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The Collective Giving Model inspires more thoughtful and strategic giving, not only through collectively made grants but also by influencing the charitable giving of members at home and through their businesses. The Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund has developed sophisticated grantmaking and evaluation strategies that make our grants well regarded by other funders and thus highly sought after by nonprofits.


Collective Giving

Collective Grantmaking in the Catalist Network: A Research Report, Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy

Strengthening the American Giving Circle Movement,  Giving Compass, LLC, October 18, 2019

The Landscape of Giving Circles/Collective Giving Groups in the U.S., Written and Researched by the Collective Giving Research Group: Bearman, Carboni, Eikenberry, Franklin, November 2017

Women’s Giving Circles: Reflections from the Founders,  published by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, August 2009.

More Giving Together – A broad study commissioned in 2007 by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers of the characteristics, benefits, and impact of giving circles across the country.

The Giving Circles Knowledge Center – undefined explores forming grassroots philanthropic initiatives in a community.


Trends in Philanthropy for 2018, Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University.

Giving Compass – aggregates information to make it easier to give well.

Women’s Philanthropy Institute, University of Indiana -institute Women’s Philanthropy Institute, University of Indiana

Council on Foundations provides opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is committed to providing smarter grant making practices.

The Monitor Institute is a social enterprise that surfaces and spreads best practices in public problem solving and pioneers next practices

Tools for Non-Profits

The Leap of Reason Performance Kickstarter for Small Non-profits – The performance imperative for small, non-profits based on the book Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity by Mario Morino

BoardSource provides board governance resources.

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice – outlines 33 principles of sound practice for charitable organizations and foundations.

The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits)– is a trusted resource and proven advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits.

The Grant Professionals Association (GPA) – St. Louis Chapter – a nonprofit membership association, builds and supports a community of grant professionals committed to serving the greater public good.

Nonprofit Missouri (NPMO) – membership organization that supports nonprofit organizations and nonprofit professionals by providing training, education, guidance

Evaluating Tools for Funders

Guidestar has financial reports and Form 990s for many charities.

The Better Business Bureau has a national website that provides reports on national charities and rate them against the BBB’s charity standards.

Charity Navigator evaluates more than 5,500 of America’s charities including financial health.

IRS – EO Select Check is an online search tool that allows users to search for an exempt organization and check information about its federal tax status and filings.

The Foundation Center has information for both grant-seekers and grant-makers and is a prominent resource in the non-profit community.

Recommended Articles and Research on Philanthropy

The Apparitional DonorUnderstanding and Engaging High Net Worth Donors of Color, Faces of Giving March 2018

Women’s Giving Circles: Reflections from the Founders Published by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University

More Giving Together: The Growth and Impact of Giving Circles and Shared Giving by Jessica E. Bearman, published by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.

Catalytic Philanthropy, by Mark R. Kramer. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall 2009.

Collective Impact, by John Kania and Mark Kramer. Stanford Social Innovation Review, February 2011.

Catalyzing Networks for Social Change, produced by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Monitor Institute.

Women a Model for Engaged Giving, by Todd Cohen, for Philanthropy Journal.

Giving 2.0: Getting Together to Give, by Laura Arrillaga-Andreesse. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2012

In Pursuit of the Female Philanthropist, by Fran Hawthorne. New York Times, November 8, 2012.

The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle by Ann Goggins Gregory & Don Howard, Stanford Social Innovation Review: Fall 2009.

Dan Pallota’s Ted Talk on The Way We Think About Charity is Wrong

The Stanford Social Innovation Review, a quarterly magazine covering best strategies for nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses

Women’s Giving Circles: Reflections from the Founders, published by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, August 2009

Suggested Books

Inspired Philanthropy: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Giving Plan, 3rd ed., Tracy Gary and Melissa Kohner

Reinventing Fundraising: Realizing the Potential of Women’s Philanthropy, Sondra Shaw-Hardy and Martha A. Taylor

Something Ventured: An Innovative Model in Philanthropy – The Washington Women’s Foundation Handbook on the establishment of their organization.

The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources, Lynne Twist

Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy, Peter Frumkin

The Transformative Power of Women’s Philanthropy, Martha A. Taylor and Sondra Shaw-Hardy

Women & Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World, Sondra Shaw-Hardy and Martha A. Taylor

Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy, Paul Brest and Hal Harvey

Windfall: Managing Unexpected Money So It Doesn’t Manage You, Marla Brill

Wealth in Families,  Charles Collier

Good to Great and the Social Sectors, Jim Collins

Do More Than Give by Leslie Crutchfield, John Kania, and Mark Kramer

Inspired Philanthropy, 2nd Edition, Tracy Gary

High Impact Philanthropy: How Donors, Boards, and Nonprofit Organizations Can Transform Communities, Kay Sprinkel Grace and Alan Wendroff

Town & Country, The Guide to Intelligent Giving: Make a Difference in the World — and in Your Own Life, Joanna Krotz

Don’t Just Give It Away: How to Make the Most of Your Charitable Giving, Renata Rafferty

The End of Poverty, Jeffrey Sachs

The Cathedral Within, Bill Shore

Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results, Thomas Tierney and Joel Fleishman

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