Foundant Blog

Foundant Technologies' Blog on Philanthropy and Technology

  • 5 Reasons to Love Writing Reports

    5 Reasons to Love Writing Reports

    Writing reports to funders is an opportunity to say something meaningful. Take the time to cultivate a stronger relationship with your funder and lay the groundwork for future funding requests.

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  • Supporting Youth and Next-gen Philanthropy: How to Get Started

    Supporting Youth and Next-gen Philanthropy: How to Get Started

    Bringing the next generation into the fold is a natural progression for many family philanthropies. Hear from Jen Crino of NCFP on engaging the next-gen and next steps as you work to involve youth.

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  • 4 Ways Software Enables Agile Philanthropy

    4 Ways Software Enables Agile Philanthropy

    Software enables you to do more with less. Removing the burden of "perfection" is a sure way to boost morale and allow your staff to focus on human connections and the work that fires them up.

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  • Agile Philanthropy and the Pillars of SAFe

    Agile Philanthropy and the Pillars of SAFe

    An agile mindset can be applied to any organization, team, or set of processes. Perhaps most fitting is the idea of Agile Philanthropy. Read on to learn about the 4 pillars of SAFe.

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  • Trust and Transparency Through an Agile Mindset: Part 3

    Trust and Transparency Through an Agile Mindset: Part 3

    In agility, the priority is “Respect for People and Culture,” which aligns with Foundant’s core values. In order to respect people and culture when a new initiative is defined a pivot is needed.

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  • Nonprofit Expansion: 6 Signs You’re Financially Ready

    Nonprofit Expansion: 6 Signs You’re Financially Ready

    Many nonprofits have the goal of expansion. But how do you know if your nonprofit is ready? These 6 financial indicators will help you craft an expansion plan.

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  • 7 Fundraising Strategies for Up-and-Coming Organizations

    7 Fundraising Strategies for Up-and-Coming Organizations

    Fundraising can be difficult to get started with, especially as a new nonprofit organization. Check out these key strategies for boosting your startup funding!

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  • Community Engagement Boosts Grant Success?

    Community Engagement Boosts Grant Success?

    Hyper-involved nonprofits understand the challenges and hopes of the community. If your nonprofit needs more robust local connections, here are a few thoughts to consider.

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  • Full-Cost Funding Progress at a Glacial Pace

    Full-Cost Funding Progress at a Glacial Pace

    Full-cost funding argues that by failing to cover indirect costs in grant-funded programs, grantmakers weaken the infrastructure of nonprofits and erode their capacity to fulfill their mission.

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  • Trust and Transparency Through an Agile Mindset: Part 2

    Trust and Transparency Through an Agile Mindset: Part 2

    Dive into using the Agile Mindset to know when you need to pivot, and Foundant’s experience shifting gears in the midst of COVID-19.

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  • Do Your Part to Support Full-Cost Funding

    Do Your Part to Support Full-Cost Funding

    If your nonprofit doesn’t have a handle on indirect costs, now is the time to get organized. You must understand your organization’s indirect costs, in order to calculate full-cost program budgets.

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  • Trust and Transparency Through an Agile Mindset: Part 1

    Trust and Transparency Through an Agile Mindset: Part 1

    Agility is important for philanthropic organizations when things are constant and it’s business as usual, it's essential when the plan must change as it has for so many organizations through COVID-19.

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  • All We Want is a Little Respect!

    All We Want is a Little Respect!

    In the field of fund development, grants don’t get a lot of respect.

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  • Tackling the Nonprofit Conundrum

    Tackling the Nonprofit Conundrum

    The strain of inadequate, insecure funding is exhausting and often sends nonprofits tilting at every windmill that might throw out a grant dollar.

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  • Who'll Read Your Grant Proposal?

    Who'll Read Your Grant Proposal?

    With such a huge range of possible readers, your grant proposal needs to communicate well to a diverse audience. Consider these types of readers:

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  • Recommendations to Grantmakers (and Grantseekers) on COVID-19 Response

    Recommendations to Grantmakers (and Grantseekers) on COVID-19 Response

    As grantmakers and grantseekers navigate the upcoming challenges together, there are things that both sides of the funding equation can do to foster stronger funding partnerships.

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  • 12 Ways to Give While Social Distancing: A Philanthropy Kit for Kids and Families During COVID-19

    12 Ways to Give While Social Distancing: A Philanthropy Kit for Kids and Families During COVID-19

    As you look for ways to keep children engaged and hopeful at home, you may wonder how to use this time as a teaching moment—one in which you can share your values of generosity and gratitude.

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  • Navigating Uncertain Times: How Funders Can Support their Grantees

    Navigating Uncertain Times: How Funders Can Support their Grantees

    If you're a funder wondering how to can best support grantees and communities, start by asking grantees three questions. We see emergency grants as a way to start a conversation with grantees.

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  • Finding New Grants During Crisis: Tips for First-Time Grant Seekers

    Finding New Grants During Crisis: Tips for First-Time Grant Seekers

    If you don't have active grant funders to call upon, you still need an emergency course of action. Follow these immediate steps to put your organization in a position to begin getting grants.

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  • 3 Reasons Why 2020 is THE Year to Apply for Grant Funding

    3 Reasons Why 2020 is THE Year to Apply for Grant Funding

    Despite the economy in turmoil, there is ONE thing every nonprofit professional should do in 2020: get started or increase their efforts to find and obtain grant funding.

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