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2020-2025 Strategic Plan

More than 20 years ago our organization was formed when a small group gathered at a philanthropy conference under a handwritten sign reading “Are you alone with millions?” Today, Exponent Philanthropy includes thousands of funders and supporters who shape our programs, services, and strategy. From the beginning, the driving force of our association has been... Read More

How Deep Relationships With Community Informs Our Grantmaking

The coronavirus pandemic opened our eyes to how sectors and systems do or do not address the ever-growing health and income inequities in this country. We can approach this in two ways: Admit the inadequacies of our systems. Especially those focused on health, housing, food insecurity and education, or Go a step further to recognize that the... Read More

2022 Outsized Impact Award Finalists

The Outsized Impact Award honors an individual at an Exponent Philanthropy member organization whose style of philanthropy is achieving outsized (or greater than expected) impact. Read this year’s finalists’ inspiring stories. Danyelle O’HaraMortenson Family Foundation (Minneapolis, Minnesota) As the community relationship officer at the Mortenson Family Foundation, Danyelle O’Hara is centering community in the foundation’s decision-making. Danyelle and the... Read More

Actionable Ways To Add Diversity to Your Foundation Board and Staff

“Philanthropy relies on the amassed wealth of families and institutions that have benefited from systemic racism. As a result, the institution has a power imbalance in where funds go and what organizations and initiatives receive support,” said Maya Pendleton and Juanita Gallion of The Center for the Study of Social Policy in an Exponent Philanthropy... Read More

Grantmaking Due Diligence: Organizational Budget Size

This post originally appeared on GMA Foundations’ blog. Organizational budget size is a favorite proxy indicator in philanthropy. Donors use rules of thumb to streamline grantmaking due diligence, but generalizations are imperfect. Using organizational budget size as a proxy indicator can reinforce funding inequities and lead to lost opportunity. Here are a few ways to... Read More

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Summer 2022: Transitions

Our highly rated quarterly publication for members provides a wealth of information and inspiration in one easy read. In this issue: Dispelling Fear and Anxiety About Advocacy for Your Foundation Board How Can Lean Funders Proactively Advance Racial Equity? Don’t Go It Alone Lessons From Launching an Impact Investing Portfolio: One Family Foundation’s Journey More... Read More