Women's Collective Giving Grantmakers Network


Web Resources - Philanthropy

BoardSource provides board governance resources.

Center for Effective Philanthropy
is a resource for improving the effectiveness of philanthropic funders.

Women’s Philanthropy Institute, University of Indiana -instituteWomen's
Philanthropy Institute, University of Indiana

Council on Foundations provides opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is committed to providing smarter grant making practices.

The Monitor Institute is a social enterprise that surfaces and spreads best practices in public problem solving and pioneers next practices - See more

The Women’s Funding Network is a collaborative philanthropic network dedicated to funding women’s solutions worldwide.

Collective Giving Web Resources

Women’s Giving Circles: Reflections from the Founders,  published by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, August 2009.

More Giving Together - A broad study commissioned in 2007 by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers of the characteristics, benefits, and impact of giving circles across the country.

The Giving Circles Knowledge Center - undefined explores forming grassroots philanthropic initiatives in a community.

Giving Circles Network 

General Online Philanthropy Resources

What Board Members Need to Know About Not-for-Profit Finance and Accounting provides an easy-to-understand overview of not-for-profit financials. 

Guidestar has financial reports and Form 990s for many charities.

The Better Business Bureau has a national website that provides reports on national charities and rate them against the BBB’s charity standards.

Charity Navigator evaluates more than 5,500 of America’s charities including financial health.

IRS - EO Select Check is an online search tool that allows users to search for an exempt organization and check information about its federal tax status and filings.

The Foundation Center has information for both grant-seekers and grant-makers and is a prominent resource in the non-profit community.


Members and WCGN in the news

Women's Giving Alliance on River City Live, News4JAX, Feb. 27, 2017

Giving Together Has Exponential Effects On Communities, Huffington Post, Feb. 2, 2017

The relationship between funders and nonprofits needs to change — and slowly, it is, (Impact100 Philadelphia) Dec. 8, 2016

View advocacy at work The Power of One Women's Giving Alliance 

Empowered Women Are Changing Philanthropy. These Experts Explain How Inside Philanthropy, January 13, 2016 

Read the Ballantyne Magazine article showcasing the Charlotte conference.

LISTEN to leaders of WCGN on Charlotte Talks, Charlotte's local NPR station WFAE! 

Why Collective Giving Works for All Generations of Women Huffington Post, October 23, 2015

Leveraged Learning for Transformational Giving Huffington Post, October 21, 2015

Women Pool Dollars and Link Arms for Innovative Community Transformation Huffington Post, October 16, 2015
Connections Continue to Grow In Work With Homeless FayObserver, October 16, 2015

Philanthropy Has A New Face Huffington Post, Oct. 15, 2015

Forum on collective giving by women starts in Charlotte The Charlotte Observer, October 14, 2015
Dianne Chipps Bailey Named 2015 Woman of the Year June 8, 2015
Impact Austin Names New Executive Director (Impact Austin, Austin, TX) Austin Statesman, January 13, 2015 
Giving Circles: More Impact to Go Around, (WCGN and Impact100 Philadelphia), New York Times, Nov. 7, 2013
Women Change Communities, One ‘Giving Circle’ at a Time, (Women's Impact Fund, Charlotte, NC), Washington Post Blog, May 19, 2014
Wendy Steele, founder Impact 100, Named Jefferson Award Winner, (Impact 100, Cincinnati, OH), Cincinnati.com, March 13, 2014
New Charity Raises Awareness as well as Money, (The Philanthropy Connection), Boston Globe, Dec. 28, 2013
TedX Boca Raton Wendy Steele; TedX Cincinnati Jenny Berg (Impact 100, Cincinnati, OH) 
Three to Thousands, (Greenville Women Giving, Greenville, SC), TOWN, Nov. 1, 2013
Collective Giving: Democratizing Philanthropy through Collaborative Funding by Beth Bunnell and Mary Broach (Impact100 Philadelphia) Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal October 2012
A Grand Hand, (Impact 100, Cincinnati, OH), People Magazine, Jan. 27, 2003
Charity Belle: Colleen Willoughby helps give money away, (Washington Women's Foundation, Seattle, WA), People Magazine, November 30, 1998 
http://people.com/archive/charity-belle-vol-50-no-20/

