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The Buying Season

Well, it’s that season again! People are breaking out their checkbooks and making resolutions for the new year. I know it sounds like I’m talking about the holidays, but I am actually talking about the end-of-year technology purchasing season. I have been in the technology industry for most of my career and have always been... Read More

9 Easy Cyber Security Actions Lean Funders Should Take

Last spring, major cyberattacks seemed to take place weekly. Everything from gas production to meat packing was vulnerable. As executive director of the Middendorf Foundation, each incident raised my blood pressure. I knew I needed to protect my organization, but I didn’t feel like I had the right tools to do so. As a small... Read More

A Program Officer’s Go-To Resources

Not long ago, I was contacted by a young professional interested in exploring a career in grantmaking. She inquired about what books, websites, and blogs I have found most helpful in my position as a program officer, and I offered to compile a short list to send her way. As a new program officer myself—just... Read More

Five Common Characteristics of Effective Nonprofits

Excellent nonprofits are not found. They’re made. As a donor, you can build and strengthen the nonprofits most aligned with your goals. Identifying the impact you want to make will help you narrow the field of potential grantees to those that fit your values, goals and interests. Clarifying your goals also opens opportunities to build... Read More

There Is a Reporter on the Phone—Top 10 Tips

This is the third of a 3-part blog series to help funders leverage relationships with traditional media. Our thanks to Patti Giglio of PSG Communications, LLC, for her contributions to our new media toolkit for Exponent Philanthropy members, the basis for this blog series. 1. Consider the reporter’s inquiry an opportunity. Most reporters want to get it... Read More

More Lean Funders Should Consider General Operating Support

General operating support helps support a nonprofit’s mission, rather than specific programs or projects. Grantees can use funds to strengthen the organization, or further its charitable purpose as they see fit. For example: salaries and overhead, investing in technology, furthering fundraising efforts, and more. Philanthropists working with few or no staff are uniquely positioned to offer... Read More