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Principled Philanthropy

As part of the Minnesota Council on Foundations continuing efforts to help foundations maintain and improve the effectiveness of their work, MCF has prepared several comprehensive resources to help foundations conduct their work legally and ethically. Principles for Grantmakers & Practice Options for Philanthropic Organizations What Every Grantmaker Should Know & Frequently Asked Legal Questions





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The Truth About Site Visits

Site visits are a single but critical step in most agencies’ attempts to secure funding and implement programming. As with every step in that process “from grantwriting to hiring employees” preparation and planning are key to improving an agency’s chances for success in obtaining a grant. Most funders say there’s nothing in particular a nonprofit can do to guarantee that a site visit results in funding “” the people doing the site visit often only make recommendations about particular programs, while others decide who ultimately receives funding. But grantmaking employees interviewed for this article offered several rules of thumb for Read more









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Disaster Giving

Disaster philanthropy is the term used when a foundation responds to a natural disaster, man-made emergency or complex humanitarian crisis with grantmaking or fund raising. Ever since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, leaders in the philanthropic community have become more aware of the importance of this approach to giving. What follows are the stories of three Minnesota organizations that’ve made the foray into disaster philanthropy. What have they learned from their experiences? And how can this approach help every foundation do a better job of delivering on its core mission?