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.

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.


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Tips for Adopting a Trust-Based Philanthropy Approach


If you work in philanthropy, odds are that you have heard some buzz about trust-based philanthropy. In fact, 800 foundations signed a pledge to adopt more trust-based practices in order to move money more quickly and with fewer restrictions.

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The ongoing revolution in philanthropy: An open-ended reading list

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

Grant makers and nonprofit professionals are now talking openly about some very painful (and inter-related) issues in philanthropy, such as. The lack of inclusion and equity in philanthropy. Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better.

What If Philanthropy Were Fearless?

Social Velocity

I was talking with a foundation leader the other day who was bogged down with the trauma of the past year – or years, decades even – of blows to progressive social change. Problems that he and his single foundation are helpless to solve. But timid philanthropy certainly will not.

We must all think about sunsetting, not just foundations

Nonprofit AF

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

Philanthropy and policing


And philanthropic foundations can help fix it. Some 20 years ago, when working as vice president for peace and social justice at the Ford Foundation , I was approached by the Vera Institute of Justice about a global initiative focused on prosecuting the police.

Philanthropy Delivers New Promise of Quality Education for All

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This topic was center-stage at this year’s Global Philanthropy Forum. The Forum, which has been bringing philanthropists as well as political and social sector leaders from around the world to Silicon Valley since 2001, hosted the Presidents of two foundations: Robert Gallucci of the MacArthur Foundation and Reeta Roy of The MasterCard Foundation. This is where philanthropy comes in.

Presentation: Social Media & Philanthropy

Amy Sample Ward

This morning I had the great opportunity to present to the Next Generation Philanthropy course, a part of Institute for Philanthropy, here in London. Social Media & Philanthropy. Tags: presentation foundations philanthropy social by social social media It was a diverse set of participants and we probably could have talked all day had they not had a full day’s program to get through!

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. It’s essentially building a culture of philanthropy.

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.

Best Practices for Virtual Foundation Board Meetings

Connection Cafe

When there is need, philanthropy steps up. According to the latest report by Candid and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy , i n the first half of 2020 more than $11.9 Community foundations awarded more grants than any other grantmaker type (49 percent of total awards) .

Philanthropy and Social Media

Amy Sample Ward

Topic : Philanthropy and Social Media. Description : To launch the whitepaper, Philanthropy and Social Media, presented by The Institute for Philanthropy and The Indigo Trust, this panel discussed the impact of social media on philanthropy and giving from various perspectives. Related Links : The Institute for Philanthropy. presentation Presentations from 2012 giving philanthropy social mediaDate : January 17, 2012, 6 pm EST. Location : New York, NY.

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

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. So much attention in philanthropy has been devoted to nonprofit accountability, like the work of Charity Navigator ; it looks like the time has come for funders to be more open about how they’re doing grantmaking. Which Foundations Have Adopted Transparency?

Philanthropy Cloud Adds New Volunteer Management Capabilities for National Volunteer Week

Saleforce Nonprofit

In 2008, the Points of Light Foundation and the Salesforce Foundation conceived HandsOn Connect — a native Salesforce application designed specifically to make volunteering easier for employees and nonprofits — in a series of whiteboard sessions in San Francisco.

Exploring Disaster Philanthropy: Part 2

Connection Cafe

The largest theme that is constant in disaster philanthropy is partnership. Corporations, independent and family foundations, and public charities may identify different areas of partnership, but it is apparent from past and current disaster giving that it is essential to work with others to distribute the immediate help that is needed as well as providing long-term relief. New challenges quickly arise, and foundations need to be flexible to address these needs.

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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4 Characteristics of High Impact Philanthropy

Connection Cafe

High impact philanthropy. So how do you prepare yourself and organization for higher impact philanthropy? Cynthia Schaal, Chief Program Officer at Exponent Philanthropy, consults with many social good organizations on just how exactly to do this. Companies Foundations Nonprofit Outcomes + Impact community engagement grantmaking strategy high impact philanthropyIt sounds nice, like the right goal for every funder looking to make a serious difference.

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. In philanthropy, one way you see leadership is in someone’s response to a problem or issue – instead of saying, “Who will fix this?” That goes for philanthropy, too.

Trends in Healthcare Philanthropy Reveal the Need to Focus on Donor Retention


2020 brought an inflection point in history that is providing an exponential opportunity for healthcare philanthropy. The post Trends in Healthcare Philanthropy Reveal the Need to Focus on Donor Retention first appeared on npENGAGE.

How to Future-Proof Your Foundation’s Grants Management System – Part 2

Connection Cafe

It goes to show that nothing stays the same for very long – even philanthropy. Foundations grantmaking grantmaking strategy grants management philanthropyGrantmaking is undergoing an evolution.

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The Critical Role of Healthcare Philanthropy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Connection Cafe

The Foundation’s Role in the Crisis . The tradition continued during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic that saw countless hospitals bolstered by philanthropy. Many foundations have found themselves assisting their hospitals , nurses , and doctors in unique ways.

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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!

Elevating Community Impact Through Healthcare Philanthropy

Connection Cafe

As the organization shifts to a more community, value-based module, the foundation will need to shift as well. Community Collaborative Philanthropy. If not yet formed, opportunities for philanthropy alignment will soon follow to help fund these complex initiatives.

