Data Health and Integration Fundamentals for Foundations


In a recent letter to the editor published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy , two former foundation officials decried the ‘staggering’ redirection of charitable dollars for ‘bloated foundation staff’ and administrative expenses. Foundations today have a great need for data integration.

Did foundation giving and payout shift in 2020? 


Every year, Candid conducts the Foundation Giving Forecast Survey, asking large U.S. foundations to share information about their philanthropic giving over the last two years as well as their plans for the year ahead. Larger foundations were more likely to increase giving.


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Exploring the Future of Hospital Foundation Technology with Salesforce

Cloud 4 Good

Cloud for Good recently hosted and moderated an in-depth webinar exploring the future of hospital foundation technology. Salesforce presents hospital foundations with a unique opportunity to build resiliency despite adversity and help reimagine how these foundations operate through technology.

Jeff Bezos and His Company Foundation Give Millions to Charity Ahead of Space Launch

NonProfit PRO

Meanwhile, a Bezos company foundation awarded $1 million grants to 19 nonprofits. Foundations News/Stats/Studies Wealthy DonorsJeff Bezos will donate $200 million to the Smithsonian—its largest donation since James Smithson’s founding gift in 1846.

12 Foundation Website Templates + Examples of Foundations Who Use Them

Wild Apricot

Looking to create or refresh your foundation's website? Here are 12 templates you can try and examples of real foundations who use them

20 Foundation Websites to Get You Inspired

Wild Apricot

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

Kraft Heinz Company Foundation Commits $12 million to Rise Against Hunger

NonProfit PRO

Extending a partnership that began in 2013, Kraft Heinz Company Foundation announced a major donation to an international hunger nonprofit organization to help alleviate world hunger. Foundations Major Gifts

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.

A new Foundation in my career

Judi Sohn

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.

13 Foundation Grant Writing Tips for Nonprofits

Whole Whale

Finding the right foundation to write a grant for is confusing, especially if the organization has no prior relationships to build on. The Knight Foundation, for example, has open LOIs and open applications around journalism ([link].

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Best Practices for Virtual Foundation Board Meetings

Connection Cafe

Community foundations awarded more grants than any other grantmaker type (49 percent of total awards) . Gifts by independent foundations accounted for at least $1. 775 foundations committed to flexible funding in response to COVID-19 .

Classy Welcomes Ford Foundation COO Depelsha McGruder to Its Board of Directors


McGruder, the Ford Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer and Treasurer, oversees Ford’s global operations and finances for its offices in New York, Africa, Asia, and Latin America. I view it as an extension of my work at the Ford Foundation.

The Foundation of a Good Implementation is Accounting…


I’ve had the good fortune to work on a variety of AMS implementation projects over my 19 plus years in the association industry. They always include a core of critical features, like customer management, membership management, and engagement tracking (events, marketing, committees, etc.).

Q&A with sgLEADERS: Alicia Dicks, The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties

Connection Cafe

Today’s Q&A is with Alicia Dicks, President & CEO of The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. Q: What led you to working at a community foundation?

How BHcare Foundation Created Their Successful Virtual Event


When a door closes, a window opens… at least that’s how it seemed to the BHcare Foundation team! BHcare Foundation provides a comprehensive and integrated system of care for adults, children, and families who are struggling with mental health issues, substance use issues, or domestic violence.

Breakthrough Philanthropy - Thiel Foundation event

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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.

We must all think about sunsetting, not just foundations

Nonprofit AF

Hi everyone. A couple of things before we start. If you can spare it, here are some places to donate. nonprofit leadership philanthropy succession planning sunsetting

How Technology Helped Zero to Three + Harold Grinspoon Foundation Through A Crisis

Cloud 4 Good

Organizations like Harold Grinspoon Foundation and Zero to Three are helping lead the nonprofit sector into a brave new world through Salesforce and remote technologies. Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s Crisis Challenges + Shifts.

Two Tax Policies Affecting Foundations and Nonprofits in 2020

Connection Cafe

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.

Boston Arts Academy Foundation Names Avid CEO Jeff Rosica Board Chairman; Lee Pelton Named Chairman Emeritus

NonProfit PRO

Boston Arts Academy Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises essential funds for Boston Arts Academy (BAA), announced the election of Avid Technology CEO and President Jeff Rosica to Board Chairman.

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

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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.

Foundation Transparency – Foundation Center’s Surprising Glass Pockets Website

Tech Soup Blog is a website sponsored by the Foundation Center that is focused on transparency among funders. foundations still don’t have websites, quite possibly intentionally. I found out about how big a deal Glasspockets is when I attended a local Foundation Technology Affinity Group (TAG) meeting of Northern California foundation techies who kept talking about Glasspockets projects like the hGrant Online Reporting Project , and the Transparency Talk blog.

