How To Future Proof Your Foundation’s Grants Management System – Part 1

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2020 has challenged grants managers at foundations in ways that no one could have anticipated. Any one of these factors might have created a shift in the operating model for many foundations. Foundations coronavirus COVID-19 grantmaking grantmaking software

Our EveryAction Hero: St. John's Hospital Foundation

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John's Hospital Foundation has been working since 1999 to support St. I spoke with John Goettler and Katie Long from the foundation to talk about some of the amazing work they do and why reliable technology tools are integral to running a successful hospital foundation.

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Two Tax Policies Affecting Foundations and Nonprofits in 2020

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Private Foundation Excise Tax. The private foundation excise tax was initially enacted with the Tax Reform Act of 1969. Through this excise tax, private foundations paid a maximum tax of 2% annually on their net investment income.

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5 Ways Good Technology and Data Improve Our Community Foundation’s Morale

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Maine Community Foundation (MaineCF) is a statewide community foundation with a staff of 38 and offices in Portland and Ellsworth, plus three remote offices in Maine and one in New York, NY. Free eBook: The Business Case for an Online Foundation Management Solution.

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 What is the New Foundation Index? Chuck Longfield, Blackbaud’s chief scientists and creator of the Index, said the new specialty index will serve as a useful tool for foundations.

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. With a platform for shared understanding of outcomes definition, how to measure progress, and a standardized language for giving, foundations and nonprofits are able to collaborate for change more effectively.

The Power of Focus: Using OKRs to Turbocharge Your Foundation’s Effectiveness

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In this post, we’ll define the OKR concept and share how it could help your foundation deliver better performance and greater impact. Is the OKR process relevant for foundations? But every foundation should consider OKRs as a tool that can help move the impact needle forward.

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. As foundation leaders from across the country gather to share ideas and talk about the future, I’ve been thinking about the concept of leadership. To say that Vikki is passionate about foundations and their ability to drive social change would be an understatement.

Q&A with sgLEADERS: Barbara Newhouse, The Children’s Heart Foundation

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Today’s Q&A is with Barbara Newhouse, CEO of The Children’s Heart Foundation , where she is using her experience and lessons learned to create strengths from organizational challenges and rebuild a brand that staff, board, supporters, and volunteers can trust. Q: You became CEO of The Children’s Health Foundation in February 2019 – what accomplishment are you most proud of so far?

Our EveryAction Hero: United Nations Foundation

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Created in 1998, the United Nations Foundation links the United Nations' work with others around the world, helping the UN address a range of global issues, including climate change, global health, women’s empowerment, peace and security, poverty eradication, and more. What does the United Nations Foundation do? The United Nations Foundation has a very distinct role in the evolution of #GivingTuesday. The United Nations Foundation recently made the switch to EveryAction.

The 2020 Foundations Excise Tax Regulations – What You Need to Know

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Yet here is the potential trap: Although you may receive minimal compensation for work at your foundation, the $1,000,000 threshold appears to include all your compensation. Perhaps in your “day job” you are the CEO of a for-profit company or an investment banker receiving high compensation for that work, which has nothing to do with your foundation participation. Foundations Foundations Excise Tax Regulations Tax Cuts and Jobs Act tax law

Acquiring Patients and Donors: Trust is the Foundation

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Even more importantly, trust is built via relationships—with front desk personnel, with nurses, with doctors, with front-line staff, and with foundation gift officers—all aspects of healthcare that are not controlled by marketing.

How Foundations Can Use Storytelling to Effect Change

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If you spend any time working with foundations, you’ll notice a central thread in the stories told by their leaders, in the content posted to their websites, and in the information they share with the news media. Most foundation stories start and end with money. This is true whether the story comes from a private foundation, family foundation, community foundation, or healthcare conversion. Money is, of course, an important part of what foundations do.

A new Foundation in my career

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Two weeks ago, I joined the Salesforce Foundation in a new role as Open Source Manager. Well, I could tell you about how I’m on the Foundation’s Tech & Products team (specifically on the product engineering side) and how it’s all about working with the broader community and the Foundation to evangelize and grow investment in open source projects. This is an amazing time of change and growth for the Foundation and I’m excited to be a part of it.

Community Foundations, Donor Advised Funds, and Cloud-based Technology – An Insider’s Look At This Winning Trifecta

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It was 20 years to the month that my wife and I established our DAF at our local community foundation, and I marveled at how technology had evolved over this time period. Thinking a bit further, I realized that the evolution of cloud-based software supporting the community foundation space offered even greater impact to foundations and the communities they serve. Community foundations who have not yet gone through a digital transformation are late to the game.

