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
FavoriteRisk is the likelihood that an event will occur that will cause an undesirable effect. Risk management refers to steps taken to try to prevent that event from happening or from causing damage. Perception of risk is relative and subjective. It lives in the eye of the beholder. As a process that is used to protect what you care about, in the philanthropic sector, risk management traditionally focuses on protecting assets and reputation. One thing it has traditionally not been used for is a deliberate process to protect impact. Because ‘risk management’ doesn’t mean one thing, it is important to Read more
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
FavoriteThe 2018 Foundation Source Annual Report on Private Foundations is now available. The report tracks the grantmaking and investment behaviors of foundations with assets of less than $50 million, comparing 2017 activity with 2016. Check it out here: https://lnkd.in/d7TM7VE
FavoriteThe 2018 Foundation Operations and Management Report is based on the 17th operations and management survey of members of Exponent Philanthropy that was fielded in summer 2017. The 2018 edition of our flagship report includes mission-critical statistics about member foundations’ boards and governance, investments, administration, and grantmaking. It also includes the latest benchmarking data on salary and benefits.
FavoriteThe only nationally recognized certification program for nonprofit accounting professionals, CNAP earns high accolades from graduates for its comprehensive curriculum. CNAP offers those on the nonprofit financial management and accounting front line comprehensive training on every component of nonprofit financial management. CNAP topics address issues like: • Financial Reporting • Internal Controls • Budget Development • Governance • IRS Form 990 FMA offers a special discount of $100 off the cost of both the in-person and online CNAP programs to individuals with a LearnPhilanthropy account — use the code LP2020.
FavoriteThis webinar explores how justice, power, and finance can work together to contribute to meaningful social change, and includes a grounding in “Investment 101” to help us all have the same language.
FavoriteThis report illustrates the ways in which limited life foundations approach spending down in nine key areas, including investing, grantmaking and strategy, and communications. The results show that most leaders of limited life foundations choose to spend down because of the belief that it will lead to greater impact. And though these foundations’ leaders wrestle with a similar set of issues in their work, the interviews revealed that there is no one way to spend down.
FavoriteIn the first Alliance Audio series, editor Charles Keidan hosts a roundtable discussion with Angela Kail (Head of the Funder Team, New Philanthropy Capital), Cathy Pharoah (Co-Director of the Centre for Giving and Philanthropy, Cass Business School, City University London), and Jake Hayman (CEO of Ten Years’ Time) on the topic of philanthropy sector payouts. Following on from their pieces in Alliance over the last few months, these philanthropy experts and practitioners discuss the controversial topic of payouts; why they should be imposed, why they should not be imposed, and what they might mean for the sector as it stands at the Read more
FavoriteOrganized philanthropy exists because a few individuals are able to accumulate a vast surplus of resources. Given how much good is done with philanthropic donations, it seems ungrateful to look too closely at the source of that money. Yet recent financial data leaks, including the Panama Papers and the earlier HSBC Swiss Files, act like glasses for the myopic—they bring into focus one of the wealth management practices that enables private individuals to hold on to resources. Moreover, a number of named individuals are well-known philanthropic donors. With these revelations, the sector should look hard at the uncomfortable ways in Read more
FavoriteWhy is it that private foundations spend so little of their endowment on mission investing? Is there an opportunity to make it bigger? In this paper you will find an explanation of the barriers to mission investing, also known as Program Related Investment and Mission Related Investment, and a concluding hypothesis about what it will take to help remove the barriers.
Author: Center for High Impact Philanthropy, University of Pennsylvania
FavoriteThis actionable guide to impact investing will help those new to the field get started. It includes definitions, key questions to consider, resources, and case examples from small foundations across asset classes and issue areas.
FavoriteThis 2015 brief covers a conference discussion on whether grantmaking might productively be made more countercyclical and examines changes in foundation grantmaking between 1997 and 2010, largely based on National Center for Charitable Statistics data.
FavoriteThis free (and fun) video course defines and helps the user understand the basic legal rules for program-related investments. The video guides the user through the PRI process, and discusses how these investments can support the organization’s programmatic work and/or expand the organization’s charitable work. The training features “Maya,” a program officer that helps participants through the course in a way that reflects actual experiences.
FavoriteThis monograph, “Giving While Living: The Beldon Fund Spend-Out Story” PDF, examines how Beldon handled the practical implications of putting the foundation on a ten-year spend-out course while seeking to accomplish an ambitious mission. Though it draws on historical materials – reports, strategy papers, financial models, written policies and external evaluations – the context and insights come from interviews with key staff members, grantees, John Hunting, and board members. Available for download at FOLIO, a project of the Foundation Center and the IUPUI University Library’s Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, https://folio.iupui.edu/handle/10244/357
FavoriteAcross rural America, people are joining together to launch and grow community endowments. Local residents are using the interest earned on these community endowments — and the local energy and leadership that come from building them — to improve the quality of life for people, organizations and the places they call home. This guide, Rural Fund Development 101, will help you understand the basics of community endowments and how to create one.