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

Connection Cafe

Just a few months ago, in November 2019, I sat on my front porch and made my donor-advised fund (DAF) grant recommendations via a donor portal within an app on my iPhone while simultaneously sipping a nice glass of wine.

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.

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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.

3 Ways Community Foundations Can Become the Donor’s Choice

Connection Cafe

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? What they need is a funding adviser.

Donor-Advised Funds: Insight from the Experts

Connection Cafe

Donor-advised funds are a hot topic. According to a study released this fall by the National Philanthropic Trust , the assets held in these charitable funds increased almost 24% last year to a whopping $70.7 Further, contributions coming out of these same funds grew by 27%.

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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

Donor Spotlight: Lavelle Fund for the Blind

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

What is it like for a nonprofit to have a successful, lasting partnership with a private philanthropic foundation? One foundation that has been a committed supporter of our work is the Lavelle Fund for the Blind.

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

Idealware

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.

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Changing The Way We Look At Tech, Nonprofits And Foundations Come Together To Solve Funding Gap

TechImpact

As nonprofits, charities, and foundations continue to evolve in today’s ever-changing world, the efficient use of technology has become more important than ever before. Blog Fundraising Leadership Tech budgeting funding funding gap technology

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

Connection Cafe

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?

3 Ways Community Foundations Can Become the Donor’s Choice

Connection Cafe

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? What they need is a funding adviser.

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

Connection Cafe

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. bbcon Takeaway #3: Impact measurement must be baked into the culture of your foundation .

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

Connection Cafe

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.

How Nonprofits Can Use Livestreaming to Raise Funds Through Sponsorship

Nonprofit Tech for Good

She’s worked with Movember, Dress for Success, USTA, American Idol, The Gary Sinise Foundation, Hashtag Lunchbag, and many more. . She’s worked with Movember, Dress for Success, USTA, American Idol, The Gary Sinise Foundation, Hashtag Lunchbag, and many more. .

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5 Foundation Trends That Will Continue in 2018

Connection Cafe

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.

6 Technology Tips for Community Foundations to Engage Millennial Donors

Connection Cafe

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.

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? Foundations can use the OKR process to align every department’s effort (grantmaking, fundraising, financial management, etc.) Consider the following OKR for a foundation that focuses on reducing childhood obesity nationwide: Objective: Eliminate childhood obesity in the Northeast.

Donor-Advised Funds: Philanthropy’s Hot-Button Issue

Connection Cafe

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) have become one of the hottest tools in philanthropy over the last few years. While the funds have been around for decades, the 1990s ushered in an increasing interest in DAFs as financial planning and planned giving tools.

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Foundation Funding Is Imperfect, Now Shut Up About It

SocialFish

Figure out how to write grant proposals and grant reports that meet the needs of the foundations you are pitching, and get on with your work. Foundations fund whomever they want for their own reasons.

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

Idealware

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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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. Murrow College of Communication entering gift and pledge data related to the KWSU Public Radio/TV Station’s annual fund drives. Q: What accomplishment are you most proud of as CIO of the Georgia Tech Foundation?

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 second is the equation of funding or delivering services with achieving results.

Funding Innovation for Skoll Social Entrepreneurs

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But not just any money -- we talk about the most difficult money to raise: the unrestricted funding that is the lifeblood for a social entrepreneur. This early portion of the Skoll conference is for Skoll awardee staff, the Skoll Foundation and key resources to grow the field.

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Emergency Funding: Where to Find It and How to Get It

NonProfit Hub

It’s no secret that nonprofits struggle to find funding more than businesses and corporations do. You want to make sure you have enough emergency funding on deck to keep your organization running and your employees happy.

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 145: Trends in Grantmaking During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Connection Cafe

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the funding landscape in various ways. Listen in to hear what Lauren has to say about COVID-related funding resources, changes to funding practices and requirements, and how nonprofits should approach conversations with funders.

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.

5 Best Practices for Negotiating Funding for a Thriving Nonprofit

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In the nonprofit world, the beneficiaries of nonprofit services usually provide little, if any, of the revenue to fund the services they receive. 5 Best Practices for Nonprofit Funding: 1. Your mission needs funding to be sustainable and successful.

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Our EveryAction Hero: St. John's Hospital Foundation

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

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.

Nonprofits and Foundations: Bridging the Technology Funding Gap Together

Tech Soup Blog

Wouldn't it be great if nonprofits, charities, and foundations had a frank discussion about how to improve the technology funding process? I learned that both nonprofits and foundations have a lot of work to do to help close the technology funding gap.

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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.

Got Grants? Finding Funding with the Foundation Center

Tech Soup Blog

How does your organization find funding? Libraries and nonprofits rely on philanthropy and grants to further their mission, but finding funding for new projects can be a challenging process. The Foundation Center is the largest producer of directories and databases of grantgiving foundations. Their training tools can help you learn more about grant funding, whether you are a beginner or an experienced grantseeker.

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Performance Based Funding Institute to Improve Higher Education

VisionLink

Douglas Zimmerman and Lois Ann Porter traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to organize the Performance-Based Funding Institute VisionLink produced for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. You can see more photos on the VisionLink Facebook Performance-Based Funding Album.

The One Secret to Winning Foundation Grants

NonProfit Hub

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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What I Learned From Grantmakers About Funding Technology

Idealware

Over the years, I’ve talked to a lot of foundations about funding grantee technology. But our recent three-part course How to Get Your Technology Project Funded: Tips from Grantmakers revealed more than a few interesting takeaways. Most funders don’t fund technology, per se.

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Our EveryAction Hero: United Nations Foundation

Everyaction

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.

Got Grants? Finding Funding with the Foundation Center: Webinar Recap

Tech Soup Blog

On September 6, 2012, TechSoup held a free webinar with two guest presenters from The Foundation Center. George Ford gave an overview and tour of the Foundation Directory Online , including tips for finding funding to match your organization’s mission and location. Kim Patton shared some of the features on the GrantSpace website, and highlighted resources to learn more about finding and applying for funding. What Is the Foundation Directory Online?

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.

Finding Funding with the Foundation Center

Tech Soup Blog

Identifying potent ial funding sources that align with your nonprofit's or library's mission is a constant challenge. The Foundation Center wants to help you meet that challenge. About the Foundation Center. Try Out the Foundation Directory Online.

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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. Not for the MARSOC Foundation Miles for MARSOC team members.

The Idealware Research Fund

Robert Weiner

Our friends at Idealware (a nonprofit technology resource provider) have created a new fund to support their research. Many of Idealware's reports have been funded by foundations and some have had corporate sponsorship (and some are commissioned by TechSoup.org too). As you probably know, neither foundation nor corporate support is a reliable funding source these days.

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Even More Benefits to Tracking Outcomes

Connection Cafe

While these are the primary benefits of outcomes for foundations and nonprofits, there are other benefits that can help organizations become more effective. ” Transparent Outcomes, Improved Funding.

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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 ideas4oregon.org 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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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. 28 that the Amazing Raise—a 36-hour online giving event—will not continue this year, ending its five-year run that has seen more than $7 million unrestricted funds generated since 2011.