Other Special Projects

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.

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.

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.