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This general purposes support to the Michigan Nonprofit Association will allow it to continue its mission to strengthen the nonprofit sector in Michigan and its work in the areas of public policy, civic engagement and education, and capacity building. In the past year the association has developed and disseminated research to advance the work of the nonprofit sector; managed campaigns and partnerships that increased civic engagement; and led policy advocacy with the goal of creating a friendlier environment for public/private partnerships between government and nonprofits. During the grant period the association will continue research, advocacy, and education on public policy issues; build lasting connections between nonprofit organizations and other community stakeholders; support civic engagement in communities; and develop nonprofit capacity through diversity and inclusion programming.
This grant will provide operating support to the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy. The center seeks to improve understanding of civil society and nonprofit sector performance by conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing data, and promoting dialogue on policy issues affecting nonprofits and philanthropy. Operating support under this grant will enable core activities of the center such as: updating, expanding, and providing access to the center’s National Nonprofit Data System; developing additional sites for the center’s community database platforms; supporting efforts to improve government data on nonprofits; developing trend data on the nonprofit sector; improving nonprofit data standards and methods; and enhancing the center’s communications via social media and webinars. The Urban Institute is an independent think tank that gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues to foster sound public policy and effective government.
This grant will provide general purposes support to the Center for Effective Philanthropy. Established in 2000, the center is a nonprofit organization focused on helping philanthropic funders better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness and intended impact. The center’s research, assessment tools, programming, and communications provide data and insight that encourage foundation improvement. Upcoming initiatives over the next two years include: several new research publications on topics such as foundation operational benchmarking, foundations’ understanding of their ultimate beneficiaries, and further analysis of foundation transparency; improving the center’s core assessment tools as well as the development of new advisory service offerings; greater visibility through a redesigned Web site and blog, op-eds, and increased focus on programming and webinars; and executing beneficiary surveys via the center’s YouthTruth Project to provide the perspective of students to their schools, districts/networks, and foundation funders.
The Mott Foundation, through its Civil Society program, supports efforts to build a vibrant and independent philanthropic and nonprofit sector.
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