Other Special Projects

Read Metropolitan Planning Council's interview with PFF Program Director Heather Parish

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is partnering with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the Metropolitan Mayor's Caucus in an effort to boost the capacity of local, suburban governments. As they plan their efforts, they are turning to the nonprofit sector to learn about best practices in capacity buidling.

Resource document for HR offices

In April 2018, the Pierce Family Foundation convened several grantees for a conversation regarding the unique opportunities and challenges facing these agencies in working with staff teams that include employees from the community, their client base, and/or with those with lived experiences of homelessness or housing insecurity. The foundation has compiled notes from this conversation, as well as resources for agencies.

Fundraising Staffing Survey Results

“How many FTE staff members does it take to raise $XX?” This is a question those in the nonprofit community hear often. The Pierce Family Foundation sent a survey to PFF grantees, other Chicago funders to share with their grantees, and colleagues. A hearty thank you to the 90 organizations that responded to the survey! Download the survey, as well as some other articles we gathered on the topic, here.

PFF Advises Other Funders on Supporting Nonprofit Staff

Pierce Family Foundation Executive Director Marianne Philbin recently published a blog piece on Grantcraft, a service of Foundation Center. "9 Strategic (and Inexpensive) Ways Funders Can Support Grantee Staff" outlines the programs and methods that PFF uses to address capacity building for nonprofit staff - and advocates for other funders to try them, too!

Foundation featured in Fund the People toolkit

Fund the People, a national effort to maximize investment in the nonprofit workforce, has published a toolkit that provides guidance, best practices, and data to help funders and nonprofits alike increase investment in nonprofit staff.

New Homeless Services Guide Published by PFF

The Pierce Family Foundation announced the publication of Equipped and Ready: A Best Practices Manual for Preparing Homeless Services Staff to Succeed. This is free for use and can be downloaded here.

Foundation supports capacity building study

Two years ago, a group of Chicago funders - including the Pierce Family Foundation - wanted to understand the landscape of nonprofit capacity building in the Chicago area, and how it might be improved. To begin, this steering committee of funders commissioned a landscape scan of current capacity building needs and services. That study has been released and is available here.

Foundation Appears in GEO Publication

Pierce Family Foundation was one of several funders highlighted in the Grantmakers for Effective Organization's (GEO) new publication, Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity.

The Homestretch wins Emmy Award

The Homestretch, a Pierce Family Foundation-backed documentary about youth experiencing homelessness, was honored at the 37th News and Documentary Emmys on September 21, 2016. Featured in the film are the stories of four Chicago youth, as well as two PFF grantees - Teen Living Programs and The Night Ministry's The Crib - who work with homeless youth.

PFF Supports Nonprofit Merger Project

A group of Chicago nonprofit and philanthropic leaders are coming together to study nonprofit mergers in the metropolitan area, with the goal of identifying best practices.