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General Operating Support

General Operating Support Action Guide:

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations makes the case for putting the power in the hands of nonprofits to do their work while maintaining accountability.

What is General Operating Support and Why is it Important?

This report from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations lays out the key components of general operating support and why it is important for nonprofits and grantmakers alike.

“Making the Case for General Operating Support”:

Article from the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits argues that general operating support enables nonprofits to adapt to changing realities and opportunities.


Creating Dialogue for Tomorrow’s Movements:

How foundations can make the transition from grantmaker to changemaker.

Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook:

This publication by the Alliance for Justice provides information on 11 benefits of and conversation-starters about philanthropic advocacy.

Capacity Building

Rethinking How Grantmakers Support Scale:

This report sponsored by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations for the Stanford Social Innovation Review looks at “scaling what works” — what it means, what it takes to do it right, and what needs to happen to ensure that proven and promising solutions find their way to more communities and impact more people.

Strengthening Nonpofit Capacity

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations offers practical guidance and considerations to help grantmakers design an effective approach to capacity building.

The Mission Investors Exchange:

Webinars, advice, resources and real-world examples of how small foundations are using this powerful tool.

MIE, in partnership with the Stanford Social Innovation Review, produced an 11-part series on impact investing that features foundation leaders sharing their experiences, innovative strategies and vision for this new investment tool.

The Case Foundation:

Case studies highlighting the wide range of mission investment opportunities available. You can read the series and examine data on the impact of these investments.

The Phillips Foundation:

Information on how this funder used mission investing to empower women in Uganda and Texas with sustainable models for economic and personal development.

The Heron Foundation:

This website explains the Foundation’s rationale for its aggressive approach to impact investing and how it is implementing its investment strategies. The foundation also provides profiles of its investments.

The Road to Achieving Equity:

Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this study documents findings and lessons from foundations embracing equity as a primary focus.

The Health and Wealth Connection:

Far beyond health care access and affordability, wealth and numerous social factors related to where people live, work, and play impact a person’s health. Data in this report from Asset Funders Network demonstrate that assets, income, and health are inexorably linked.

Shaping Culture Through Key Moments:

An exploration of why it’s important for foundations to increase diversity, equity and inclusion not only in their communities but also within their organizations.

Meyer Memorial Trust:

How one Oregon funder is making equity a part of its everyday operations.

Weingart Foundation:

Read about the foundation’s 2017 Program Plan: A Full Commitment to Equity.

San Francisco Community Foundation:

Read success stories about a youth leadership development program and support for families facing separation due to deportation.

D5 Coalition:

Read about a five-year initiative to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in philanthropy.

“Finding Ethnic Enclaves Through Language Data”:

PolicyMap and Reinvestment Fund show maps using data on what languages families speak at home.

“Predominant Language: A Colorful Map”:

More fun with maps from PolicyMap and Reinvestment Fund.

Post-Election Policy Outlook for Immigrants and Refugees:

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees shares resources on executive orders, deportation policies and sanctuary cities.

Oral Health

Virginia Oral Health Coalition: Read the Virginia Oral Health Report Card and find other tools for integrating oral health and primary services.

Virginia Health Care Foundation’s Tooth Talk: A community forum for dental safety-net providers.

“Dental Care and Medicare Beneficiaries: Access Gaps, Policy Options and Policy Options”: This article in Health Affairs offers alternative methods for providing Medicare dental benefits.

Key Health Funders

Kaiser Family Foundation: In-depth information on key health policy issues, including Medicaid, Medicare and health reform.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Dedicated to building a national Culture of Health through programs designed to achieve equity and opportunities to pursue the best health possible.

California Wellness: Supports programs that promote health, wellness education and disease prevention.

State and Local Reports on Health Issues

Virginia Health Care Foundation’s 2016 Profile of Virginia’s Uninsured: Learn more about the 874,000 Virginians, 12.5 percent of the population under age 65, who lack health coverage.

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis: A look at what repeal of the Affordable Care Act could cost Virginia.

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis: An analysis of the mental health, Medicaid and health care issues at stake as the new state budget is completed this spring.

Be Healthy RVA: Data tool created by Bon Secours that gives a detailed look at health disparities and factors that impact those inequities in the Richmond Region and Northern Neck.

Behavioral Health

Virginia Mental Health Statistics: Fact sheets with comparisons between national and Virginia statistics on mental illness.

“Variation in Mental Illness and Provision of Public Mental Health Services”: This article by University of Virginia researchers in Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology shows mental health needs by region and pinpoints areas, including the Richmond Region, lacking adequate resources to meet the demand for services.

Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration and the Person-Centered Healthcare Home: People living with serious mental illnesses are dying 25 years earlier than the rest of the population, in large part due to unmanaged physical health conditions. This report by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare documents a range of barriers to the creation of person-centered health care homes and the development of partnerships among behavioral health and primary care providers.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Resources and toolkits for integrating primary and behavioral health services.

“Increasing Cultural Competence to Reduce Behavioral Health Disparities”: Tools available through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration include a definition of health equity and a blueprint for community-based and health care organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services that will advance health equity and improve quality.

“Integrating Primary Care into Health Settings”:  This article from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration examines the use of fully integrated care to improve mental health outcomes and increase access to preventive care for individuals with serious mental illness.

National Council for Behavioral Health: Information on policies related to behavioral health and substance abuse, as well as mental health first aid training.

Agency for Healthcare Resources and Quality: Resources and a coordination center for people committed to delivering comprehensive, whole-person health care.

Affiliated Organizations

Grantmakers in the Arts
Grant Makers Health
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

MVA Mapping Tool

Reinvestment Fund’s 2017 Market Value Analysis (MVA) of Richmond, Virginia.


Community Scan

Regional Scan and Strategies for Community Engagement in Health, Housing and Community Development.