Publications

Annual Report on Grants

Each year the Foundation compiles an Annual Report on Grants  The most recent Report describes all grants awarded through the Foundation’s Environment and Human Rights Programs. You can also read publications from earlier years in our Annual Reports on Grants archive.

Social Media and Newsletters

In 2011, The Overbrook Foundation discontinued publishing its semi-annual Newsletter. Instead, the Foundation will communicate information about its grantees and their projects by updating its Blog and Twitter feed. Through the use of its blog and twitter accounts, the Foundation hopes to provide more valuable and timely updates on grantee projects to an audience of grantee organizations, interested website visitors, and the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Past newsletters will remain posted on the website in an archive of Foundation Newsletters.

Web 2.0

In September 2007, The Overbrook Foundation commissioned a consultant, Allison Fine, to assess the extent to which our human rights grantees were adapting to the new digital Web 2.0 world. The phrase Web 2.0 has been used to describe the next generation of wireless and web-based technologies (or social media) that will continue to enhance the ability of social change organizations to engage, educate, and mobilize large numbers of people in support of their causes. Her findings are based on responses of the Foundation’s U.S. based human rights grantees to an online survey and from the results of two discussion groups she held with current grantees. The key findings of her Web 2.0 Report include:

  • Overall, grantees are firmly entrenched in the Web 1.0 world, meaning that they use the web largely as a source of information rather than a tool for interactivity.
  • A small handful of grantees, such as WITNESS, the ACLU, Breakthrough, and WNYC Public Radio are using social media in spectacular ways to engage their constituents in conversations.
  • Most grantees are not taking advantage of easy-to-use social media tools effectively. For instance, only half of them have blogs, and only half of these groups allow comments on their blogs.
  • Survey respondents and group discussion participants often felt a “common struggle” in understanding which tools are critically important to their work and were at a loss as to where and how to get help for selecting and using new social media tools.