4 bbcon 2019 Takeaways to Help You Maximize Your Foundation’s Impact in 2020

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If you were one of the foundation professionals who joined us this year in Nashville, you are hopefully well into your planning for how to put some of what you learned to use; I’m also hoping you enjoy this little refresher on what I consider to be some of the finer takeaways from our foundations track. In this post, I’ll highlight four of the key takeaways identified by our attendees as being the most critical to positioning their foundations for greater impact in 2020.

6 Technology Tips for Community Foundations to Engage Millennial Donors

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In order to keep up with the next generation of tech-savvy donors and engage with them on shared causes, community foundations must consider how technology can be harnessed to meet Millennials on their terms. Here are 6 technology recommendations for community foundations to consider: Embrace easy-to-use technology that provides an intuitive and engaging user experience.

20 Foundation Websites to Get You Inspired

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Looking to create or refresh your foundation's website? Here are 20 amazing examples and what you can learn from them

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! Check out Philadelphia Foundation’s 2015’s timetable here. Foundations community foundations end of year fundraising Grants online giving year-end fundraising tips year-end survival tips

5 Foundation Trends for 2019: Conquering the Unknown with the Help of Data

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As we start a new year, it’s a good time to pause and celebrate the great work that your foundation and your peers across the social sector accomplished last year. Though the official numbers for 2018 won’t be out for several months, Giving USA reported giving by foundations in 2017 to be up 6%, totaling $66.9 Here are the five trends I see having the most impact on foundations in this coming year, starting with these new potential partners: Partnerships and Data.

3 Ways Community Foundations Can Become the Donor’s Choice

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While this is wonderful news for nonprofits and foundations, these organizations still face a significant challenge: how to be the donor’s choice amid a wealth of giving options. So, how does your community foundation become the donor’s choice? As a community foundation, you can offer expertise and advice. Foundations have the best opportunity to be the bridge between organizations and donors. And remember, a portal is an extension of your foundation.

A Foundation-Donor Love Story for the Digital Age

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The first time a potential donor engages with your community foundation may bear some resemblance to a first date. Fortunately, as in today’s dating world, technology can help smooth the transition for foundations and donors to go from “first date” to a long-term relationship. When donors ask to know more about you and what your foundation does, it is important to have this information readily available so that your response is clear, succinct and compelling.

Q&A with sgLEADERS: Dwight Dozier, Georgia Tech Foundation

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Dozier, CIO of the Georgia Tech Foundation. He is responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and oversight of all Foundation and enterprise advancement technology solutions. Q: What accomplishment are you most proud of as CIO of the Georgia Tech Foundation? Additionally, I am also proud in the role that newly introduced technologies have played in equipping the Georgia Tech Foundation to address future and strategic growth.

Foundation Center - Nonprofit Collaboration Database

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Foundation Center - Nonprofit Collaboration Database

Foundation Center - Press Release - Foundation Center Launches GrantCraft Makeover

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Foundation Center - Press Release - Foundation Center Launches GrantCraft Makeover : Foundation Center Launches GrantCraft Makeover Intuitive Design Is Hallmark of Global Community of Learning for Philanthropy New York, NY — June 25, 2014.

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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.

Foundation Center - Press Release - Foundation Center Puts Improved Transparency Resources Into the Hands of Foundations

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PRESS RELEASE Foundation Center - Press Release - Foundation Center Puts Improved Transparency Resources Into the Hands of Foundations : Foundation Center Puts Improved Transparency Resources Into the Hands of Foundations Redesigned Glasspockets Web Site Makes Openness Easier Than Ever New York, NY — November 14, 2013.

Foundation Center - Nonprofit Collaboration Database

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Interesting tool from our friends at the Foundation Center Foundation Center - Nonprofit Collaboration Database : Nonprofit Collaboration Database Search the Nonprofit Collaboration Database to find real-world examples of how nonprofits are working together.

Hyper-Personalization: Using Donor Data to Inspire Loyalty to your Healthcare Foundation

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And how can charities, like hospital foundations, use it to increase donor loyalty and generate higher return on investment (ROI)? A hospital foundation’s annual giving program is a great way to illustrate how mass marketing currently works in the sector. In most hospital foundation annual giving programs, all donors regardless of donation trigger (e.g. Called the foundation to report a change in address.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 156: Getting Started with Outcomes Measurement for Foundations

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Many foundations would like to have a more defined measurement process around their grantmaking but aren’t sure where to start. Today’s episode focuses on that process: how to get started, how to iterate through the process, and how to report on your foundation’s accomplishments. In an excerpt from a Blackbaud webinar, you’ll hear from Veronica Dickson of the FMH Foundation and Jessica Tudyk of the Mary E. I think that’s really good advice with any foundation.