Foundation for Black Communities launch survey on participatory grantmaking

Charity Village

The Foundation for Black Communities (FFBC) is seeking to learn how foundations across Canada approach participatory grantmaking processes. The post Foundation for Black Communities launch survey on participatory grantmaking appeared first on CharityVillage. They are seeking to understand the variety of participatory approaches being used, the benefits and challenges of these approaches, and how they are evaluated.

Meyer Foundation Announces Director and Inaugural Cohort of Partner Organizations for $20M Fund for Black-led Change Commitment

NonProfit PRO

The Meyer Foundation, one of the Washington area's largest and oldest locally focused philanthropies, announced Stephanie Sneed as director of its recently launched Fund for Black-led Change, effective June 1, as well as the inaugural cohort of organizations awarded resources through the Fund

The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations Announces Partnership with Qgiv Digital Fundraising Platform


The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (the Consortium) and Qgiv are partnering together to help education foundations throughout the state of Florida! Susan Copeland, Polk County Education Foundation executive director, has used Qgiv’s fundraising tools for the last 14 years.

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

Connection Cafe

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

Connection Cafe

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.

Four Great Resources for Foundation Technology

Tech Soup Blog

Foundations fund and coordinate mission-based work. TechSoup also has a new foundation resource area for software donations. I know that by the numbers, there are far fewer foundations than nonprofits in the US (94 percent charities versus 6 percent foundations), but most foundations are relatively small. Ninety-eight percent of private foundations have less than $50 million in assets. Foundations need tech support as much as anyone.

Can Data Bring Foundations and Nonprofits Closer?

Connection Cafe

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.

Oregon Foundation looking for a Million Dollar Idea

Amy Sample Ward

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

Connection Cafe

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

Looking into the Crystal Ball: Public Policy and Foundations in 2021

Connection Cafe

As we look forward to a world with less COVID-19, more vaccinations, and just maybe a return to a more normal day to day, I wanted to take a few moments to jot down some thoughts on what 2021 means for foundations in terms of public policy. Reforming Foundations and Donor Advised Funds.

5 Foundation Trends That Will Continue in 2018

Connection Cafe

Like many years in the past, 2017 continued to bring significant change to the way foundations approach their grantmaking, collaborate with each other, collaborate with their grant partners, collaborate with the public and private sectors and how they are utilizing technology and data to drive their strategy forward. 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.

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

Connection Cafe

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. Foundations Foundations Excise Tax Regulations Tax Cuts and Jobs Act tax law

Craigslist Foundation Bootcamp 2009

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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. I thought Arianna Huffington did a good job as the opening keynoter hitting on the service theme. Announcing All For Good was a big piece of the event, of course.

When Foundations Collaborate to Solve the World’s Problems

Connection Cafe

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.

Social Media for Social Good from the Foundation Center

Amy Sample Ward

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?

MARSOC Foundation Finds Fundraising Success with Teespring

Tech Soup Blog

But few train quite as hard year-round as those who support the Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) Foundation , which provides benevolent and financial support for MARSOC Marines, Sailors, and their families. The latest campaign they’ve launched with Teespring has already sold over 200 shirts to loyal supporters, and earned the MARSOC Foundation over $3,000 dollars. Not for the MARSOC Foundation Miles for MARSOC team members.

Bhayana Foundation starts petition to create an Ontario Week of Recognition for the Nonprofit Sector

Charity Village

The Bhayana Foundation has launched a new petition to create an Ontario Week of Recognition for the Nonprofit Sector. The post Bhayana Foundation starts petition to create an Ontario Week of Recognition for the Nonprofit Sector appeared first on CharityVillage.

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What grantmaking practices should foundations adopt to best support nonprofit organizations?

ASU Lodestar Center

Grantmaking foundations have the financial resources that nonprofit organizations need to accomplish their work. Nonprofit organizations are doing the work essential to further the grantmaking foundation’s mission. Grantmaking practices are important to grantmaking foundations.

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Grantmaking Foundations Can Now Register with TechSoup

Tech Soup Blog

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!

Jennifer Roller, The Raymond John Wean Foundation

Nonprofit Talent

Jennifer Roller President, The Raymond John Wean Foundation, Warren, OH. Jennifer Roller has been with the Wean Foundation since 2007 and served most recently as vice president and interim president. Smart and thoughtful people who represented the Foundation.

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

Connection Cafe

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.