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  • Strengthening Grantees: Foundation and Nonprofit Perspectives

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    The report provides a comprehensive examination of foundations’ efforts to strengthen grantee organizations and leaders. The data reveals that foundations are not as in touch with nonprofits’ needs as they think they are, and that both foundations and nonprofits alike have a role to play in closing the gap between the support nonprofits need and the support foundations provide. Publication date: October 2018

    The report, from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, provides a comprehensive examination of foundations’ efforts to strengthen grantee organizations and leaders. The data reveals that foundations are not as in touch with nonprofits’ needs as they think they are, and that both foundations and nonprofits alike have a role to play in closing the gap between the support nonprofits need and the support foundations provide.

    Publication date: October 2018

    Ellie Buteau

    Vice President, Research

    Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

    Charis Loh

    Manager, Research

    Center for Effective Philanthropy

    Temitayo Ilegbusi

    Senior Analyst, Research

    Center for Effective Philanthropy

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • Planning and Pre-Grant: Design and implement the review process to support an informed grant decision.

  • Great Funder–Nonprofit Relationships Toolkit

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This toolkit, from Exponent Philanthropy, is designed to help funders recognize the aspects of great relationships with your nonprofit partners, assess competencies, and consider ways to improve how to work with one another. Publication date: October 2018

    This toolkit, from Exponent Philanthropy, is designed to help funders recognize the aspects of great relationships with your nonprofit partners, assess competencies, and consider ways to improve how to work with one another.

    This simple tool walks through:

    • The hallmarks of great relationships.
    • A self-diagnostic that can help you identify opportunities for improvement.
    • Two key skills that can improve relationships in any given area.

    In this resource, you’ll also find tips and resources from other funders and nonprofits to develop your own action plan.

    Publication date: October 2018

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Communications: Listen to others and communicate effectively.

  • Getting the Best Possible Failures in Philanthropy

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    What constitutes “good” failures in philanthropy, and how can we have more of them? Publication date: October 16, 2018

    What constitutes “good” failures in philanthropy, and how can we have more of them?

    Publication date: October 16, 2018

    ​Jen Ford Reedy

    President

    Bush Foundation

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Knowledge Management: Capture and apply knowledge to promote learning and improvement.

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • Post-Grant: Review grantmaking to determine success in meeting goals and objectives.

  • Intersectionality and Demographic Data in Philanthropy

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    If philanthropy is serious about its mission, it has to get serious about intersectionality. We need data to unpack the layers of oppression and systemic inequities that keep us from making substantial progress. Yet, our data collection efforts haven’t even begun to contemplate this complex issue. Publication date: October 12, 2018

    If philanthropy is serious about its mission, it has to get serious about intersectionality, in which classifications such as gender, race, class, and others cannot be examined in isolation from one another. We need data to unpack the layers of oppression and systemic inequities that keep us from making substantial progress. Yet, our data collection efforts haven’t even begun to contemplate this complex issue.

    Publication date: October 12, 2018

    Melissa Sines

    Programs and Knowledge Director

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Melissa leads PEAK Grantmaking’s work to identify effective, efficient, and equitable philanthropic practices and advocate for their adoption by grantmakers.

    Prior to joining PEAK Grantmaking, Melissa was the education and accreditation director at Maryland Nonprofits and the Standards for Excellence Institute, where she oversaw nonprofit accreditation and the association’s learning community.

    Melissa is currently a board member at the Maryland Center for Economic Policy. She also serves as co-chair for the United Philanthropy Forum's Program Committee and on the Funder's Planning Committee for the Frederick County Nonprofit Summit. She has served on committees for Independent Sector, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, the Frederick Giving Project, and numerous other nonprofits in her local community.

    Melissa is a self-professed nonprofit dork and accidental techie. She is passionate about organizing people and projects to promote social justice.

