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

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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 .

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.

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4 Tips for Connecting with Supporters Who Are Parents Right Now

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Your supporters are facing similar challenges, especially those who are parents. Here are some ideas for how your organization can come alongside and connect with supporters (and prospects) who are parents—and who could probably use a little extra help right now.

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

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.

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. These features are the product of client input in the fast-growing community foundation, cloud-solution-user community.

All Facets of the Impact Investing Field at SOCAP16

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At the forefront of strategies is impact investing. From the plenary speech alone, it was clear how much the impact investing field has evolved. But, impact investing means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The Path to Effective Impact Investing.

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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. Outcomes and Impact. A logic model may help, or learn how SEFCU created their social impact strategy.

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? Foundations can use the OKR process to align every department’s effort (grantmaking, fundraising, financial management, etc.) on objectives and outcomes that quantitatively focus on maximizing impact. Doubled the number of supported organizations providing outcome data.

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.

5 Community Needs That Companies Can Impact Now

Connection Cafe

As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on and continues to cause distress, corporations are being entrusted – and expected – to lead the way to support and help solve the world’s most pressing issues.

Telling Your Impact Story with Donor Statements

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Private foundations, public charities and other social good organizations have an IRS Form 990 online, open to the public eye at any time. Something to be included to help personalize the impact of your donors, but not the focus of the story itself.

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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. People like to support nonprofits, but they want to know they’re making the best decision.

Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits Can Leverage Data and Technology for Impact

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At MicroEdge and Blackbaud, our research reveals that almost 85% of foundations don’t know where to get started. To enhance impact, foundations and nonprofits should leverage their data through platforms like Guidestar, Algorhythm, and Blackbaud Outcomes.

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Contemplating Boulder and Social Impact

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Chuck is the president of Naropa University , but we first met when he was leading the Greyston Foundation, a pioneering social enterprise known for originally making brownies for Ben ‘n Jerry’s ice cream while employing formerly incarcerated individuals as the primary workforce.

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Acquiring Patients and Donors: Trust is the Foundation

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While the overall decline in trust has impacted the healthcare and nonprofit industries, these two segments fared better than most, as they reported a 4.6% It behooves healthcare foundations to see the ‘friend-raising’ opportunities in collaborating on community events.

Capacity Commons: A New Tool for Pro Bono Support

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Common Impact research indicates that 90% of nonprofits report needing more volunteer support and more than 72% believe that they could increase their impact through skills-based volunteers. Those of us who work in the nonprofit sector know that the capacity gap is real.

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. People like to support nonprofits, but they want to know they’re making the best decision.

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.

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

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Our software tools change the ways in which individuals with disabilities can effectively read; enable frontline human rights defenders to safely document abuse; and support environmental practitioners in their efforts to protect species and ecosystems. Thank you for your support!

The Foundation Operations and Management Report—New Advice for Funders and Grantmakers

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We look at nonprofits and the people who lead them to find inspiration, motivation, and opportunities for directing our support. In her actions are two important messages for all of us who make grants and support nonprofits: the first is the desire to look at ourselves, and the second concerns an open mind. At Exponent Philanthropy, one of the ways we help our members look inward is via our annual Foundation Operations and Management Report.

Mobilizing Impact at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

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“Mobilizing for Impact.” Through this three-year project—made possible with support from the Lavelle Fund for the Blind as well as India’s adoption of a new copyright exception for people with print disabilities —we will pilot Bookshare International at scale in India.

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Unlock Fans While Engaging Supporters Beyond Like, Share and Comment

Amy Sample Ward

The mystery of creating real impact using Facebook has eluded many organizations for years now. There are other examples of organizations finding some tricks and functionality that really help them make connections with supporters, and then Facebook changes the functionality.

The Impact of Tech Capacity Support

Idealware

“Too many foundations dismiss technology as peripheral to the important work they fund. But even a small investment in your grantees’ technology can have a large impact on their missions.”. The above quote comes directly from our report, A Funders Guide to Supporting Nonprofit Technology: 10 Ways to Build Your Grantees'' Technical Savvy. In fact, we believe this notion is a critical shift in thinking all foundations should consider making.

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. This essay highlights groups that are creatively connecting citizens who are making a difference today, and explores how technology might impact public participation and leadership in the future.

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. Their impact also carries over to #GivingTuesday, the biggest giving day of the year. What does the United Nations Foundation do? 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.

