The Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University is now publishing a terrific journal on foundation and community initiatives called The Foundation Review. Now heading toward their second edition, the publication fills a big gap in understanding not only what foundations have and are funding but mainly what difference they are making. This is not a "how-to" for grant writers but a very thoughtful collection of articles that will help almost any non-profit or foundation do their job better.
From the community side, I found the applied research very helpful for a better understanding of what is working and why. One article that I will highlight focuses on the Robert Wood Foundation's Children's Futures program. For those of you working to improve the success for 0 to 3 year olds, you will find this helpful. At a time when libraries and individuals are cutting back on their publications budgets, this one is worth the money. It is available online for free so take a look yourself.
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