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  • Sharing Data Responsibly – A Conversation Guide for Funders

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    Human rights funders collect a lot of data about their grantees – as well as the people that their grantees help. Sharing this data openly can help funders be transparent about their activities and highlight the impact of their grantees’ work. However, it can also increase risks to human rights work if data isn’t collected and managed responsibly. How can funders be transparent about the work they support, while making sure that they aren’t harming grantees or others? This guide is based on research conducted by Ariadne and The Engine Room. Publication date: October 2018

    Human rights funders collect a lot of data about their grantees – as well as the people that their grantees help. Sharing this data openly can help funders be transparent about their activities and highlight the impact of their grantees’ work. However, it can also increase risks to human rights work if data isn’t collected and managed responsibly. How can funders be transparent about the work they support, while making sure that they aren’t harming grantees or others?

    This guide is based on research conducted by Ariadne and The Engine Room.

    Publication date: October 2018

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Communications: Listen to others and communicate effectively.

  • An Open-Data Approach to Transform Grantmaking

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    Proposals for grants can offer a wealth of ideas and information to the nonprofit community, if foundations take the right steps. Publication date: Winter 2019

    Proposals for grants can offer a wealth of ideas and information to the nonprofit community, if foundations take the right steps.

    A recent collaboration of Foundation Center and the MacArthur Foundation gave the organizations the opportunity to experiment with opening up the grantmaking process itself. The result was the Solutions Bank, a free online resource allowing users to explore proposals by subject, population served, strategy, and relationship to one or more of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

    Publication date: Winter 2019

    Bradford K. Smith

    President

    Foundation Center

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Process and Change Management: Plan and monitor processes efficiently and effectively and manage change as needed to contribute to grantmaker's strategic goals and grantee's success.
    • Technology Management: Apply technology solutions to grantmaking to support grantmaker, applicant, and grantee success.

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • Planning and Pre-Grant: Apply the grantmaker values, mission, and goals to ensure alignment of application process and guidelines.

  • Listening to the Community to Reimagine How a Foundation Delivers on Its Mission

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    Based on feedback from community listening sessions and consultations with local experts, The San Francisco Foundation reshaped its grantmaking strategy and role in addressing the inequities facing Bay Area residents. Publication date: December 12, 2018

    Based on feedback from community listening sessions and consultations with local experts, The San Francisco Foundation reshaped its grantmaking strategy and role in addressing the inequities facing Bay Area residents.

    Publication date: December 12, 2018

    Fred Blackwell

    CEO

    The San Francisco Foundation

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Communications: Listen to others and communicate effectively.
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.
    • Strategic Management: Promote organizational mission and goals and inspire colleagues to achieve them.

  • 10 Things Progressive Funders Must Learn from Conservative Ones, or We Are All Screwed

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    Conservative funders focus on the big picture, act quickly, do not micromanage, provide significant general operating funds, fund for twenty or thirty years, support leaders and movements, engage in policy and politics, and treat grantees as equal partners. Progressive funders—with a few exceptions—intellectualize, are severely risk-averse, focus narrowly, fund isolated strategies and programs, avoid politics, and treat grantees like parasites and freeloaders. Publication date: December 10, 2018

    Conservative funders focus on the big picture, act quickly, do not micromanage, provide significant general operating funds, fund for twenty or thirty years, support leaders and movements, engage in policy and politics, and treat grantees as equal partners. Progressive funders—with a few exceptions—intellectualize, are severely risk-averse, focus narrowly, fund isolated strategies and programs, avoid politics, and treat grantees like parasites and freeloaders.

    Guess who have been winning? Who have been shaping all three branches of US government, along with the media, and controlling which conversations society engages in?

    Publication date: December 10, 2018

    Vu Le

    Executive Director

    Rainier Valley Corps

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.
    • Ethics, Integrity, and Accountability: Act with integrity and accountability.

  • Grantmaking 2.0: Updating Helmsley’s Grantmaking Processes

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    Experienced grantmakers interested in learning from other grantmakers about how they revised and updated their grants management practices will find this webinar helpful. Using the example of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s efforts to update their practices, the presenters share lessons learned and best practices for making your own practice updates. Original air date: December 4, 2018

    Experienced grantmakers interested in learning from other grantmakers about how they revised and updated their grants management practices will find this webinar helpful. Using the example of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s efforts to update their practices, the presenters share lessons learned and best practices for making your own practice updates.

    Viewers will:

    • learn how to prepare for a grants management database system transition;
    • understand how to engage departments across your organization; and
    • hear best practices for process redesign.

    Original air date: December 4, 2018

    Anneka Preston

    Grants Manager

    The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

    Anneka Preston is a grants manager at the Helmsley Charitable Trust. In this role, she is involved in performing due diligence for applicants and grantees to ensure grantmaking compliance across Helmsley’s programs. She also assists with maintaining the grants management database and providing technical assistance to applicants and grantees. Prior to joining Helmsley, Anneka was a client service associate at Lord, Abbett & Co. in Jersey City, NJ. Anneka has also served as an associate investment analyst at The American University in Cairo. Her professional work experience includes due diligence, client communications and relations, database management, reporting, and research. Anneka holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Manhattanville College where she studied abroad with the International Honors Program. She is an active volunteer and alumnus strongly believing in the importance of community building and engagement.

