Posts tagged to 'Creative grantmaking'

MDC Launches Passing Gear Philanthropy Institute to Reshape Southern Philanthropy

Posted by MDC on May 3, 2019

Family foundations have long been a philanthropic mainstay on the Southern landscape, making pathbreaking investments to advance a region that lags the nation in the overall level of foundation assets. Today, the South needs more and different philanthropy to close the gaps and open the possibilities of our region and its people.

Building an Economy for All: How Philanthropic Families Can Help

Posted by Kate McAdams and Cyrus Kharas on March 27, 2019

Providing equitable access to the capital entrepreneurs need to build their businesses is essential to creating a just society and to realizing our full economic potential. Unfortunately, a growing body of research shows that deeply embedded biases currently restrict access to capital for businesses led by women and people of color.

Funders - Take a Tip from Michelangelo

Posted by Elyse C. Pollick Byrnes on March 12, 2019

Evaluation. Learning. Collective Impact. Outcomes. Change. If you live in Foundation Land, chances are you’ve probably heard these words on more than one occasion, probably from your boss or your board (or both!). How does quantifying specific outcomes and indicators affect grantmaking?

The Next Five Years: Three Reasons We Must Adapt

Posted by Open Road Alliance on May 22, 2018

When is an organization no longer a ‘start-up’? Is it age, size, or some other acquired wisdom that moves it out of the ‘test and experiment’ stage into the ‘institutional’ one? When is it time for an organization to change or adapt? Do we revisit strategies every 3 or 5 years because they are ‘round numbers’? Or do we watch the world around us and continuously react? How do you know when to grow?

Grantee Inspired Giving: The Case for Unorthodox Philanthropy

Posted by Rachel Ogorek on February 12, 2018

NCFP’s 2015 Trends study found that more than 90% of respondents cited the “impact of their giving” as a top motivation for participation in family philanthropy. Clearly, funders want to know that the resources they provide are addressing the issues they support. However, accurately assessing the impact of your philanthropic capital can be difficult.

America Needs Big Ideas to Heal Our Divides: Here are Three

Posted by Robert Putnam and John Bridgeland on October 31, 2017

A wealth of studies shows links between civic health and economic and educational success, public health, safety from crime, and good government...Civic energy is going to have to come from the ground up to strengthen social cohesion, civic participation, and our ability to solve big challenges together.

Resolution & Transformation: Hate Has No Place in Our Work

Posted by Robins Foundation on October 4, 2017

At Robins Foundation, our board and staff aspires to connect equity with transformational change for children and families across our region. We are reflecting on opportunities in our own organization. This includes our governance, our management and our process of funding. This includes raising our awareness and deeper understanding of the past and its influence on dialogues locally and beyond.

How Can I Be 1% More?

Posted by June Wilson and Philanthropy Northwest on March 27, 2017

"I believe that Quixote Foundation’s reflective practices allowed us to hold multiple truths while engaging in internal and often uncomfortable racial equity training. Our ability to do this work at every level of the organization made a tremendous difference in our final year of grantmaking and grantee engagement."

Funding Community Innovation in Richmond, Virginia

Posted by Robert Dortch on March 23, 2017

We challenged the nonprofit community to think creatively and to take risks. We asked them to take a comprehensive, enduring approach — not a quick fix, but a long-term plan for effective and transformative change.

5 Things Funders Can Do to Address the Global Refugee Crisis

Posted by Regine A. Webster on January 19, 2017

As the world faces one of the largest refugee crises since World War II, understanding how to fund effective solutions has proven to be a difficult, complex task.

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