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Resources

Ready to learn more about the field? Here you can explore our curated list of what we’re reading, connecting to, and learning about in the growing movement of Indie Philanthropy.

Donor Education

There are some excellent resources and groups that can help you deepen your Indie Philanthropy education and practice. We've curated this list based on our extensive research and engaged partnerships.
  • Adventures in the Land of Financial Empowerment
    This zine was created by Kimberly Hendler, Julie McVeigh, Adam Roberts, Kate Poole, Anya Rous, Jessie Spector and Amy Warner to help young people with wealth figure out what steps they need to take to begin to use their resources for public good.
    [ How-To Guide , donor education ]
  • Amplifier Resource Library
    The Amplifier Resource Library contains materials for every step of the giving circle experience.
    [ How-To Guide ]
  • Bay Area Justice Funders Network
    The Bay Area Justice Funders Network (BAJFN) is alliance of funders working to advance a justice agenda and strengthen grantmaking for social justice movements in the Bay Area and beyond.
  • Be A Localist
    By connecting leaders, spreading solutions, and attracting investment toward local economies, BALLE advances the Localist Movement to create real prosperity for all.
    [ Indie Investing ]
  • Bolder Giving
    Bolder Giving's mission is to inspire and support people to give at their full lifetime potential.
    [ Leadership , Donor Network , Giving Community , Giving Campaigns , Education ]
  • Confluence Philanthropy
    Confluence Philanthropy is a network of over 300 foundations committed to aligning assets with organizational mission.
    [ Indie Investing , Economic Justice ]
  • Divest-Invest
    Divest-Invest is a growing movement of individuals and foundations that are committed to divesting from the fossil fuel economy and investing in climate solutions.
    [ Indie Investing ]
  • Exponent Philanthropy
    Exponent Philanthropy is the country’s largest association of funders—nearly 2,200 members strong—and the only one dedicated to serving foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors.
    [ Donor Network ]
  • Flow Funding Circle
    Visit Marion Weber’s Flow Funding Circle for inspiration and practical tools to become a “flow fund initiator.” This website has links to templates for letters to invite people to become flow funders.
    [ How-To Guide , Website ]
  • Giving Circles Network
    GCN seeks to assist Giving Circles and other individual donors in making their contributions more meaningful.
    [ How-To Guide ]
  • Giving Communities
    Donors connecting with other donors for education, community building and peer support. Answer a few questions to find your giving community match, or browse a list of dozens of options!
    [ Giving Communities , Education ]
  • GrantCraft
    GrantCraft offers dozens of guides and free resources covering practical wisdom to improve the practice of philanthropy.
    [ Reports , How-To Guide ]
  • Grassroots Grantmakers
    Grassroots Grantmakers is a network of place-based funders in the United States and Canada who are working from a “we begin with residents” perspective – supporting active citizenship and building civic capacity at the block level in their communities with scale-appropriate grants, a highly relational style of grantmaking, and a learning orientation.
    [ Donor Network , Education ]
  • National Center for Family Philanthropy
    The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) is the only national non-profit dedicated exclusively to families who give and those who work with them.
    [ Donor Network , Family Foundations , Education ]
  • New Economy Coalition
    The New Economy Coalition works for an economy that is restorative to people, place, and planet, and that operates according to principles of democracy, justice and appropriate scale.
    [ Economic Justice , Indie Investing , Education ]
  • The Philanthropy Workshop
    The Philanthropy Workshop is the leader in ongoing strategic philanthropy education and networking—inspiring individuals and families to give better. Our members invest their time, talent, treasure, and networks as a means of affecting purpose-driven, sustainable change.
    [ Donor Network ]
  • Threshold Foundation
    A progressive foundation and community of individuals united through wealth, who mobilize money, people and power to create a more just, joyful and sustainable world.
    [ Giving Communities , Donor Network ]
  • Unleashing Generosity
    Unleashing Generosity is a learning community that offers resources, coaching and inspiration for giving circles, donor networks, financial and philanthropic advisors, families and individuals.
    [ New Donor , Women ]
  • Women Moving Millions
    A campaign for committed, purposeful women making unprecedented gifts of $1 million or more for the advancement of women and girls.
    [ Giving Campaigns , Women , Donor Network ]
  • Women’s Funding Network
    For links to dozens of foundations that fund women and girls in the US and abroad, visit The Women’s Funding Network. Many of these funds have community-based decision-making models.
    [ Women , Donor Network ]

Read

We scour the internet for the best and most relevant Indie Philanthropy related reads. Here's our (frequently updated) list of reports, resources and articles that are keeping us active and inspired.

Engage in Person

If you have explored this site and taken the time to read/watch/absorb some of the resources offered, you may be wanting to connect with others live, in real time! Here are a variety of opportunities - both virtual and in person - to engage with others on the Indie Philanthropy path.
  • Bold Conversations
    Monthly teleconference calls from Bolder Giving on a variety of engaging topics related to giving.
  • Making Money Make Change (MMMC)
    MMMC an annual gathering for 100 young people with wealth to explore issues related to wealth, privilege, philanthropy, and participation in grassroots movements for justice and equality.
    [ Conference , New Donor , Young Donors ]
  • National Center for Family Philanthropy
    The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) is the only national non-profit dedicated exclusively to families who give and those who work with them.
    [ Donor Network , Family Foundations , Education ]
  • Play Big
    Play Big convenes donors with discretionary capital of at least $15 million who want to explore how to more strategically and effectively activate their whole portfolio, (i.e. giving and investing), to make change. The next convening is in February 2015.

Engage Online

While this site is the only place online that brings together Indie Philanthropy practices and stories in one place, there are some other great sites that can really help with specific Indie areas.
  • Adventures in the Land of Financial Empowerment
    This zine was created by Kimberly Hendler, Julie McVeigh, Adam Roberts, Kate Poole, Anya Rous, Jessie Spector and Amy Warner to help young people with wealth figure out what steps they need to take to begin to use their resources for public good.
    [ How-To Guide , donor education ]
  • ImpactAssets
    In addition to offering Donor Advised Funds and impact investment opportunities to philanthropists, ImpactAssets creates and curates resources on a range of topics related to impact investing.
    [ How-To Guide , Education ]
  • LearnPhilanthropy
    LearnPhilanthropy is a web-based marketplace of resources for new grantmakers. Once you find a resource you love, LearnPhilanthropy directs you to that organization’s site to find and access that resource.
    [ donor education ]