Published by the Denali Commission in coordination with Federal Partners. August, 2010. (PDF, 3.9 MB)
House Jobs Bill Provides $200 million to Americorp, House of Representatives passed a $154-billion jobs bill with $200-million in new money for AmeriCorps. Senate is not expected to consider it until early 2010. The Chronicle of Philanthropy, December 17, 2009.
Struggling to Make Ends Meet, National poll about attitudes of households and communities experiencing poverty and expectations of elected officials. Includes state data for Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Northwest Area Foundation, September, 2009.
Strategies to End Poverty A project of The Seattle Foundation, made possible by a five-year, $2.5 million commitment from the Northwest Area Foundation, will work to advance public policies to increase economic security and decrease poverty levels in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.