Recommended Print Publications about Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Financial Times

Town and Country, June philanthropy issue each year

What Board Members Need to Know About Not-for-Profit Finance and Accounting, published by Jacobson Jarvis & Co, PLLC (jjco.com)

The Stanford Social Innovation Review- a quarterly magazine covering best strategies for nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses.

Recommended Articles about Philanthropy

Women’s Giving Circles: Reflections from the Founders Published by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University

More Giving Together: The Growth and Impact of Giving Circles and Shared Giving by Jessica E. Bearman, published by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.

Catalytic Philanthropy, by Mark R. Kramer. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall 2009.

Collective Impact, by John Kania and Mark Kramer. Stanford Social Innovation Review, February 2011.

Widespread Empathy: 5 Steps to Achieving Greater Impact in Philanthropy, produced by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Jump Associates.

Catalyzing Networks for Social Change, produced by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Monitor Institute.

Women a Model for Engaged Giving, by Todd Cohen, for Philanthropy Journal.

Giving 2.0: Getting Together to Give, by Laura Arrillaga-Andreesse. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2012

In Pursuit of the Female Philanthropist, by Fran Hawthorne. New York Times, November 8, 2012.

Cracking the Network Code: Four Principles for Grantmakers, by Jane Wei-Skillern, Nora Silver, and Eric Heitz. Published by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Washington, DC; 2012.

The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle by Ann Goggins Gregory & Don Howard, Stanford Social Innovation Review: Fall 2009.

Dan Pallota's Ted Talk on The Way We Think About Charity is Wrong

State Budget Crises: Ripping the Safety Net Held by Nonprofits, March 2010 report from the National Council of Nonprofits

The Stanford Social Innovation Review, a quarterly magazine covering best strategies for nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses

Revolution Redux, Joanna L. Krotz a comprehensive article by Joanna L. Krotz on the history and latest developments in women’s philanthropy

According to a March 2010 report from the National Council of Nonprofits, State Budget Crises: Ripping the Safety Net Held by Nonprofits.

Women’s Giving Circles: Reflections from the Founders, published by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, August 2009

Suggested Books

Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan, 3rd ed., Tracy Gary and Melissa Kohner

Reinventing Fundraising: Realizing the Potential of Women’s Philanthropy, Sondra Shaw-Hardy and Martha A. Taylor

Something Ventured: An Innovative Model in Philanthropy - The Washington Women’s Foundation Handbook on the establishment of their organization.

The Soul of Money,  Lynne Twist

Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy, Peter Frumkin

The Transformative Power of Women’s Philanthropy, Martha A. Taylor and Sondra Shaw-Hardy

Women & Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World, Sondra Shaw-Hardy and Martha A. Taylor

Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy, Paul Brest and Hal Harvey

Windfall: Managing Unexpected Money So It Doesn't Manage You, Marla Brill

Wealth in Families,  Charles Collier

Good to Great and the Social Sectors, Jim Collins

Do More Than Give by Leslie Crutchfield, John Kania, and Mark Kramer

Inspired Philanthropy, 2nd Edition, Tracy Gary

High Impact Philanthropy: How Donors, Boards, and Nonprofit Organizations Can Transform Communities, Kay Sprinkel Grace and Alan Wendroff

Town & Country, The Guide to Intelligent Giving: Make a Difference in the World -- and in Your Own Life, Joanna Krotz

Don't Just Give It Away: How to Make the Most of Your Charitable Giving, Renata Rafferty

The End of Poverty, Jeffrey Sachs

The Cathedral Within, Bill Shore

Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results, Thomas Tierney and Joel Fleishman

The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources, Lynne Twist





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