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Using Multiyear Funding to Supercharge Your Grantmaking

Multiyear funding—support that funders commit up-front for multiple years—is a key to strengthening nonprofit effectiveness, capacity, and impact. These grants guarantee income streams, lessening the time grantees need to fundraise so they can better carry out their missions. In a tough economy, when many foundations are cutting grant budgets and reducing their number of grantees,... Read More

Key Insights from the 2023 Foundation Operations and Management Report

Exponent Philanthropy is proud to release the latest edition of the Foundation Operations and Management Report (FOMR). This premier benchmarking resource offers mission-critical statistics on grantmaking, boards and governance, investments, and administration – including salary and benefits – for foundations with few or no staff. Below are some initial interesting findings from the 2023 edition.... Read More

Why Impact Investing Is Even More Important in Uncertain Times

This post originally appeared on Arabella Advisors’ blog. Nobody knows when the next recession will arrive or how bad it will be. But there are plenty of signals that experts point to that can make investors cautious or nervous. Regardless of when the next economic downturn does arrive, foundations and nonprofit asset owners can—and should—play a... Read More

2020-2025 Strategic Plan

More than 20 years ago our organization was formed when a small group gathered at a philanthropy conference under a handwritten sign reading “Are you alone with millions?” Today, Exponent Philanthropy includes thousands of funders and supporters who shape our programs, services, and strategy. From the beginning, the driving force of our association has been... Read More

How Deep Relationships With Community Informs Our Grantmaking

The coronavirus pandemic opened our eyes to how sectors and systems do or do not address the ever-growing health and income inequities in this country. We can approach this in two ways: Admit the inadequacies of our systems. Especially those focused on health, housing, food insecurity and education, or Go a step further to recognize that the... Read More

2022 Outsized Impact Award Finalists

The Outsized Impact Award honors an individual at an Exponent Philanthropy member organization whose style of philanthropy is achieving outsized (or greater than expected) impact. Read the wonderful stories of the 2022 finalists.  Danyelle O’HaraMortenson Family Foundation (Minneapolis, Minnesota) As the community relationship officer at the Mortenson Family Foundation, Danyelle O’Hara is centering community in the foundation’s decision-making. Danyelle... Read More