Got Grants? Finding Funding with the Foundation Center

Tech Soup Blog

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. The Foundation Center provides many tools, including an " Online Librarian ," print resources, and a website for finding foundation profiles, trends in grantmaking, and top foundations by geographic region.

Corporate Philanthropy: Adapting to a Changing World

NonProfit Hub

Thus, corporate philanthropy is on the rise. National corporations used to fill this need by having foundations that donate to nonprofits. In an effort to be more direct, they’re relying less on nonprofits and starting initiatives and campaigns through their own private foundations. . Why do corporations start their own foundations? One incentive for corporations to start their own foundations is that the funding comes entirely from their business revenue.

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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Embracing Next Generation Philanthropy


The One Percent Foundation (OPF) is engaging new donors in their 20s and 30s by giving them a platform and democratic process to pool 1% of their incomes for social change. Awesome Foundation supports smaller projects that often fly under the radar of traditional funders. Next gen philanthropy is exciting, but requires some careful thinking. Mileage will vary, as each group and platform in next gen philanthropy is unique.

Four Great Resources for Foundation Technology

Tech Soup Blog

Philanthropy is very much a two-sided coin. Foundations fund and coordinate mission-based work. TechSoup also has a new foundation resource area for software donations. Strangely, I find that one side of the philanthropy coin seems to get the lion’s share of attention — nonprofit technology. Ninety-eight percent of private foundations have less than $50 million in assets. Foundations need tech support as much as anyone.

Exploring Disaster Philanthropy: Part 1

Connection Cafe

Woodruff Foundation was the need to evaluate where the immediate response funding was going, and identify other areas where aid was needed and they could support. Other foundations in the aftermath of Katrina focused on funneling their support through organizations they had worked with in the past. However, a study done by the Center of Disaster Philanthropy in 2014 found that 73% of total disaster funding targeted immediate response and relief efforts.

Does Your Business Need a Custom Corporate Philanthropy Platform?

Givinga Blog

Corporate Philanthropy Drives Business Results. Corporate Citizenship reports that 73 percent of foundations in 20 countries link their giving strategies to parent companies’ business goals. Other companies are using more diverse types of corporate giving – such as employee matching gift programs, volunteer opportunities, and non-cash donation drives – to increase philanthropy and improve their ROI. Corporate Giving Corporate Philanthropy Technology Platform

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.

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. 2018 was a record-setting year for philanthropy – from the massive fundraising effort in June around reuniting families (setting a record on Facebook) to a 10% increase in average gift amount YOY for #GivingTuesday, as reported by Blackbaud. Learn more about how your outcomes strategy stacks up to other foundations.

Gratitude + Philanthropy = A Truly Inspired Grateful Patient Experience

Connection Cafe

We’ve been talking about having a “culture of philanthropy” in the not-for-profit world for a very long time. Download this worksheet to determine the culture of philanthropy at your organization. . May we have someone from our Foundation speak with you about those?

Recap: Twitter #GivingTuesdayMyths Chat Hosted by Salesforce Foundation

Beth Kanter

Yesterday Allison Fine and I participated in a chat hosted by the Salesforce Foundation and moderated by Emily Goodstein on the topic “GivingTuesday Myths.” Philanthropy” I have to say that the best thing shared was from Rob Cottingham who illustrated a key point about the importance of building relationship and engagement! Here are the myths we discussed. Here’s a transcript of our discussion captured in a Twitter Moment.

TechSoup and The Foundation Center Are Joining Forces

Tech Soup Blog

The Foundation Center and TechSoup Global have announced a new strategic alliance ! In the past, TechSoup and the Foundation Center have worked together to help identify potential funding sources that align with a nonprofit's or library's mission, shown how to connect an organization to grant makers , and taken you on a tour of GrantSpace — a website that features training resources related to grant funding and philanthropic resources. About the Foundation Center.

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.

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 .

Empowering Young Children through Philanthropy

Beth Kanter

One of them was Vincent Law who is doing interesting work with teaching young children about giving and philanthropy. We know that young people like Generation Z are future donors, so programs that help introduce philanthropy at a young age will a big pay off down the road. Empower Young Children through Philanthropy – guest blog post by Vincent Law, CEO and Founder at PhilanthroKids Academy. As you might know, the English word ‘Philanthropy’ has a Greek origin.

Exploring Disaster Philanthropy: Part 3 

Connection Cafe

Like other areas of disaster philanthropy we’ve explored, how you measure the outcomes of the contributions your organization has made greatly depends on the timing of such funding or donations. Many foundations hold relationships with local agencies, and could follow their example to set up a plan if disaster strikes. Foundations Disaster Philanthropy disaster response plan Outcomes MeasurementLet’s talk about impact. .

7 Things Foundations Might Not Know About TechSoup

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup has a lot to offer foundations, but the majority of foundations don't know it! Here are seven ways TechSoup is benefiting philanthropy. See what we can do for your foundation! Most TechSoup Products Are Now Open to Nonprofit Foundations. In 2012 , IT product donations started to open up to nonprofit foundations. By far the majority of the 90,000 public, private, and independent foundations in the U.S.

Philanthropy University Offers Amazing (Free!) Online Courses

Tech Soup Blog

There are seven free online courses available starting in mid-September by people like Paul Brest, former head of the Hewlett Foundation and a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. The courses are compliments of the nonprofit Philanthropy University , which is in turn a project of NovoEd , the massive open online course (MOOC) company, and the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. What You Can Learn at Philanthropy University.