A couple of interesting grantmaking-related reads out of the US have appeared on the web:
In the first article, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) looks at the New York Community Trust's granting towards the accessibility and quality of public education in New York City; and in particular on the work of one grantee.
In the piece Masa: Hitting the 'Sweet Spot' with Resident-Led Advocacy and Organizing, NCRP describes the work of the Mexican American Student Association (Masa) and how the Trust has helped it through honest feedback, as well as its support of grassroots groups.
The second piece - from the Philanthropy News Digest - brings us some good news concerning a past Grantmaking in Australia Conference presenter.
The article can be found via this link - http://bit.ly/24Q0MDA - and conveys word that the New York-based Robin Hood Foundation raised more than $US60 million at its annual fundraising gala earlier in the week.
The foundation works to reduce poverty in New York City.
At the 2015 Grantmaking in Australia Conference, the foundation's Michael Weinstein shared the organisation's rigourous, numbers-based approach to making grants to tackle poverty.
A transcript of the presentation can be found by clicking here.
Four local councils around Australia have been working with SmartyGrants to open up their data. Learn more about the open data pilot project.
Thinker in Residence Chris Borthwick considers the possibilities for artificial intelligence in grantmaking, and suggests that big data has changed the game.
One of the best things funders can do to help grant recipients, and themselves, is to buy better software to help them better monitor outcomes.
Prove it. That's the challenge that runs through every grant program. It's a tough business, but community foundations - 36 locally based philanthropic groups distributing $21 million in grants each year in Australia - have shown us all a way forward.