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The Morino Institute produces reports and points of view, and Mario Morino often makes speeches and presentations, on our issues of focus. Here is some of our work on Advancing a more effective philanthropy.

Venture Philanthropy 2002: Advancing Nonprofit Performance Through High-Engagement Grantmaking is Venture Philanthropy Partners' third annual report on this emerging field. Prepared for VPP by Community Wealth Ventures, the report is a useful resource for those working in venture philanthropy and other forms of high-engagement grantmaking as well as those interested in learning more about the field. The report emphasizes valuable lessons learned and features a series of essays from funders, recipients, and leaders in the field. It also includes comprehensive profiles of 50 national and international organizations involved in high-engagement grantmaking, as well as a detailed analysis of survey data tracking trends in the field.

Effective Capacity Building in Nonprofit Organizations, prepared by McKinsey & Company for VPP, brings some common language to the discussion of capacity building and offers insights and examples of how nonprofits have pursued building up their organizational muscle. The report contributes to the growing national conversation about how to help nonprofits become stronger, more sustainable, and better able to serve their communities. McKinsey & Company prepared the study at the request of VPP. McKinsey also developed a practical assessment tool for this report that nonprofits can use to measure their own organizational capacity. We hope that nonprofits and funders alike find value in this report.

Venture Philanthropy 2001: The Changing Landscape provides a comprehensive look at the state of venture philanthropy in the U.S. today. This report seeks to understand what venture philanthropy is, who is involved, what impact has it had so far.

In "Venture Philanthropy: Leveraging Compassion with Capacity", Mario Morino discusses expanding the traditional approach to philanthropy to include the promise, prosperity and best practices of the New Economy. This keynote speech was delivered at the "Titans of Technology" breakfast launching the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Foundation on March 8, 2001.

In "Policy and Philanthropy: Keys to Closing the Digital Divide," Mario Morino outlines his vision for transforming the Digital Divide movement into a powerful social force that brings profound change to communities. The speech was delivered at the U.S. Department of Commerce TOP Conference on October 30, 2000.

In "Venture Philanthropy: Building Philanthropic Capacity in the National Capital Region," Mario Morino challenges entrepreneurs and investors to work together to demonstrate venture philanthropy with compelling success. These remarks were presented at the Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown Conference on June 27, 2000.

In "Venture Philanthropy: Leveraging Compassion with Capacity in the National Capital Region," Mario Morino discusses the changes that are coming to the nonprofit world, offers a new philanthropic model and challenges the National Capital region to lead the way in demonstrating the new philanthropy in partnership with existing philanthropic organizations. These remarks were presented at the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers Annual Meeting, June 21, 2000.

In "Completing the Wealth Cycle in the New Economy," Mario Morino offers his view on the changing landscape in philanthropy today and the promise of venture philanthropy to tap the wealth and know-how of the New Economy for the greater good of the National Capital region. This speech was delivered at the Greater Washington Business Philanthropy Summit in March 2000.

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