Other Special Projects

PFF Participates in National Day of Racial Healing

The Pierce Family Foundation hosted a Racial Healing Circle for grantees on Tuesday, January 21 as part of the National Day of Racial Healing. More than 40 such circles were held during the week at agencies all over Chicago.

Co-ED appears on national panel

The National Center for Family Philanthropy held its annual Forum on Family Philanthropy in Chicago in October 2019. Pierce Family Foundation Co-Executive Director Heather Parish was a feat

10th Anniversary Celebration

The Pierce Family Foundation gave our first grant in 2008. In early September of 2018, to celebrate our 10th anniversary, PFF staff members went on a two-day whirlwind tour to all of our Core Grantees, past and present. Each organization was presented with a Celebrating Our Core Grantees document, a grant to be used on staff appreciation activities, and - the favorite item - a tin of Garrett's popcorn.

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.