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Foundation Impact Research Group

The Foundation Impact Research Group (FIRG) is a seminar series hosted by the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society. FIRG seminars explore the relationship between strategic choice-making and impact measurement in foundations and not-for-profit organizations. Unless otherwise indicated, the seminars are held in the Rhodes Conference Room of the Sanford building from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. The seminars are open to the public. RSVP mary.grimm@duke.edu

 

Project on spend-down at the AVI CHAI Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies

Under a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies, and with the cooperation and assistance of the AVI CHAI Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropies, Center Faculty Chair Joel L. Fleishman and philanthropy consultant and writer Tony Proscio are documenting the experiences of AVI CHAI and Atlantic as they spend down their endowments. Starting in 2010, Fleishman and Proscio will issue annual updates on the foundations' progress.
Fleishman, Joel L., 2010. First Annual Report to The AVI CHAI Foundation on the Progress of its Decision to Spend Down. Durham, NC: Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University.
Fleishman, Joel L., 2011. Gearing Up to Spend Down: A Foundation in the Midst of Paradigm Shifts: Year Two Report on the Concluding Years of the AVI CHAI Foundation. Durham, NC: Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University.
Fleishman, Joel L., 2011. Shifting the Spend-Down into High Gear: A Foundation Begins Implementing Its Strategy: Year Three Report on the Concluding Years of the AVI CHAI Foundation. Durham, NC: Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University.
Proscio, Tony, 2010. Winding Down The Atlantic Philanthropies: The First Eight Years: 2001-2009. Durham, NC: Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University.
Proscio, Tony, 2012. Winding Down The Atlantic Philanthropies: 2009-2010: Beginning the Endgame. Durham, NC: Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University.
For more information about the Center's spend-down project, including links to other resources, click here.
 

Scaling Social Impact: New Thinking

This volume grew out of a conference titled "Scaling Social Impact: What We Know and What We Need to Know" hosted by CSPCS, the Fuqua School's Center for the Advancement for Social Entrepreneurship, and the Bridgespan Group. With a Foreword by Bridgespan's Jeffrey L. Bradach and an Introduction by the editors, Scaling Social Impact presents twelve essays by a variety of scholars and practitioners. The central issue that animates all the essays is the meaning, opportunity, and cost of "scaling up" enterprises that apparently are running successfully. How do we do this? When is the right time? What principles of success can be distilled and shared? There are no clear answers yet, but what we do know is that if system change is to be achieved, then successful but isolated, largely unknown, and smallish ventures—and the ideas that underpin them—will need to grow in resources, operating capacity, and demonstrable impact in order to thrive.
Bloom, Paul N., and Edward Skloot, 2010. Scaling Social Impact: New Thinking. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Disrupting Philanthropy by Lucy Bernholz with Edward Skloot and Barry Varela

The 53-page monograph examines the ways in which digital information networks are transforming how social change is produced. It’s the first attempt by anyone to present a comprehensive overview of the intersection of technology and philanthropy, and to make some predictions about where the sector is headed.
 
The monograph is available on the Center's website at http://cspcs.sanford.duke.edu/sites/default/files/DisruptingPhil_online_FINAL.pdf.
 
Disrupting Philanthropy is also availabe at http://www.scribd.com/doc/31178075/Disrupting-Phil-Online-FINAL.
 

 

Blog Posts

More on time, value, and time limits

February 19, 2018

A new report applies a theory of time and value in philanthropy to three real cases, to see how a foundation could decide whether to operate with a limited life, based on the amount and kind of value it hopes to create.

Events

Oct 05

Rip Rapson
President and CEO
The Kresge Foundation