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Fall 2021: All About the Board

Our highly rated quarterly publication for members provides a wealth of information and inspiration in one easy read. In this issue: Expectations of Foundation Board Members Board Demographics in Leanly Staffed Foundations Making Your Board More Equitable Requires an Intentional Transformation Beyond Governance: Training Foundation Board Members for Leadership The Benefits of Trustee Diversity Best... 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

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

Foundation Operations and Management Report

Use this report as a guide when making operational decisions at your foundation with benchmarking data on boards and governance, grantmaking, investments, staff compensation, and more. Based on our annual Operations and Management Survey of foundation members, this unique benchmarking tool gives powerful insight into the grantmaking and operations of small-staffed foundations in the United States.... 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

Winter 2021: Community Civic Engagement

Our highly rated quarterly publication for members provides a wealth of information and inspiration in one easy read. In this issue: Small Funders Are Perfectly Positioned to Be Advocates How Deep Relationships With Community Informs Our Grantmaking Bettering Political Civil Discourse in Your Community A Pro Football and Venture Capital Approach to Philanthropy Humanities Organizations... Read More