February 2013 Resources

12 Ways to Help Grantees Use Volunteers

By Jane Leighty Justis, The Leighty Foundation  In her previous posts on PhilanthroFiles, Exponent Philanthropy member Jane Leighty Justis made the case for investing in volunteer infrastructure and shared her foundation’s efforts to increase the capacity of its local nonprofits to use volunteers. Here she offers ideas for helping grantees to use volunteers more effectively. As small foundations,... Read More

Why Do We Call Ourselves Grantmakers?

By Janis Reischmann, Hau’oli Mau Loa Foundation I recently returned to a favorite publication of mine—Small Can Be Effective by Paul Ylvisaker, published first in 1989. I remember thinking it was thoughtful and relevant years ago, and I was particularly taken this time by the discussion of the five roles of small foundations.  One of... Read More

Streamlining Our Grant Process

By Gail Vento, Lana Vento Charitable Trust Lana Vento Charitable Trust (LVCT) recently tailored its grant process to fit a local theater’s organizational capacity and reflect the size of its grant. Read about the steps it took to minimize the theater’s paperwork and maximize its time spent on programs. For the past 7 years, Lana... Read More

Volunteer Energy: A Renewable Resource

By Jane Leighty Justis, The Leighty Foundation In her previous post on PhilanthroFiles, Exponent Philanthropy member Jane Leighty Justis made the case for investing in volunteer infrastructure. Here she shares her foundation’s efforts to increase the capacity of its local nonprofits to use volunteers. We are faced with new realities. Our world continues to move deeper... Read More