Small Foundations

Small Foundations, Outsized Impact: How Three Canadian Foundations Create Change
Commissioned by Burns Memorial Fund, Mindset Social Innovation Foundation and Philanthropic Foundations Canada in September 2016, the report is intended to draw out consistencies in the practices and philosophies of high impact but small scale foundations.

Essentials of Impact Investing: A Guide for Small-Staffed Foundations
Produced by Arabella Advisors, Mission Investors Exchange and Exponent Philanthropy, it aggregates experiences and highlights the best of the estimated one in 10 small foundations that participate in some form of impact investing. 2015.

Small Can be Effective, Paul N. Ylvisaker, Council on Foundations, 2000.
This monograph illustrates how small foundations have been and can be both creative and effective.

Getting to Impact through Planning, Association of Small Foundations, 2011. A very useful step by step primer for small foundations.

Small Stone, Big Ripple: 12 strategies for spreading your small grant further,  National Centre for Family Philanthropy blog, 2014.

How Small Foundations Can Scale What Works, GEO Funders webinar on Scaling What Works.

Small Foundation Leadership: A portrait emerges, Philanthrofiles, 2012.

The Power of Small,  The Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2011,

 

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