Exponent Philanthropy Recent Posts

Women looking at grant guidelines

Creating Grant Guidelines

With open communication, and detailed grant guidelines, you can build good relationships with potential partners from the start. At the same time, you can help other grantseekers quickly move onto different funding sources. “It’s important to remember that our success as grantmakers depends on our grantees’ success,” says Christine Elbel of the Fleishhacker Foundation. “If... Read More

Foundation Transitions Happen: Are You Prepared?

A leadership succession plan is an essential source of guidance, and a commitment to organizational stability, when foundation transitions occur. Specifically, this written document identifies a course of action for when key leaders depart, whether planned or unplanned, permanent or temporary. To illustrate, consider what happened to one of our members: “Our foundation had succession... Read More

10 Ways To Boost Your Facilitation Skills

As funders, you may participate in board meetings and site visits, committee meetings and funder collaboratives, grantee convenings and focus groups, staff meetings, and more. Having adept facilitation skills can make these gatherings more efficient, engaging and enjoyable for all. Here are ten ways to boost your facilitation skills: 1. Plan, plan, plan Most facilitation... Read More

More Lean Funders Should Consider General Operating Support

General operating support helps support a nonprofit’s mission, rather than specific programs or projects. Grantees can use funds to strengthen the organization, or further its charitable purpose as they see fit. E.g., salaries and overhead, investing in technology, furthering fundraising efforts, and more. Philanthropists working with few or no staff are uniquely positioned to offer general... Read More

Payout Requirements: Year-End Tips for Meeting Your Minimum

It’s December and your foundation wants to fulfill its payout requirement within the calendar year. What can you do? Tips for meeting your payout requirement: Ask your local community foundation, association of grantmakers, or giving circles for information about community needs and nonprofits they support. Consult with members of the faith community. Ask your government... Read More