Top Learning Frameworks for Grantmakers

FavoriteBy: Dara Major, Principal, Dara Major Philanthropy Consulting The specific learning needs of grantmakers can vary widely – depending on mission, goals, structure and context and, ultimately, individual roles and competencies. We’ve scanned the sector for existing, high-quality learning frameworks that illustrate a range of perspectives on roles and competencies in a variety of operating contexts, with the understanding that most grantmakers work within multiple frameworks. The examples below include a mix of knowledge (what grantmakers should know) and competencies (what grantmakers should be expected to do) – and are useful whether you are an individual program officer new to your Read more





Reckoning, Repair, and Change

FavoriteAs corporate leaders pledge their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, they need a way to fulfill their promises. Designed for CEOs and corporate executives, this primer offers practical tools and examples to help companies transform pledges into action. Though the report was written for corporate executives, we believe the insights apply equally to foundations, corporations, and any organizations seeking to put equity at the center of their work. Business leaders face a growing pressure to address societal issues as part of core business practices. To maximize success, we recommend that they pursue 3 actions: 1. Understand history and the Read more





Rebranding a Membership Organization: Tips and Advice From a Leader

FavoriteThis year, after nearly 40 years, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, renamed itself the Maryland Philanthropy Network.The mission is the same, but the new name reflects the now statewide membership and their work helping to shape policies that affect communities across Maryland. Before embarking on rebranding, challenge assumptions and ask questions such as: How has our membership and geographic representation changed over time? How has our role changed over time? Do our current members understand the breadth of our membership and our work? Does our current name and brand reflect who we are today? Will our current name and Read more





Top Philanthropy Job Boards

FavoriteNonprofit and Philanthropy Job Boards Associated Grant Makers Bridgespan Chronicle of Philanthropy The Communications Network Common Good Careers Council on Foundations Emerging Practitioners In Philanthropy (EPIP) Idealist National Council of Nonprofits Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group The Nonprofit Times Career Center Opportunity Knocks Philanthropy Journal Philanthropy News Digest Professionals for Nonprofits United Philanthropy Forum Regional Job Boards Colorado Association of Funders Connecticut Council for Philanthropy Council of Michigan Foundations Maryland Philanthropy Network Northern California Grantmakers Philanthropy New York Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropy Ohio





Open for Good: Knowledge Sharing to Strengthen Grantmaking

Favorite The guide lays out the benefits of knowledge sharing in philanthropy for both the receivers and sharers of knowledge. It also explores barriers that get in the way of foundations sharing knowledge and strategies to overcome those barriers. Sprinkled throughout are ideas to borrow from grantmakers (shared knowledge!) and practical examples of how foundations of all sizes and types are experimenting with new ways to share insights. Finally, this guide will help grantmakers understand where they fit within philanthropy’s knowledge sharing landscape and encourage advancing their organizational capacities and practices.