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Actionable Ways To Add Diversity to Your Foundation Board and Staff

“Philanthropy relies on the amassed wealth of families and institutions that have benefited from systemic racism. As a result, the institution has a power imbalance in where funds go and what organizations and initiatives receive support,” said Maya Pendleton and Juanita Gallion of The Center for the Study of Social Policy in an Exponent Philanthropy... Read More

Grantmaking Due Diligence: Organizational Budget Size

This post originally appeared on GMA Foundations’ blog. Organizational budget size is a favorite proxy indicator in philanthropy. Donors use rules of thumb to streamline grantmaking due diligence, but generalizations are imperfect. Using organizational budget size as a proxy indicator can reinforce funding inequities and lead to lost opportunity. Here are a few ways to... Read More

Essentials: Transitions

  Essentials is a carefully curated periodical that features top content from our blog, resources, and publications. Find advice and inspiration on a single theme written by fellow members, trusted colleagues, and our expert staff. This exclusive member benefit can help focus your giving and spark conversations with other lean funders. In this issue: Dispelling... Read More

Grantmaking Basics: Creating Grant Guidelines

Through 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 move to different funding sources quickly. Remember, though, these are just guidelines. If you want to make a grant outside of those stated guidelines, you can certainly do... Read More

Collective Giving and Foundations: Learning From and With One Another

As a co-founder of Impact100 Philadelphia with my colleague Beth Dahle, I have worked in collective giving for the past 14 years. That means: Thinking about member recruitment, engagement and management This year, we have 454 women members who joined to have their individual donations pooled into our larger collective grants to nonprofits in the... Read More

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I Used To Be on the Other Side: Reducing the Power Dynamic in Philanthropy

For the past 30 years, I have had the privilege of working in leadership positions at nonprofit organizations from local through international regions. I also have worked as a consultant for nonprofits doing strategic planning, staff and board development, and fundraising. I know firsthand what it’s like to run programs, engage in advocacy, and have... Read More