Judy Cleveland, CFO
Finding Inspiration and Purpose on a Local Foundation Board
This past March the BACF invited me to serve on their grants committee. Little did I realize how rewarding ...
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Engage Your Community Foundation in Youth Philanthropy
Is your foundation actively involved in youth philanthropy? If not, you're missing out on an important aspect of donor stewardship and community development.
FIMS Conversion: Training and Go-Live
Migrating to CommunitySuite from FIMS is a straightforward process. Here is our process in an easy to read format
FIMS Conversion: Data Assessment Process
The Data Assessment stage is where we prove it. This process is to confirm we can move data between systems without any errors. This type of confidence can allow you and your team to focus on the trai
Supporting Capacity: 6 Tips to Elevate Your Grant Funded Partners
While serving as a grantmaker gives wonderful perspective and insight for when sitting on the grantseeking side of the table, it also gives me unique perspective and ideas on ways grantmakers could...
The (right) picture is worth 1,000 words
Data Visualization is a broad topic and a buzzword that can mean a lot of things. . . and can often be misconstrued or misunderstood. If you want even better retention, consider data visualization
From Chaos to Client Success: A Grant Manager Story
Community foundations are established to serve the people in their geographic region, but many don’t have competitive grant processes for local nonprofits. And the community foundations that do may h
Data Security, Foundant, and You
During this on-demand webinar, you'll learn some common security frameworks, how to assess your needs as an organization, and how to create action items you can take away and implement immediately.
[Guest Post] Evaluating Your Fundraising Grants Management Program
The many factors that affect grant writing success are incredibly diverse. They include such things as the reputation and professionalism of the organization; the quality of the program or evaluation.
Problem Solver, NOT Nuisance: Reframing the Fundraising Stigma
I have never heard anyone say, “when I grow up, I want to be a fundraiser.” For most development professionals, pursuing a career in asking for money is. . .
Using ROI to Spell Out the Importance of Stewardship
Stewardship is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to our care. I cannot think of a better definition that speaks to the core of our duty as grant professionals.
The Lifecycle of Disaster Philanthropy
Community foundations are often looked to in times of crisis. Before you’re faced with the unknown, it’s important to consider the role you wish to play, and understand your actions will be long term.
Unintended Consequences: The Hidden Impact of Impact and Outcomes
If we’re not intentional and thoughtful about how and (maybe more importantly) why we’re tracking this information, we can fall into a "data trap."
CommunitySuite Implementation: A Project Management Adventure
There is something rewarding about creating and completing projects. This especially holds true when it comes to making sure our clients’ implementation and onboarding runs smoothly and on-time.
On Philanthropy: Looking Ahead
What does the future of philanthropy hold for the industry? What trends will we see, how will we find new ways to do good? Find out in this resource from Foundant Technologies.
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. . .
The Unrealized Power of the Student Essay
In this article we are going to talk a bit about why students struggle with the essay, how we can use instructions to elicit more thoughtful responses, and how the stories told in student essays. . .
Measuring Impacts and Outcomes
In this on-demand webinar, learn the strategies funders use to create impact, determine where you fit it in the process, and take steps to ensure your organization is measuring results effectively.
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.
Orcas Island Community Foundation