5 Foundation Trends That Will Continue in 2018

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Foundations are now utilizing their data to help guide their strategy, increase their impact and continually measure their success and the success of their programs. In order to combat the resource battle, foundations have continued to strategize ways to stretch their funding dollars.

Can Data Bring Foundations and Nonprofits Closer?

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Data champions —whether inside a nonprofit organization or a foundation—know that data on its own doesn’t accelerate impact on its own. This helps provide a platform for foundations and nonprofits to partner more closely on achieving intended outcomes together.

When Foundations Collaborate to Solve the World’s Problems

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This week, Council on Foundations ’ (CoF) annual conference is underway in Dallas, with an agenda focused on a timely theme: leading together. To say that Vikki is passionate about foundations and their ability to drive social change would be an understatement.

The Year-End Survival Guide for Community Foundations

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This is especially true for community foundations. This blog has tips you need to help you and your community foundation colleagues finish the year strong. So grab a glass of eggnog, a plate of holiday cookies, and enjoy our 5 Community Foundation Year-End Survival Tips!

Foundation Revenue Grows 4.7 Percent

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Overall giving to 96 foundations representing over $414.6 percent in the three months ending in June 2015, compared to the same period in 2014, according to a Foundation Index introduced this month by Blackbaud. Giving to those foundations grew 7.6

Foundations and Nonprofits: What Does it Mean to “Speak the Same Language”?

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For their part, foundations have tuned in well to nonprofits’ focus on being mission-driven. In my experience, two dominant frames are now shared by foundations and nonprofits. The annual reports of foundations celebrate how much money they have spent in a given area.

The Foundation Operations and Management Report—New Advice for Funders and Grantmakers

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At Exponent Philanthropy, one of the ways we help our members look inward is via our annual Foundation Operations and Management Report. For nearly two decades, our foundation members have reported on their investments, governance, administration, and grantmaking. Their responses provide a look in the mirror in the aggregate by providing benchmarks among foundations operating with minimal infrastructure or, as we like to say, small-staffed.

Infographic: How Foundations Use Social Media


While the majority of nonprofit organizations have a social media presence, only 45% of foundations use social media. The Foundation Center surveyed over 1,000 foundations across the U.S. to dig deeper into what’s trending with foundations and social media.

New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs

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New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs. How much promise do the following practices hold for increasing foundations’ impact in the coming decades?” So, what answers did foundation CEOs give? By Lindsay Austin Louie.

4 Grant Writing Tips to Bolster Relationships with Foundations

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Jeff Kutash, the executive director of the Peter Kiewit Foundation in Omaha, Neb, deals with grants on a daily basis. He later expanded on that thought, talking about the perceived “power imbalance” between the foundation and potential grantee. Grant writing is a time-consuming process.

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Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

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Grantees, Experts, and Partners at the end of the Brainerd Foundation’s 21st Century Advocacy Design Lab. I was thrilled to work with the Brainerd Foundation staff to help design and facilitate a design lab using techniques based on Luma Institute methods earlier this month.

9 Things to Look for When Evaluating a Grant Proposal

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Ensuring that your foundation makes impactful grants to the right nonprofit partners starts with a thorough proposal evaluation. A detailed budget enables you to be a good steward of your foundation’s grant funds.

4 Grant Writing Tips to Bolster Relationships with Foundations

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Jeff Kutash, the executive director of the Peter Kiewit Foundation in Omaha, Neb, deals with grants on a daily basis. What does the head of a foundation that gave $18 million in grant money last year have to say about grant writing and the relationship between foundations and nonprofit professionals? He later expanded on that thought, talking about the perceived “power imbalance” between the foundation and potential grantee. Grant writing is a time-consuming process.

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Even More Benefits to Tracking Outcomes

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While these are the primary benefits of outcomes for foundations and nonprofits, there are other benefits that can help organizations become more effective. All foundations and their nonprofit partners can benefit from measuring, tracking and reporting on outcomes.

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Knight Foundation Launches The Giving Day Play Book

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That’s something we have heard more and more over the last year, as foundations and nonprofits look for ways to tap into the growing online giving market with these daylong campaigns raising funds for local causes.

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5 Times Foundations Cause More Problems Than They Solve

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It’s what foundations were created to do. But all too often, foundations, corporate grantmakers, and donors end up unintentionally causing problems instead of helping to solve them. Even with the best intentions, foundations often take actions that oppose the outcomes that both they and their grantees hope to achieve. Here are five common ways foundations cause more problems than they solve: Providing short-term funding for a long-term outcome.

Starting an Association Online Community? Five Tips for Building a Strong Foundation


While software is the foundation on which your community will live, there are important steps to take before you start building. This post originally appeared on the Online Community Results blog.

Are You or Your Nonprofit or Foundation Being an Askhole?


And by "that guy," we mean "that organization, foundation, or agency." Vu Le. Executive Director. Rainier Valley Corps. You know that guy who always asks for your opinion and never does anything with it? Don't be that guy.

New Year’s Resolutions for Grantmakers

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Reflection: Do your foundation’s governing documents or bylaws allow you to change or adjust funding strategy? I know of at least one private foundation that can only fund certain named organizations. Grantmaker Resolution: Reach out, go to foundation convenings and networking events.

Offseason Planning for Revenue Growth: Tips from Maine Cancer Foundation

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During the last few weeks in this Event Fundraising blog, we have been … Emerging Events Event Fundraising Peer-to-Peer Fundraising challenge events event fundraising event fundraising tips Friends Asking Friends fundraising events Non-Profit nonprofit Peer to Peer Fundraising team fundraisin

Grantmaking Foundations Can Now Register with TechSoup

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Private 501(c)3 foundations can now register for TechSoup's product donation programs. From supporting arts and sciences to public health and community investment, foundations have been instrumental grantmakers in public life for decades. And as an added bonus: 501(c)3 Private foundations are also now eligible for the Microsoft Software Donation Program , as of July 28. How to Register Your Foundation. Private Independent Foundation. Good news!

