Crucial Donors: How Major Individual Givers Can Best Support Nonprofits

FavoriteThe report, titled Crucial Donors: How Major Individual Givers Can Best Support Nonprofits, distills insights from nearly 200 nonprofit leaders from CEP’s Grantee Voice panel to learn what types of support nonprofits already receive from major donors, what major donors can do to support nonprofits better, and how nonprofits’ relationships with major donors differ from their relationships with staffed foundations. This resource also includes questions to guide major donors in deciding what kind(s) of support to provide to nonprofits. What did we learn from these nonprofit leaders? Crucial Donors identifies three key findings regarding the ways in which major donors Read more

GM101 Online Introduction to Grants Management

Favorite GM101 Online provides a basic overview of the grants management role, and the scope of the grantmaking process, in funder organizations. This online version of the popular full-day workshop allows you to learn at your own pace and at your convenience. Learn more about the features of GM101 Online | Read the FAQ Questions about GM101? Contact the Programs Department.Prefer classroom learning? Look for the full-day GM101 workshop that’s offered in conjunction with our annual conference in March in Seattle.

Evaluation and Impact Investing: A Three-Part Webinar Series

FavoriteThe Johnson Center has teamed up with the American Evaluation Association, the Council of Michigan Foundations, and the Mission Investors Exchange to offer a FREE three-part webinar series! Designed to engage evaluators and impact investors on the opportunities for using evaluative thinking in social finance and impact investing, the series will focus on the three program phases — planning, implementation, and recalibration — and how evaluators can use their skills in each phase. Sept. 26, Oct. 10, and Oct. 30. Register

Social Compact In A Changing World How philanthropies are grappling with growing scrutiny and critique

FavoriteThis paper is an expansion of a concept introduced in The Philanthropy Framework, a publication of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Theory of the Foundation® initiative, which seeks to enhance the capacity of philanthropies to effectively align their resources for the impact they envision. The Philanthropy Framework is a tool for analyzing how a philanthropy makes decisions, interacts with others and the broader society, and utilizes its capabilities and resources. The Framework is comprised of three elements: • Charter, the organization’s scope, form of governance and decision-making protocol. • Social compact, its implicit or explicit agreement with society about the value it Read more

Learning from Peers: A Collection Of Impact Investing Strategies

FavoriteWhat tools might help foundations further their mission — beyond grants? And, vice versa, how can a foundation’s full range of existing financial tools and assets, including the endowment, come into greater alignment with mission and values? As foundations begin to ask and answer these questions for themselves, a vast array of strategies unfold, with no single path for progress. For example, while some earmark specific pools of capital for below- or at-market impact investments, others have re-designed their entire portfolio of assets as values-aligned investments— including their endowment. Below, we share examples of strategies by foundations that have specifically dedicated time to develop and Read more

Investing in Native Communities: Philanthropic Funding for Native American Communities and Causes

FavoriteFrom 2002 to 2016, large U.S. foundations gave, on average, 0.4 percent of total annual funding to Native American communities and causes, although the Alaska Native and American Indian population represents 2 percent of the total U.S. population. This forthcoming report provides the latest data on foundation funding for Native Americans, alongside important historical context that has contributed to the unique experiences and challenges Native Americans face today. The report also consolidates advice and feedback from philanthropic and Native leaders, who reflect on successful work and practices in partnering with Native organizations and communities.

Top Resources for Philanthropists with Few or No Staff

FavoriteBy: Exponent Philanthropy  Across the country, tens of thousands of foundations, giving circle members, donor advised fund holders, and individual donors are intentionally keeping their operations lean and their ears to the ground. These lean funders seek to nimbly maneuver their dollars, skills, and influence to achieve the most good. At Exponent Philanthropy, we’re dedicated to serving funders who choose to give big with few or no staff. We’re pleased to share the following top resources from our shop and trusted colleague organizations. Get up to speed If you are new to philanthropy or in need of a refresher, turn Read more