Know Your Numbers: #GivingTuesday | Case Foundation

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Know Your Numbers: #GivingTuesday | Case Foundation : "So that’s why this year in celebration of #GivingTuesday, the Case Foundation is excited to partner with Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy to support research efforts to identify outcomes from #GivingTuesday and its implications for overall donation trends.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

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Participants will acquire a foundational understanding of this increasingly important component of fundraising strategy and will be able to identify and distinguish between the most common planned giving vehicles. Council on Foundations / Miami, FL / $1,199. It's finally here!

Healthcare Foundations: At the Crossroads of Communication

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For healthcare foundations, gaining and maintaining a donor’s trust is equally important. To counter the fragile nature of trust, hospital marketing and the foundation must come together for a shared purpose: to promote, maintain, and communicate trust to their communities. The need for authentic, consumer-voiced content is a natural and synergistic opportunity for marketing departments and foundation staff to begin building a more collaborative relationship.

Breakthrough Philanthropy - Thiel Foundation event

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Last night I had the privilege of attending the Breakthrough Philanthropy event put on by Peter Thiel's foundation, covered in the local press with articles like "Silicon Valley billionaire backs futuristic philanthropy" from the San Jose Mercury News. The foundation spotlighted eight unusual nonprofit groups. The SENS Foundation wants to advance "Rejuvenation Biotechnologies." And the last group is well known to tech people, the X PRIZE Foundation.

3 Ways Community Foundations Can Become the Donor’s Choice

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While this is wonderful news for nonprofits and foundations, these organizations still face a significant challenge: how to be the donor’s choice amid a wealth of giving options. So, how does your community foundation become the donor’s choice? As a community foundation, you can offer expertise and advice. Foundations have the best opportunity to be the bridge between organizations and donors. And remember, a portal is an extension of your foundation.

Glasspockets – Looking Inside Foundations

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Glasspockets – Looking Inside Foundations: "The Foundation Center's Grantsfire RSS FeedThis feed displays real-time, raw data reported by foundations that use the Grantsfire 'hGrant' format. Grantsfire facilitates grant reporting for grantmakers and increases the timeliness and accessibility of this information for everyone. Are you a grantmaker that would like to use Grantsfire to share your

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. Nonprofits are preoccupied with writing what the funder wants to read or hear, and foundations are compliant with proposal templates that change little over years or even decades. The annual reports of foundations celebrate how much money they have spent in a given area.

Knight Foundation | Reporter Analysis

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Knight Foundation | Reporter Analysis : "We asked our partner, Monitor Institute, to take a critical look at the role of networks in community life. Our lens was apolitical. We were not looking for prescriptions for how citizens and government should interact. Rather, we were interested in the potential of networks—to create stronger bonds or to split us apart.

Join Benetech in the Skoll Foundation’s 2014 Social Entrepreneurs Challenge!

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Please join us in the Skoll Foundation’s second annual Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge —a fundraising campaign committed to strengthening the capacity of organizations like ours to accelerate impact on some of the most critical issues of our time. We are competing against other participating organizations—and racing against the clock—to raise funds and secure matching funding from the Skoll Foundation. Zach Bryant loves reading non-fiction. This wasn’t always the case, though.

11 Hispanic and Latino Organizations Everyone Should Know

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Hispanic Heritage Foundation The. Hispanic Heritage Foundation is an award-winning nonprofit that identifies, inspires, prepares and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 151: The Foundations of Effective Talent Management

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Today’s episode features an excerpt from part one of a three-part Blackbaud webinar about how better talent management can up your fundraising game featuring Eric Bowman, talent manager at Texas A&M Foundation. What do you need to know about talent management to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your team?

Craigslist Foundation Bootcamp 2009

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Enjoyed my day in Berkeley yesterday at the Craigslist Foundation Bootcamp 2009. Posted the best 30 or so on Flickr : got some great ones of Steve Wright of the Salesforce Foundation. They had more than 1000 folks show up to talk about service, nonprofits and social action.

The Purpose of a Foundation’s Website — Medium

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The Purpose of a Foundation’s Website — Medium : "What’s a foundation website for? The Rockefeller Foundation isn’t the only one who has asked this question. After all, foundations are not in the business of raising money or selling products or services. So what good can a foundation website do?" ''via Blog this