A Foundation’s Theory of Philanthropy: What It Is, What It Provides, How to Do It

This article argues that philanthropic endeavors should be undergirded by a theory of philanthropy. The theory-of-philanthropy approach is designed to help foundations align their strategies, governance, operating and accountability procedures, and grantmaking profile and policies with their resources and mission.      

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Five Ways To Position Your New Foundation For Success

This blog post is for foundations that are new or transitioning. It asks five important questions that can be used to help decide which course of action your foundation will take. These include: Is a foundation the best charitable-giving vehicle for us? What do we want to accomplish? How will we continue to learn? Who do we need in our network? How will we invest in our own success?

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Give Smart — Philanthropy That Gets Results

Getting serious about philanthropy is like embarking on a voyage. But the journey can also quickly become overwhelming; the social and environmental needs are so great that it can be hard to know where to start! To help, we’ve created a wide range of resources to inform and inspire. Explore the sections to learn more about how to get started in your philanthropy and to keep improving as you go.

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The Complete Guide to Grantmaking Basics: A Field Guide for Funders

The Complete Guide to Grantmaking Basics brings together and updates the information, guidance, and tips found in Grantmaking Basics I and II with more essential tools for grantmakers. This book is a practical guide to honing your grantmaking effectiveness and adapting to the changing nonprofit world. It tells you how to evaluate your results and how to educate new board members. You will also have a step-by-step guide to setting a path to success by aligning mission, vision, goals, and strategy.

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The Foundation Guidebook

Updated for 2016. Gain the baseline knowledge to operate your foundation smoothly and effectively. Chapter 1: Designed with Purpose: Mission Chapter 2: Architects of the Plan: Board of Directors Chapter 3: Building to Code: Tax and Legal Issues Chapter 4: Laying the Groundwork: Investments Chapter 5: Putting the Structure in Place: Administration Chapter 6: Putting Out the Welcome Mat: Grantmaking Foundation members receive one complimentary copy upon joining Exponent Philanthropy. Join today!

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Why Practices Matter

This page includes two publications, “Practices That Matter” and “Making More Time for Mission,” these will help you to form effective and efficient practices to ensure that you direct the maximum amount of resources to mission—both yours and your grantees’.

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