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How to Avoid Self-Dealing

Self-dealing rules, which prevent foundations from entering into a broad range of dealings with foundation insiders, were developed to ensure foundation assets are only used for charitable purposes. However, these complex rules can be violated without foundation staff members even knowing it. This primer will: Help you know the rules, so you can avoid breaking... Read More

Investing in Nonprofit Leaders

As a foundation, your success hinges on the success of your nonprofit grantees. And strong leaders play an essential role in the success of nonprofit organizations. This primer explores how your foundation can support emerging leaders in the nonprofit sector. In it, you will: Learn about the obstacles to recruiting and retaining leaders in the... Read More

Grantee and Applicant Perception Survey

There’s no question: listening to your community is a key factor in good grantmaking. This survey offers your foundation a structured opportunity to learn from your grantees and applicants, identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement, and set up your board and staff for productive conversations that increase your foundation’s effectiveness. Here’s what you... Read More

Funding and Engaging in Advocacy: Opportunities for Small-Staffed Foundations

Small foundations often know the problems and needs in their communities better than most. That is why it can be valuable for foundations to leverage their resources and understanding of local needs to support nonprofit advocacy. But how do you get started? This primer provides you with a wide “comfort zone” for funding advocacy activities,... Read More

Keeping Good Records: Small Foundations’ Guide to Staying Organized

If you haven’t established a system for keeping good records, now is the time! This primer explains what documents to keep and for how long, and describes how to organize your documents by creating a records management system. A system includes: Sorting your documents into categories. Organizing documents and setting up files so you can... Read More

The Foundation Guidebook

Small or large, new or established, your foundation can be a lasting expression of who you are and make an impact for years to come. The Foundation Guidebook provides the baseline knowledge you need for running a foundation and get to the really important work of making a difference. You’ll learn how to build a... Read More