Expert Q & A: What can someone working at a corporation in an area unrelated to corporate philanthropy do to orient himself or herself when joining the corporate citizenship team?

FavoriteBy: Ann Cramer, senior consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates 1.   Get a basic orientation of your own corporate culture, values, and direction – corporate philanthropy and citizenship today is a lot different than employee engagement (volunteerism) with “tee shirts and balloons,” or even community relations and contributions.  Use local corporate donor groups as well as the Council on Foundations and United Philanthropy Forum affiliates to learn with and from colleagues. 2.  Read some of the really key/basic works.  For example: The work of Michael Porter, Mark Kramer, John Kania on  foundation strategy, collective impact, shared value; and Monitor Institute by Deloitte’s work on alignment of corporate Read more

Expert Q & A: How can grantmakers best read and analyze nonprofit financial statements?

FavoriteBy: Chad Gorski, Senior Internal Auditor at Howard Hughes Medical Institute Understand the goal of the statement analysis and consider the risk assessment needs of your organization: What part of the required due diligence process does it fulfill? How much risk is acceptable? What red flags will impact decision-making? Is a ground-up analysis necessary or can third party info be used? See Project Streamline’s guide on Grant Budgets and Financial Reports, which helps grantmakers think through what information is really needed to make a grant. The Due Diligence Done Well guide from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations is also very useful. Understand the accounting Read more

Expert Q & A: What can someone new to grantmaking, but joining a foundation in mid-career, do to accelerate his or her learning curve in this new field?

FavoriteBy: Judy Mohraz, trustee, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, updated in 2018 by LearnPhilanthropy 1.   Start by getting a handle on the soul of philanthropy, as well as the work of philanthropy. Read the key works, for example: Mark Constantine’s Wit and Wisdom: Unleashing the Philanthropic Imagination; Joel Fleishman’s book, The Foundation:  A Great American Secret; Harvard Business Review articles on shared value and strategy written by Mark Kramer, Michael Porter, and others. 2.  Get some exposure, if you don’t already have it (and if you do, don’t let it lapse…) to non-profits and the pressure they live under every day.  Know the basic mechanics of Read more

Issue Lab

Favorite IssueLab: A searchable collection of approximately 30,000 evaluations/reports/white papers, along with our Open For Good GrantCraft Guide, which walks funders through the steps for openly sharing what is learned by foundation knowledge/evaluations.

Glass Pockets

Favorite GlassPockets: A website designed to champion greater philanthropic transparency. Tools include a self-assessment to improve the transparency of foundation websites, and a related GrantCraft guide to walk funders through a step-by-step process to transparency.

Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2019: Data to Drive Decisions

FavoriteThe Center for Disaster Philanthropy is proud to partner with Candid (formerly Foundation Center and GuideStar), the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, to present this interactive dashboard, which provides an analysis of disaster-related funding by foundations, governments, corporations, and individuals. The data presented here illuminate funding trends, expose imbalances in where and when contributions are made, and can help donors make more strategic decisions about their investments in the full life cycle of disasters, including preparedness and recovery efforts. Key findings for 2017 funding reveal: $504 million in funding by foundations and public charities for disasters and humanitarian Read more

Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy: Data Tool

FavoriteFoundation Funding for U.S. Democracy is a data visualization platform featuring tens of thousands of grants, available to anyone interested in understanding philanthropy’s role in U.S. democracy. Candid, in partnership with eight foundations, developed the Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy data visualization platform that captures the myriad democracy-related activities that foundations have supported from 2011 to present. Specifically designed for funders, nonprofits, journalists, and anyone interested in understanding philanthropy’s role in U.S. democracy, it can be used to scan the funding landscape, analyze funder and nonprofit networks, increase knowledge about democracy funding, and more. About the Data The data that Read more