Data Traps: Breaking Free
Dealing with data leaving you overwhelmed? Here is our list of common data traps and how you can break free of them.
Q&A: Tracking Impacts and Outcomes
Real-world #PhilanthropyExperience from your peers. What do impacts and outcomes mean to you? What has been your most successful way(s) to measure the impact of your grantmaking?
The Philanthropy Experience
A year ago we hatched an idea. Could we gather our community of grantmakers and grantseekers to leverage their collective experience, knowledge, and advice? We surveyed our community and…
Pitfalls in Grantmaking
|GUEST POST| It’s difficult to navigate all the grantmaking Do’s and Don’ts when trying to balance budgets, grantee relationships, & grant cycles. Take a tip from your peers and avoid these pitfalls
Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude: Why Giving Back is Our Culture
Workplaces that encompass a culture of appreciation, positive energy, and a sense of value give organizations purpose, direction, and a standard of behavior that motivates teams to aspire to greatness
Celebrating April with Time, Trees, and Treasures
To show our appreciation and joy for being able to work in this sector, we are giving time, trees, and treasure back to the philanthropic community!
Great Service Makes the World Go Round
Customer service shouldn’t be undervalued. The personal relationships built by providing exceptional service can become an integral part of any purchase decision.
Advice from Grantmakers: Building Blocks for Efficiency
Those working in the philanthropic community are consistently asked to do more with less. The pressures of limited resources and increasing need create. . .
A Formula for Achieving Impact
Achieving impact does not depend on whether your assets are small or large. What does matter is that you focus on subjects that are important to you, and that you care about.
Is Excel Costing You More Than You Realize
It’s tempting to use software for multiple purposes, thinking you’re being cost prudent; but forcing a tool to do more than it’s intended can cost you more than you think you’re saving.
Turning Obstacles into Opportunities: Practical ways funders and grantees can work together
Don't reinvent the wheel. Find small things that can be done now, and over time they will make a large impact. Just take it one step at a time.
Guide: Maximize Your Data Collection Efforts
Information overload is a risk as grantmakers & grantseekers navigate their roles as collectors, analyzers, or users of data. Finding out how others are doing it is key to setting your own strategy.
Mission Investing: Real Stories from Real Grantmakers
When considering other forms of investing, it pays to do your homework. Intermediary organizations can help pool & invest funds, which can save individual organizations a great deal of money.
Life Hacks for Grantmakers
You’re passionate about your mission, but it isn’t your whole life. Here’s some straightforward advice from our grantmaker friends on a holistic approach to a better life.
Education Foundations: Investing in Students
Think for a moment about the impact one… just one…mentor can have on the future of a student. What is your community doing to help at-risk youth? How can you become involved in being a mentor?
How One Community Foundation Quadrupled Their Activity without Increasing Staff
Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF) is located in a small, but very active community in the northwest corner of Washington State.
Supporting Your End Users
Organizations can benefit from listening to their end user’s experience. Your support doesn’t need to be complicated or overly detailed. Simple instructions and a willingness to help will do the trick
GuideStar for Grant Applications: The Next Big Thing in Grants Management
While the core of every grant application is a set of unique questions that each foundation or funder needs to know, much of the information before and after that is, in reality, quite duplicative.
Working with Multiple Funders
Two (or more) funders are better than one, right? They can be if together they provide the resources to ensure that a nonprofit can start and maintain a successful program. Flexibility is key.
Social Enterprise: Impact Investing & Social Missions
There’s been lots of buzz in recent years about impact investing – the idea that people can make money by investing in projects that do good.