Community Collaboration Grants


Foundation: Initiative Foundation

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The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation works under a guiding principal that collaboration is a necessary component in creating communities that propel growth. During the last year, the foundation celebrated three decades, besides launching a new brand. So, the foundation decided to switch things up, by upping the monies available through its annual 'One Big Thing' grant, which rewards a single deserving entity, or regional project, that the foundation deems as having a positive impact on the social and business fabric of the community.

This year, the foundation made awards available to two deserving entities, culled from the foundation's 23 Early Childhood initiatives and its 26 community foundations. These entities were tasked with explaining how their projects would improve their overall community. They also had to explain how their work exemplified the foundation's mission of fostering collaborative efforts.
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Foundation: Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County

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Omidyar Sharpens Focus on Multi-Lingual Platforms for India

Investors in India are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into new multilingual technology platforms that are designed to give rural populations an entry point into internet usage. The Omidyar...more

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American are very generous, donating over $400 billion to charities in 2017. However, not all charities benefited equally. The largest gifts went to nonprofit organizations, leaving many smaller...more

Following The Money: Why Foundations Should Be Analysing Their 'End Spend'

In an article on Forbes the head of a philanthropic education firm posits that foundations could benefit the field and nonprofits from taking a more holistic approach in their funding...more

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Bruce DeBoskey, a philanthropic strategist posits that community foundations will play a critical role in fulfilling the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals. The SDG's provide a roadmap for...more

Could Embracing Innovation Accelerate Progress in Philanthropy?
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

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14 More Have Signed the Gates-Buffett Giving Pledge

In 2010, Bill and Melinda Gates united with Warren Buffet to create The Giving Pledge, enlisting 40 American philanthropists to join them in promising to donate at least half their wealth to...more

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This blog post discusses the growing trend of effective altruism. Effective altruism, in essence, is choosing where to donate money based on how much good the charity is doing. It's a weird way of...more







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