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I Used To Be on the Other Side: Reducing the Power Dynamic in Philanthropy

For the past 30 years, I have had the privilege of working in leadership positions at nonprofit organizations from local through international regions. I also have worked as a consultant for nonprofits doing strategic planning, staff and board development, and fundraising. I know firsthand what it’s like to run programs, engage in advocacy, and have... Read More

Is There an Ideal Career Path To Working at a Small Foundation?

There is no one path to having a career in leanly staffed foundations, as they operate in almost every locale in the nation. Still, there are qualities, skills and experiences that prepare people to effectively manage small foundation operations, engage boards, and leverage resources for impact. Patterns in Hiring First, let’s look at some career... Read More

Funders: Considering Collaboration? Start With a Light Touch and See Where It Leads

This post originally appeared on Blackbaud’s sgENGAGE blog. When smaller, place-based foundations collaborate and align their work, they provide unique value to local communities and nonprofits. Still, many foundations shy away from working together, assuming it will require considerable time and a loss of independence.   Funder collaboration need not be burdensome. Nor does it require... Read More

Key Insights From the 2022 Foundation Operations and Management Report

Exponent Philanthropy’s 2022 Foundation Operations and Management Report (FOMR) continues to offer mission-critical statistics about member foundations’ boards and governance, investments, administration (including salary and benefits), and grantmaking. Thank you to the 400+ members who participated in the 2021 survey informing this report. Below are some of its interesting and exciting findings. However, we encourage... Read More

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Activating the S in ESG Investing

While environmental and governance factors in ESG investing are well-defined, the magnitude of social factors can leave foundations unsure of where to focus their efforts. Join us for guidance on how to address and measure social factors in your portfolio. We’ll touch on subjects such as equity and inclusion, access to quality employment, community investment... Read More