Resources

Mind the Gap: Exploring the Role of Diversity and Racial Equity in Leanly Staffed Foundations

Exponent Philanthropy’s commitment to advancing racial equity is a multipronged, multipartner strategic approach to educate ourselves—individually and collectively—on the many dynamics of racial equity. We’ve seen from members of the Exponent Philanthropy community that diversity and racial equity touch on every aspect of a foundation’s work. In an effort to promote transparency and share our... Read More

Embracing Strategic Planning In Philanthropy

This primer introduces you to the wide world of foundation strategic planning. No two strategic plans are alike, and the process for developing and implementing strategic plans can be just as different. In this primer, you’ll discover why funders engage in strategic planning, get an overview of the strategic planning process, and hear what other... Read More

Advocacy Field Guide
for Lean Funders

How Small and Place-Based Foundations and Donors Can Make Big Change With Little Money Funders with few or no staff are perfectly positioned to fund and engage in advocacy. Smaller funders have deep ties to their communities, can act quickly to respond to emerging opportunities, and can focus in a laser-like way. Donors and trustees... Read More

Spotlight Report
A Leanly Staffed Funder’s Guide to Foundation Investing

Every foundation’s goal is to have a thoughtful, disciplined investment process that is aligned with the foundation’s purpose and goals. This guide provides a high-level overview to quickly help you understand different aspects of foundation investment. Within these pages, you’ll find out how to start off with an investment policy statement (IPS), why your foundation... Read More