Platform Power: Scaling Impact

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This argument became one of the foundations of The Participatory Museum. I value platforms for their power to scale impact. And then we support and empower them to lead workshops and festivals and projects on our site.

7 Tips For Building Nonprofit Supporter Profiles

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Donors, volunteers, partners, and sponsors are considered the “life blood” of nonprofit organizations and foundations. Therefore each individual relationship, interaction, and correspondence with these supporters is vital to a nonprofit’s overall sustainability.

The Value of Company-Supported Nonprofit Board Service for Nonprofits and Communities

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The findings show that this form of high level, high impact volunteering is an effective pathway for companies to achieve their goals in advancing diversity and inclusion, and developing human capital for innovation, in addition to fostering economic development and achieving the U.N.

How to Broadcast Your Impact with Facebook Live

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In short, nonprofits can now more deeply connect donors to moments of impact—immediately as they happen! Use Facebook Live to support and enhance your current strategy. Fold Facebook Live into your strategy by asking these questions: Where and when does impact happen?

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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Leading the Resistance: 28 Organizations You Can (and Should) Support Today

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There's a long fight ahead, but for issues that stir you, one simple, positive thing you can do today is give - your time, money, voice, or attention - because so many organizations need your urgent support. No matter how much you give or to whom, the important thing is to support those organizations whose tireless work is striving for a world you want to live in. Tyler Clementi Foundation. The last few days have been equal parts terrifying, challenging, and complicated.

Econ 201: Macro Influences Impacting Micro Fundraising

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The donorCentrics team within Target Analytics recently studied findings from the Giving USA Foundation, publisher of Giving USA reports, and key economic indicators to review which external factors have the highest correlation to, and may help predict, charitable giving. Tax policy, and its impact on charitable deductions. Interest rates, and their impact on saving vs. spending. Unemployment rates, and their impact on donor numbers.

Lean Impact Series: 10 Changemakers Using Lean Startup Methods For Greater Social Impact

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Note from Beth: Last week during the Google Hangout hosted by the Packard Foundation , someone asked me “What’s Next?” The ideas and techniques in Lean Start Up movement also work for nonprofits and what some are calling “ Lean Impact.”

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How to Define, Measure and Communicate Your Impact

NonProfit Hub

It’s hard to ramp up the good work you do if you don’t know how to concretely define, measure and communicate your impact to supporters. It’s important to learn how to share your efforts with the world, and even more important that you know just how big of an impact you’re making on the issue you’re trying to solve. Defining impact. Impact,” by definition, is the action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another. Measuring impact.

Tech Impact Receives $200,000 Grant

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Tech Impact’s Anthony Pisapia on left, and Patrick Calihan on right. And now, with the help of Bank of America’s Charitable Foundation’s. Tech Impact is a world-wide provider of hands on tech services and support to nonprofit organizations since 2003.

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4 Steps to Implementing Your Social Change Strategy: A Case Study with SEFCU

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Since 2008, SEFCU’s Community Support Program has helped more than seven million people within its branch footprint – which includes upstate New York’s Capital Region, Binghamton, Syracuse and Buffalo areas – through funding vital nonprofit organizations.

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. And now they are up to something again: MMT is looking for a million dollar idea to support! Meyer Memorial Trust is the largest private foundation in Oregon, established from Fred G. We’ve set a goal to make MMT a national model of a regional foundation,” Stamm said.

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Community-Driven Social Impact: Presentation, Case Studies, and Workshop

Amy Sample Ward

I had a really wonderful time, and the Community-Driven Social Impact session was terrific! Let’s start at the beginning: what is “community-driven social impact” anyway? It also requires capacity/staff to make connections and support the community. What’s the foundation of CDSI?

Grassroots Campaigning: How to Use Online Channels to Build Offline Support

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According to research by the Congressional Management Foundation, nearly half of congressional staff believe that “most advocacy campaigns of identical form messages are sent without the constituent’s knowledge or approval.”. How to Use Online Channels to Build Offline Support.

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? . I thought about this and realized I haven’t seen many people talking about using #GivingTuesday as an opportunity to not only generate donations, but also to acquire, retain, and engage supporters for future giving.

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SocialCoding4Good: Mobilizing Technology and Volunteerism for Transformative Impact

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With a seed grant from the Knight Foundation, we set out to find the answers to these questions. While working alongside corporate social responsibility and innovation teams was part of our initial long-term vision, the immediate interest and active participation from the likes of Cisco, Google, HP, ThoughtWorks, and VMware has been tremendous, with very real impact.

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