What Do Millennials, Shark Tank, and Grantmaking All Have In Common?

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Every grant has an impact and foundations are interested in knowing what that is going to be. Sure the return isn’t necessarily a return of wealth to the foundation. But, the return is populations served, greater social good, or an advancement of the foundation’s goals.

Tech Planning Outcome: More Tech Choices at Grand Rapids Community Foundation

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Tech Planning Success at Grand Rapids Community Foundation. Ann Puckett, IT manager for the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, recently completed a technology assessment using Idealware's tactical technology planning on-demand course as a guide.

Social Media, Foundations, and Grantees: What Works, What Doesn’t?

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This week I attended Center for Effective Philanthropy’s conference “ Better Philanthropy: From Data to Impact &# where I participated on a discussion panel about social media, foundations, and grantees.

7 Things Foundations Might Not Know About TechSoup

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TechSoup has a lot to offer foundations, but the majority of foundations don't know it! See what we can do for your foundation! Most TechSoup Products Are Now Open to Nonprofit Foundations. In 2012 , IT product donations started to open up to nonprofit foundations. By far the majority of the 90,000 public, private, and independent foundations in the U.S. You can check your eligibility to find out what your foundation can request.

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Investing in Infrastructure: What Holds Foundations Back From Funding Technology?


Today 1400 foundations received a letter from 22 organizations that support nonprofit infrastructure. The letter urges those foundations to commit to directing at least 1% of their grantmaking budgets to support the infrastructure upon which the nonprofit sector is built. Even so, they admitted that they struggle with how to make funding decisions and whether technology funding aligns with their foundations’ priorities or will satisfy their trustees.

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#GMN2016 Annual Conference| Observations from Day 2

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Ricci, Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness, Greater New Orleans Foundation; Michael Tipton, President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation; and Joe Rosier, President, Rapides Foundation. Joann’s foundation asks: “What’s your big idea?

Packard Foundation OE Launches Their Strategy Refresh Site

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This post is from the OE Team at the Packard Foundation about the next steps in their public learning journey as part of program review. Packard Foundation OE Launches Their Strategy Refresh – Guest Post by the Packard OE Team. Flickr Photo by Pink Sherbet Photography.

Using Design Thinking to ReThink Our Nonprofit or Community Foundation Work

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Last week I was lucky enough to facilitate a mini-innovation lab for 60 community foundation program officers at the first meeting of ProNet during the Council on Foundations conference in Cleveland, Ohio that celebrated 100 years of community philanthropy.

The One Secret to Winning Foundation Grants

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Government and The Foundation Center, there are over $544 billion up for grabs each and every year from thousands of sources. (To This isn’t meant to say that writing foundation grant proposals doesn’t require thought, persuasive writing skills and attention to detail.

#GMN2016 Annual Conference| Observations from Day 3

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GMN 2016 came to a conclusion with a rousing closing keynote from Dr. Albert Ruesga, President & CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation—a customer of ours, I’m proud to say. “Be There is a great need for foundations to be more vocal about the responsibilities of citizens.

How the Latino Community Foundation Used Learning and Pivoting to Get Better Fundraising Results

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That’s exactly what the Latino Community Foundation did. Tell us briefly about the mission of the Latino Community Foundation (purpose, staffing/budget size, and fundraising history). The Latino Community Foundation (LCF) is the premier Latino fund in California.

Change Management Is the Foundation of a Social Organization


The foundation for social organization transformation is culture and leadership. Michael Brito is currently a Vice President at Edelman Digital.

Top Trends for Foundation Techies: A Report from TAG

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It was a pretty interesting look at what grantmaking foundations.( This fall I had a chance to attend my first TAG Annual Conference. This one was in November amidst glitz and swarms of tourists in Hollywood, very near the fabled Walk of Fame. Very fun.

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Lucy Bernholz Named Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation

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The David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced today that Lucy Bernholz will join the Foundation as a Visiting Scholar effective fall 2013 and through 2014. She will be working with the Foundation’s multiple grantmaking programs on myriad projects.

Nonprofit Bloggers Give Susan G. Komen Foundation A Huge Spanking

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Komen Foundation to cease giving grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings. The same communities that probably sold the most buckets of cancer that raised $8 million for the foundation. By now you’ve probably read about the decision by the Susan G.

New recipes for capacity building for nonprofits and foundations

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New recipes for capacity building for nonprofits and foundations – guest post by Annie Hernandez. The group discussed how we, as foundations, should take this ingredient list and apply it to ourselves. Flickr photo by DoroQuez.

Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits Can Leverage Data and Technology for Impact

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At MicroEdge and Blackbaud, our research reveals that almost 85% of foundations don’t know where to get started. To enhance impact, foundations and nonprofits should leverage their data through platforms like Guidestar, Algorhythm, and Blackbaud Outcomes.

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When Culture Eats Your Foundation’s Social Media Strategy for Breakfast

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Council on Foundations. What does your foundation need to do to open to free agents or how do your grantees need to change? Is the concept of working with a free agent out of the question for a foundation? Free Agents and Foundations.

How to Build a Grateful Patient Program to Drive Lifetime Donors

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While data analytics and successful implementation strategies prove necessary for attracting potential patients, it is the ultimate responsibility of hospital and foundation staff members to collectively keep and nurture those relationships. Today’s healthcare market is consumer driven.