    ​Adam Sanders

    Grants Administrator

    The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust 

    Jeannine Corey

    Senior Consultant and Partner

    Philanthropy.io

    Jeannine Corey has served the nonprofit sector as a leader and thought partner for more than 15 years. Jeannine leads Philanthropy.io's grants management system selection and implementation, quality assurance, and process re-engineering practices. Her experience in project management, knowledge management, and business processes and operations along with her working relationships with grants management vendors uniquely equips her to assist grantmakers in making informed, collaborative, and impactful decisions that improve their work.  In the last 2 years, she has assisted foundations with their grants management selection efforts; served as the Project Manager for Fluxx and foundationConnect implementations; facilitated process re-engineering efforts; created grants-related training materials; and provided knowledge management, project management and quality assurance oversight for a foundation’s internal and externally facing community engagement tool. 

    Rebecca Van Sickle

    Managing Partner

    1892 consulting

    Since 2001, Rebecca Van Sickle has worked for private and corporate foundations managing and leading grants management strategy, delivering technology solutions, coordinating grants process and policy changes and guiding efforts in knowledge management and data analysis. As the Director of Grants Management at the Atlantic Philanthropies, Rebecca led a year-long grants management system selection and implementation process that involved evaluating Atlantic’s grantmaking processes and adapting them to an online workflow. While at Atlantic, Rebecca also spearheaded an initiative to streamline the grant payment process, moving the foundation to electronic payments through a secure file transfer.  Rebecca Van Sickle received her B.S. from Northwestern University and her M.B.A. from Cornell University. She is also a former Board Member of PEAK Grantmaking.

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Process and Change Management: Plan and monitor processes efficiently and effectively to contribute to grantmaker's strategic goals and grantee's success.
    • Technology Management: Apply technology solutions to grantmaking to support grantmaker, applicant, and grantee success.

  • Streamline Your Grant Process: Make Better Decisions and Support Grantees

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    Streamlining grant application processes is a concept foundations can get behind. Enabling grantees to work more efficiently and save time to focus on their mission is a benefit to all. With deeper insight into the nonprofits you support, you’re able to make better decisions while effectively supporting your grantees. GuideStar and Foundant Technologies showcase the latest integrations of GuideStar for Grant Applications (G4G for short) with grants management software to streamline the application process. Original air date: December 5, 2018

    Streamlining grant application processes is a concept foundations can get behind. Enabling grantees to work more efficiently and save time to focus on their mission is a benefit to all. With deeper insight into the nonprofits you support, you’re able to make better decisions while effectively supporting your grantees.

    GuideStar and Foundant Technologies showcase the latest integrations of GuideStar for Grant Applications (G4G for short) with grants management software to streamline the application process.

    Viewers will:

    • learn about GuideStar’s database, how G4G works, and how to get started;
    • see an example of Foundant GLM’s G4G integration and learn how their team can work with your foundation to align more than 60 fields with existing info in GuideStar’s database; and
    • hear how one group of funders leveraged this technology to align their applications and better support their nonprofits.

    Original air date: December 5, 2018

    This webinar was sponsored by Foundant.

    Gabe Cohen

    Senior Director of Marketing & Communications

    GuideStar

    Sammie Holzwarth

    Product Manager

    Foundant

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Process and Change Management: Plan and monitor processes efficiently and effectively to contribute to grantmaker's strategic goals and grantee's success.
    • Technology Management: Apply technology solutions to grantmaking to support grantmaker, applicant, and grantee success.

  • Census 2020 & Cybersecurity: What Foundations Need to Know

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    Watch this webinar to learn why the security concerns surrounding Census 2020 matter to you as operations leaders in philanthropy, and what IT leaders can do to lend their voices to this issue. Original air date: November 15, 2018

    The number and sophistication of cybersecurity threats have undoubtedly increased. Facebook’s data breach, Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, and the frequent data breach alerts from banks and retailers is more than enough evidence to make us understand why information security is a growing concern across public and private sectors.  It is in this context that we as a country are preparing for the 2020 Census, the largest peacetime effort of the federal government and the first ever that will rely on digital response. 

    Much has been done to ensure the residents of America that their data with remain safe. But, the current environment raises serious questions about the government’s ability, or desire, to keep records safe and build a digital census platform robust enough to withstand interference. The security of the digital collection and storage of information is still unclear despite numerous public- and private-sector cybersecurity experts calling for greater transparency on the Census Bureau’s protocols and systems. 
    Considering these challenges philanthropy must take a leadership role in ensuring transparency from the Census Bureau, supporting critical local infrastructure and public policy that encourages full participation in the census. The accuracy of this data is critical to philanthropy for it is this data which our sector and the communities we care about will depend for the next ten years.
     
