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    The Growing Importance of Community Foundations
    (2014) Sacks, Eleanor
    With 2014 marking the centenary of the first U.S. community foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, this publication details the historical origins of community foundations in the United States. Additionally, it provides a better understanding of what they are, what they do, and provides insight to their role in the future.
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    Paying for Overhead: A Study of the Impact of Foundations’ Overhead Payment Policies on Educational and Human Service Organizations
    (2007-03) Rooney, Patrick; Frederick, Heidi
    This paper examines the impact of foundations’ overhead funding policies on educational and human services organizations. Data was collected from two original surveys, one of foundations and one of educational and human services organizations, and from six case studies. The results of this study found that most foundations fund nonprofits’ overhead expenses, mostly within program grants. Large foundations and those that fund locally were statistically more likely than smaller foundations or those that grant nationwide to fund nonprofits’ overhead expenses, controlling for other factors.
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    LEVERAGING THE POWER OF FOUNDATIONS: An Analysis of Program-Related Investing
    (3/17/2013) IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
    This study provides a comprehensive quantitative analysis of the Foundation Center’s PRI database for the years 2000 to 2010. Analysis of this single and uniform dataset helps to shed light on the trends and landscape of foundations’ PRI activities. Additionally, the study explores the driving forces and challenges of PRIs through in-depth case studies of seven U.S.-based private foundations that use PRIs. This research aims to fill the gaps in knowledge about PRIs and to advance and disseminate new information about PRIs so that foundations might better leverage their impact for the greater good.