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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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.

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. To say that Vikki is passionate about foundations and their ability to drive social change would be an understatement.

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


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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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.

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

Connection Cafe

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.

5 Best Practices for Negotiating Funding for a Thriving Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

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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Performance Based Funding Institute to Improve Higher Education


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.

Foundation Funding Is Imperfect, Now Shut Up About It


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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New and Improved Data Visualization Tool: Maps for Media Funding

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Nonprofit data nerds will love this new resource from Media Impact Funders and Foundation Center called “ Foundation Maps for Media Funding ,” a free, interactive mapping and research tool that shows the full scope of philanthropically funded media projects worldwide since 2009.

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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. Zach Bryant loves reading non-fiction.

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.

Funding Innovation for Skoll Social Entrepreneurs

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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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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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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.

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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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.

The Community Foundation announced Jan. 28 that the Amazing Raise

AFP Blog

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.

Why You Shouldn’t Rely on Grants to Fund Your Nonprofit

NonProfit Hub

If you’re thinking about starting a nonprofit and the plan is to use grants alone to get it funded—think again. So many first-timers think grants are the way to go as their main funding source. Fund it yourself. If your nonprofit chooses to go down this path (or at least decides to incorporate it in some way), remember to be careful and use your borrowed funds wisely.

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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 too). As you probably know, neither foundation nor corporate support is a reliable funding source these days.

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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.

New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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.

What I Learned From Grantmakers About Funding Technology


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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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?

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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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.

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.

Why You Should Stop Relying on Grants to Fund Your Nonprofit

NonProfit Hub

If you’re thinking about starting a nonprofit and the plan is to use grants alone to get it funded—think again. So many first-timers think grants are the way to go as their main funding source. Fund it yourself.

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How Can Nonprofits Make the Most of Overhead Funds?

ASU Lodestar Center

Many funders, including individual donors, are averse to funding these indirect costs, preferring to support direct program expenses: food for hungry people, medical care for the sick, and childcare for working parents. Grantor agencies also eschew funding these necessary expenses.

6 Tips from Valencia College Foundation for Virtual Fundraising Success

Connection Cafe

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.

Nonprofit Crowd Funding Success Formula: Robust Planning, Networks, and Blessings

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

After publishing this post about Save the Children’s Crowd Funding Campaign – where I mentioned the Dalai Lama Foundation’s successful campaign , I noticed this tweet in my stream from Brian Rusch the former deputy director for the DLF : Woohoo!

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So Now What? Finding Funding for Your Nonprofit

Tech Soup Blog

The charts in these reports show the frequency of funding by source, such as private foundations, corporate giving programs, and local governments. Now you have a reasonable set of award goals and a good idea of which funding sources to apply to.

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American India Foundation

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

My last stop in New Delhi was to visit the American India Foundation, which is the largest Silicon Valley/India foundation. They typically run out of steam when the funding runs out, assuming they worked at all.

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Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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

Connection Cafe

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.

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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