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Why to Support Nonprofits’ Technology Needs

Adapted with permission from Idealware’s “A Funders Guide to Supporting Nonprofit Technology.” Idealware helps nonprofits—including funders—make smart software decisions by providing thoroughly researched, impartial, and accessible resources about software. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a single type of funding that could positively affect all your grantees? There is: support for grantees’ technology needs. But few... Read More

The Power of Community to Develop Young Leaders

By Janice Simsohn Shaw, Exponent Philanthropy Last month, we kicked off the 2014 Next Gen Fellows Program, our second installment of a 6-month program to bring together young trustees and staff for learning, connecting, and mentoring. Just like our cohort of 2013 Next Gen Fellows, they are as diverse as any group in their passions, politics, priorities, and... Read More

Horizontal Is the New Vertical

By Henry Berman, Exponent Philanthropy The article below is featured in Exponent Philanthropy’s just released e-publication Outsized Impact, a first-of-its-kind report on trends shaping philanthropy with few or no staff. As practiced by small-staffed foundations, donor advised funds, giving circles, and individuals who choose to give big while keeping operations lean, this unique style of philanthropy is popular,... Read More

Inverting the Power Imbalance: Testing a New Grantmaking Program That Enables Nonprofits to Do Their Jobs

By Suzanne Skees, Skees Family Foundation Excerpted from the original post that appeared on Seeds of Hope, the Skees Family Foundation blog, on June 28 It sounds ludicrous—and it is: Often we donors throw roadblocks in front of the very programs we seek to support. Requiring reams of application pages, hours of preliminary meetings, and acrobatics... Read More

Readying Your Philanthropy for an Influx of Assets

By Elaine Gast Fawcett, Four Winds Writing, Inc. Ramping up—or significantly increasing charitable giving or activities—can be an empowering transition point in your philanthropy. It can also leave you bewildered by the complexities that come with your new normal. What does it mean to ramp up in response to an influx of assets—perhaps the most common... Read More