NCG believes in providing its members with the resources and tools to deepen their grantmaking craft. These publications, produced by both NCG and its philanthropic partners, offer a wealth of information on the practice of grantmaking.
Beyond Five Percent: The New Foundation Payout Menu This report looks at thirteen foundations who have followed alternative courses to lifespan, including spending down or higher or flexible payouts. Through these profiles, this report examines the effect of time-limited existence and higher payout on issues ranging from finance and investment to grantmaking policies, governance, staffing, and evaluation. All donors may find these case studies useful.
Building Diversity This report presents results from a survey of California foundations to collect baseline data on the demographic composition of their boards and staffs and on the types of diversity-related data collection and grantmaking they are involved in.
Embracing Diversity This report includes an analysis of the extent to which grantmaking by large California foundations serves populations of color.
Spotlight on Arts Grantmaking in California This report published November 2009 by the Foundation Center illuminates the current needs, practices, and issues around the funding of arts organizations in California. Findings show the contrast between types of support that grantmakers award compared to what arts groups say they need most. Report includes an analysis of arts grantmaking in 2007, including a list of the 10 largest California arts funders by total giving.
The Public Charity's Guide to the California Initiative Process This guide by the NCG Public Policy Committee outlines the manner in which public charities can play a significant role in state ballot initiatives, including details on the state and federal regulations that affect them. It is the companion publication to the “Private Foundation’s Guide.” The Guide is intended to help public charities and their legal counsel to more confidently navigate the decisions they will face when working in the ballot measure arena.
On the Money This publication highlights the financial challenges nonprofits face and the ways in which grantmakers are both improving the situation as well as perpetuating the problem