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Working With Community Foundations: A Guide for Small Foundations

With so much interest in giving to their communities, it makes sense that many small foundations work with local community foundations to achieve their charitable goals. This primer describes how your small foundation can work with a community foundation to fulfill your mission and goals. It highlights how community foundations can help you: Expand your... Read More

Outsized Impact

Illustrating the power of individual, family, and small-staffed foundation donors We are pleased to share with you our annual report, Outsized Impact 2016, which showcases many of our 2016 accomplishments and illustrates the power of small-staffed foundations, philanthropic families, and individual donors. We invite you to read these stories, share them with others, and embrace the... 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

Media Toolkit: A Funder’s Guide to Engaging With Members of the Media

Every organization, no matter the size, should consider developing a media strategy. Beautifully landscaped Facebook pages and carefully crafted tweets are less important than unified messages and timely goals. The following general guidelines, excerpted from our Media Toolkit can be adopted by any nonprofit or foundation seeking to build relationships with its community and craft a powerful... 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