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Lessons From Launching an Impact Investing Portfolio: One Family Foundation’s Journey

We established the Richard W. Goldman Family Foundation in honor of our late father. The foundation aims to promote equality and reduce barriers to opportunity for marginalized families. It does this by increasing access to education, health and financial resources during early childhood. We enthusiastically explored impact investing in 2016, but didn’t know how to... 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. E.g., salaries and overhead, investing in technology, furthering fundraising efforts, and more. Philanthropists working with few or no staff are uniquely positioned to offer general... Read More

7 Types of Successful Philanthropists

Understanding the type of funder you are, and matching with like-minded nonprofit leaders, is one of the most important building blocks to achieving your funding goals. As nonprofit development consultants, we create funder profiles to help our clients better understand the various types of philanthropists, and how to best engage them. What type(s) of philanthropist... Read More

Payout Requirements: Year-End Tips for Meeting Your Minimum

It’s December and your foundation wants to fulfill its payout requirement within the calendar year. What can you do? Tips for meeting your payout requirement: Ask your local community foundation, association of grantmakers, or giving circles for information about community needs and nonprofits they support. Consult with members of the faith community. Ask your government... Read More

Why Your Net Grant Matters

Grantees incur costs preparing your grant application. When you make a $10,000 grant, the value to your grantee may be $9,000. For a $20,000 grant, the value may be $17,500. Time is money. It takes time for nonprofits to fit language to your unique questions and format, as well as customize their financial documents to... Read More

Help Us to Expand the Philanthropic Landscape to Support Native Americans

Native American communities are often overlooked. Though they represent nearly 3 percent of the US population, they have historically received roughly 0.5 percent of philanthropic dollars. To help address this, PEAK has been a part of a tribal entities working group, facilitated by TechSoup, to identify and amplify equitable funding practices with respect to Native... Read More