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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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. Consideration of your desired outcomes should permeate your conversations internally around your foundation’s programs.

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.

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? We know people like to give.

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.

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.

Foundation Center - Nonprofit Collaboration Database

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Foundation Center - Nonprofit Collaboration Database

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.

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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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.

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. Zach Bryant loves reading non-fiction.

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.

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.

Foundations and Social Media Infographic | Glasspockets

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Foundations and Social Media Infographic | Glasspockets : Infographic: What’s Trending With Foundations and Social Media

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.

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

Our EveryAction Hero: United Nations Foundation


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.

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.

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.

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

6 Tips from Valencia College Foundation for Virtual Fundraising Success

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While most of us were planning our July 4th barbeque, Valencia College Foundation was preparing to launch their First ONE campaign. This year the foundation took their six-week fundraising campaign online using peer-to-peer fundraising to supplement their offline campaign activities.

Infographic: Foundations and Social Networking - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

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Infographic: Foundations and Social Networking - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly : The Foundation Center put together an eye-catching infographic that compiles the survey’s data on foundation social media use. You can view it below

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.

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Starting a Recurring Giving Program: Tips from the Major Hospital Foundation

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At the MHP Foundation , we knew that setting up and implementing a recurring giving program was in REACH for us. These donors are committed to the Foundation; they are content to make their gifts and to hear about how they were used later.

Recap: Twitter #GivingTuesdayMyths Chat Hosted by Salesforce Foundation

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Yesterday Allison Fine and I participated in a chat hosted by the Salesforce Foundation and moderated by Emily Goodstein on the topic “GivingTuesday Myths.”

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

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Oregon Foundation looking for a Million Dollar Idea

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Meyer Memorial Trust is a private foundation in Oregon, USA, that has a pioneering spirit and is always up to something new, different, and meaningful – plus it is quite near to my heart. The foundation will collect the ideas from Oregonians on a forum on the web at to commemorate MMT reaching $500 million in money distributed to tax exempt organizations, primarily in Oregon. We’ve set a goal to make MMT a national model of a regional foundation,” Stamm said.

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Why Grameen Foundation?

I just finished my first week at Grameen Foundation as their new CTO. My brain is absolutely full after a week of conversations and reading about my new home. I couldn’t be more excited about the move, the mission, and my new colleagues.

Social Media for Social Good from the Foundation Center

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Location : Foundation Center, New York, NY. Join the Foundation Center for an engaging event on the strategies and tactics that make social media an effective way to activate your community, and the results you can expect. Related Links: Foundation Center. presentation Presentations from 2011 foundation center panel social mediaDate : April 27, 2011. Topic : Nonprofits & Social Media. Description : Facebook? Twitter? YouTube? Foursquare?

The Community Foundation announced Jan. 28 that the Amazing Raise

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HERALD-PROGRESS, Ashland VA, Hanover,Mechanicsville, Montpelier, Beaverdam, Kings Dominion,Tomato Festival,Train,Patriots, Atlee, Randolph Macon,Newspaper,Breaking News in VA : "The Community Foundation announced Jan. Following the announcement The Community Foundation spokesperson Kim Russell said that the decision to end the event came as a result of independent online fundraisers, such as Kickstarter, rising to prominence in the past few years.

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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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.

10 Ways Hospital Foundations Can Use Giving Tuesday to Enhance End-of-Year Giving

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Is your hospital foundation one of them? . Let’s be honest, many perceive hospital foundations to have a very niche/elite donor set. The proceeds from the photos go to the foundation. . Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard about #GivingTuesday.

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