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International Grant Making Update

According to this report, estimated giving by U.S. foundations for international purposes reached a record $3.8 billion in 2005. This increase represented a nearly 12 percent inflation-adjusted gain over 2002, far surpassing the 2 percent rise in overall giving in the same period. Although the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation contributed significantly to this increase, community foundations reported the fastest gain in grant dollars. (continue)

Community Building: What Makes it Work; A Review of Factors Influencing Successful Community Building

Reveals 28 factors that are key to successful community building. Nonprofit groups, funders, politicians, schools, and community residents all realize the importance of building their community - making it a safer, friendlier, or healthier place to live and work. This book can be used by these and other community builders to enhance their community initiatives. (continue)

Power to the Edges: Trends and Opportunities in Online Civic Engagement

This 43-page report is a snapshot of the current state of online democracy in the age of connectivity brought about by the Internet and other digital information technologies. The implications for nonprofit organizations are significant and challenging. The authors urge nonprofits and the funders who support them to integrate online and offline activities, leverage and strengthen networks of activists and brandish a new set of leadership skills that are facilitative and inclusive. (continue)

Kettering Foundation

The central question behind the foundation's research is currently this: What does it take to make democracy work as it should? The Kettering Foundation produces low-cost publications of interest to dialogue leaders. A few examples are: Making Choices Together: The Power of Public Deliberation; Community Leadership: Community Change through Public Action; and How the Community Works: Officeholder Perspectives on Democratic Self-Government and the Community. The Kettering Foundation spawned the National Issues Forums. (continue)

The Whitman Institute

A private foundation located in San Francisco, TWI promotes open-mindedness, cross-perspective dialogue, and engaged communication to improve the process and quality of public and private decision-making. Our ultimate goals are to broaden the public conversation about the importance of critical and collaborative thinking and to link that deepened awareness to effect individual and social change. (continue)

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