    Watch this webinar to learn why the security concerns surrounding Census 2020 matter to you as operations leaders in philanthropy, and what IT leaders can do to lend their voices to this issue.

    This webinar was created in partnership with the Technology Affinity Group, PEAK Grantmaking, and The Leadership Conference.

    Original air date: November 15, 2018

    Chantal Forster

    Executive Director

    Technology Affinity Group (TAG)

    ​Michelle Greanias

    Executive Director

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Michelle Greanias, executive director of PEAK Grantmaking, is a passionate advocate for efficient and effective grantmaking and is deeply committed to elevating the value of grantmaking practices in philanthropy. Since 2008, Michelle has led the explosive growth of PEAK Grantmaking, making it one of the largest networks in the field.

    Michelle has spent most of her career in corporate philanthropy, leading grants management teams to implement efficient, effective grantmaking practices. She has also overseen program-related investments; engaged in projects to facilitate socially responsible investments in housing and community development; and managed employee giving programs.

    Michelle speaks and writes regularly on effective grants management practices and has consulted with government and private sector grants programs to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their grantmaking operations.

    Michelle serves on the GuideStar Advisory Council and on the National Panel for GrantAdvisor. She holds bachelor’s degrees in international relations and French/West European studies and a master’s in business administration from The American University.

    Corinne Yu

    Senior Program Director, Special Projects

    The Leadership Conference

    Joshua A. Geltzer

    Executive Director and Visiting Professor of Law, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection

    Georgetown University Law Center

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.
    • Technology Management: Apply technology solutions to grantmaking to support grantmaker, applicant, and grantee success.

  • Our Default Organizational Decision-making Model Is Flawed. Here’s an Awesome Alternative!

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    "My organization Rainier Valley Corps has been experimenting with a decision-making model called the Advice Process. I want to elaborate on it a little as an ED who was used to being the ultimate decision-maker who is now not making many decisions at all at his organization and who is actually very happy about it.​" Publication date: December 3, 2018

    "My organization Rainier Valley Corps has been experimenting with a decision-making model called the Advice Process. I want to elaborate on it a little as an ED who was used to being the ultimate decision-maker who is now not making many decisions at all at his organization and who is actually very happy about it.

    "...whoever is closest to the issue area is the person who makes the decision, provided they do two things: Check in with people who will be affected by their decision, and check in with people who may have information and advice that might help them make the best decision."

    Publication date: December 3, 2018

    Vu Le

    Executive Director

    Rainier Valley Corps

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Process and Change Management: Plan and monitor processes efficiently and effectively and manage change as needed to contribute to grantmaker's strategic goals and grantee's success.

  • The Upside of Conflict

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    Too many organizations ignore or avoid addressing internal conflict. A healthy perspective on disagreement can increase resilience and spur needed innovation. Publication date: Winter 2019

    Too many organizations ignore or avoid addressing internal conflict. A healthy perspective on disagreement can increase resilience and spur needed innovation.

    Intraorganizational conflict can arise from many different sources. A sudden shift in donor priorities can upend current programming. A change in politics or public policy can make an organization’s mission less relevant or viable. Potential negative publicity about an overseas branch can spark heated debate about whether and how to deal with it. Substantive disagreements between boards and executives or between field offices and headquarters are common. The question is not simply whether conflicts arise, but rather whether organizations are equipped to deal with them.

    The authors' research into the topic has revealed that they are not. 

    Publication date: Winter 2019

    ​Alan Fowler

    Honorary Professor Chair of African Philanthropy, Wits Business School

    University of the Witwatersrand

    ​Elizabeth Field

    Conflict Advisor, International Secretariat

    Amnesty International

    ​Joseph McMahon

    Manager

    Collaborative Processes, LLC

    President, Inter-Mediation International

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Communications: Listen to others and communicate effectively.
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.
    • Staff and Volunteer Development: Build the capacity of staff and volunteers to be successful in their grantmaking role.

  • PEAK Midwest Fall Regional Meeting

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    ​Looking for ideas to improve your grantmaking practices and time to network with other grants management professionals? Presenters from the MacArthur Foundation, Grand Victoria Foundation, PEAK Grantmaking, and the Midwest Regional Chapter team shared information on a wide-range of hot topics in philanthropy including practices, racial equity, and going paperless.​ Presentation date: October 19, 2018

    Looking for ideas to improve your grantmaking practices and time to network with other grants management professionals? Presenters from the MacArthur Foundation, Grand Victoria Foundation, PEAK Grantmaking, and the Midwest Regional Chapter team shared information on a wide-range of hot topics in philanthropy including ideas about how to become a paperless foundation, making the case for grantmaking practices that drive equity, and important racial equity initiatives from foundations in the Midwest.

    Presentation date: October 19, 2018

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.