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Funders: Considering Collaboration? Start With a Light Touch and See Where It Leads

This post originally appeared on Blackbaud’s sgENGAGE blog. When smaller, place-based foundations collaborate and align their work, they provide unique value to local communities and nonprofits. Still, many foundations shy away from working together, assuming it will require considerable time and a loss of independence.   Funder collaboration need not be burdensome. Nor does it require... Read More

Key Insights From the 2022 Foundation Operations and Management Report

Exponent Philanthropy’s 2022 Foundation Operations and Management Report (FOMR) continues to offer mission-critical statistics about member foundations’ boards and governance, investments, administration (including salary and benefits), and grantmaking. Thank you to the 400+ members who participated in the 2021 survey informing this report. Below are some of its interesting and exciting findings. However, we encourage... Read More

Webinar Recording
Activating the S in ESG Investing

While environmental and governance factors in ESG investing are well-defined, the magnitude of social factors can leave foundations unsure of where to focus their efforts. Join us for guidance on how to address and measure social factors in your portfolio. We’ll touch on subjects such as equity and inclusion, access to quality employment, community investment... Read More

How a Diversity Focus Changed One Foundation’s Board

Over 20 years ago, the Anna B. Stearns Charitable Foundation launched its Girls’ Initiative to amplify support for women and girls. More recently, the foundation’s board, historically mostly women, expanded its equity and inclusion focus to include race and culture for both grantmaking and board composition. Leadership sees its own diversity as essential to driving... Read More

Annual Conference Call for Sessions

Exponent Philanthropy members and constituents design a portion of the 2024 Annual Conference, and we invite you to submit your session ideas. Preview Proposal Application Form   Evaluation Criteria We are seeking sessions that provide actionable instruction for our community of lean funders. Our expectation is that session designers articulate educational take-aways that are both... Read More