Upcoming Programs

Learning Lab:
Laying the Groundwork for Catalytic Philanthropy

The current crisis can offer the perfect moment to make a significant change. Lean funders who are catalytic have shifted their philanthropy from a transactional, year-to-year practice of reviewing proposals and writing checks, to a more transformational enterprise that engages people and stakeholders over years or decades. In this three-part Learning Lab, you will develop... Read More

Exponent Event

Virtual Roundtable: Rural Funders

If you work or fund in a rural area, come to this Virtual Roundtable to network and exchange challenges and solutions with other rural funders. This Virtual Roundtable is a unique member-only opportunity to keep vital connections within our membership during these uncertain times. If you would like to join in on the conversation, please... Read More

Webinar: Nuance of Words: Re-Framing Language to Increase Advocacy

Reproductive rights and justice are under attack, isolation is increasing the demand for relationship abuse services, and society is finally motivated to take action against racial in-justice and oppression. Funders are responding, but if we aren’t intentional about word choice and language, we can inadvertently undermine the causes we’re moving forward. For example, which phrasing... Read More

Exponent Event

Virtual Roundtable: Very Small Funders

This afternoon’s chat is for those who consider themselves very small funders, with less than ~$250,000 to distribute each year. Whether your foundation is staffed or not, you’re welcome to network with colleagues. This Virtual Roundtable is a unique member-only opportunity to keep vital connections within our membership during these uncertain times. If you would... Read More

Learning Lab:
Laying the Groundwork for Catalytic Philanthropy

The current crisis can offer the perfect moment to make a significant change. Lean funders who are catalytic have shifted their philanthropy from a transactional, year-to-year practice of reviewing proposals and writing checks, to a more transformational enterprise that engages people and stakeholders over years or decades. In this three-part Learning Lab, you will develop... Read More

Exponent Event

Learning Lab Module 1:
Position Yourself for Catalytic Philanthropy

Delve into the critical first steps on the journey to catalytic philanthropy – the inner work and mindset shifts that are essential for transformation. In this module, you will discover how to find focus, develop unity of purpose as a lean funder, and nurture board leadership. And recognize the power of your non-grant assets such... Read More

Exponent Event

Learning Lab Module 2:
Streamline, Let Go, and Engage with Your Community

Engaging with grantees and community members, in person or virtually, is essential to learning and developing relationships—key drivers of catalytic philanthropy. The first step is streamlining and prioritizing your work in order to free up time to build these essential relationships. Learning Objectives  Take stock of how you currently spend time accomplishing your work. Name... Read More