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

Top Readings and Resources on Learning From Failure

FavoriteOver the past several years, there has been discussion in the world of philanthropy about failure. Here is a collection of ideas about failure – whether you learn more from it than success, how you learn from it, how organizations look at it, and the importance of failure in achieving eventual success. These different viewpoints on failure and learning come from both the field of philanthropy and from other sectors. Following Up on Failure – from The Chronicle of Philanthropy regarding learning from failure Failing Forward – posted on both Lucy Bernholz’s Philanthropy 2173 and Alliance Magazine’s blog Exploring Failure – Stanford Social Innovation Review Embracing Failure at Read more

Top Philanthropy Job Boards

FavoriteNonprofit and Philanthropy Job Boards Bridgespan Chronicle of Philanthropy The Communications Network 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 Massachusetts Philanthropy New York Philanthropy Northwest Philanthropy Ohio

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

Top Blogs for Grantmakers

FavoriteLearnPhilanthropy staff collected blogs about philanthropy that can enhance your learning. Top 40 Philanthropy Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2018 — selected by Feedspot because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information. White Courtesy Telephone’s posts include news, opinions, and commentary from inside the third sector. Philantopic is a blog of Opinion and Commentary from The Philanthropy News Digest Lucy Bernholz’s blog Philanthropy 2173: The Business of Giving shares her opinions about the long-term vision of philanthropy. The Center for Effective Philanthropy Blog offers better data, better decisions, better philanthropy. Philanthropy411 Kris Putnam-Walkerly Read more

Top 5 Starting Places for Family Foundations and Donors

FavoriteBy: Michael Moody, Frey Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy These five resources in the LearnPhilanthropy Knowledge Library are ideal starting places for grantmakers involved in family giving in some way – as a trustee or staff of a family foundation or a donor-advised fund, as an individual donor, as a consultant or family advisor, etc. This list also points to some of the primary infrastructure organizations serving family grantmakers, and each source has multiple other resources for family donors who want to dig further. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors: Your Philanthropy Roadmap – The “Philanthropy Read more

TEDx and TED Talks About Learning

FavoriteBy: Megan Murphy, former project manager at LearnPhilanthropy  Here at LearnPhilanthropy, we are interested in how you learn as much as providing resources to help you learn. We believe it is important to think about our own learning styles. Having information on different styles and techniques can help us overcome frustration and be more intentional about focusing effort toward learning. Below are some of our favorite TEDx and TED Talks about learning how to learn. Learning How to Learn: Barbara Oakley talks about learning how to use focused energy to learn something new with the Pomodoro Technique. Learning to be Read more

Equity in the Philanthropic Sector

FavoriteBy Emily Brenner, student assistant, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy Here at LearnPhilanthropy, we provide a platform for sharing tools, knowledge, and guidance from the field for grantmaker learning. As the philanthropic sector has begun to more deeply understand the pervasive and systemic inequities in our society, more foundations and philanthropy serving organizations are bringing an equity lens to their work. Many foundations are focusing on how well their own structure, governance, and staffing contribute to equitable outcomes. Others are rethinking their grantmaking strategies from the perspective of reducing disparities within our society. This post highlights some of the ways Read more