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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

  • Principles of PEAK Grantmaking: The View from Inside a Working Group

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    Have you ever wondered what principles to adopt to promote good grantmaking practices at your organization – actually, not just good practice, but the best grantmaking practices possible? Grant managers are a special group of professionals always looking for perfection, order, and improvement. We are all responsible for the ‘how’ of grantmaking – and for making it as effective and principled as it can be. Publication date: October 17, 2018

    Have you ever wondered what principles to adopt to promote good grantmaking practices at your organization – actually, not just good practice, but the best grantmaking practices possible? Grant managers are a special group of professionals always looking for perfection, order, and improvement. We are all responsible for the ‘how’ of grantmaking – and for making it as effective and principled as it can be.

    The five Principles of PEAK Grantmaking, in their current draft form, are:

    • Align grantmaking practices with values [Values]
    • Be responsible and responsive stewards of the resources entrusted to us [Stewards]
    • Mitigate the power imbalance in grantmaking [Mitigate Power Imbalance]
    • Implement equitable grantmaking practices [Equity]
    • Take a learning approach to achieving impact [Learning for Impact]

    Publication date: October 17, 2018

    ​Sue Fulton

    CFO

    Endowment for Health

    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.
    • Ethics, Integrity, and Accountability: Act with integrity and accountability.
    • Financial Management: Implement financial policies and controls to ensure effective and efficient deployment of financial resources for grantmaking.
    • Knowledge Management: Capture and apply knowledge to promote learning and improvement.
    • 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.
    • Staff and Volunteer Development: Build the capacity of staff and volunteers to be successful in their grantmaking role.
    • Strategic Management: Promote organizational mission and goals and inspire colleagues to achieve them.
    • 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.
    • Planning and Pre-Grant: Design and implement the review process to support an informed grant decision.
    • Award and Monitoring: Establish mutual expectations between the grantmaker and grantee to support success.
    • Award and Monitoring: Monitor grantee activity to support grantee success and determine compliance with grant agreement.
    • Post-Grant: Review grantmaking to determine success in meeting goals and objectives.
  • Funders that Don’t Seek Feedback Are Out of Excuses

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    Success requires that those who control philanthropic resources work in true partnership with the nonprofits and communities they seek to benefit. There are an ever-increasing number of tools available to help funders get feedback. Publication date: September 28, 2018

    Success requires that those who control philanthropic resources work in true partnership with the nonprofits and communities they seek to benefit. There are an ever-increasing number of tools available to help funders get feedback.

    Enlightened funders will embrace the tools now available to them and will show others that we can slay the monster and choose to let money and power bring out the best in our philanthropic giving.

    Publication date: September 28, 2018

    Aaron Dorfman

    President and CEO

    National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • Post-Grant: Review grantmaking to determine success in meeting goals and objectives.

  • Power, Privilege, and Effectiveness: Are Funders Connecting the Dots?

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    To advance equity more effectively in collaboration with nonprofits and communities, grantmakers must share power with and leverage privilege for nonprofits and communities. Publication date: October 1, 2018

    To advance equity more effectively in collaboration with nonprofits and communities, grantmakers must share power with and leverage privilege for nonprofits and communities.

    The article includes examples of how funders are benefiting from collaboration.

    Publication date: October 1, 2018

    Kathleen P. Enright

    President and CEO

    Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO)

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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

  • Leverage Points: To Advance Gender Equality, Foundations Must Put Policy First

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    "To make gender equity a reality, philanthropy has to think boldly about how best to make a difference. That means, in addition to funding nonprofit partners that provide critical services and support to women, we must invest in developing policy that transforms systems and enables women and girls to reach their full potential." Publication date: September 25, 2018

    "To make gender equity a reality, philanthropy has to think boldly about how best to make a difference. That means, in addition to funding nonprofit partners that provide critical services and support to women, we must invest in developing policy that transforms systems and enables women and girls to reach their full potential."

    Publication date: September 25, 2018

    ​Surina Khan

    CEO

    Women’s Foundation of California

    ​Lee Roper-Batker

    President and CEO

    Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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

  • “Our North Star.” What We Can Learn from One Equity Funder’s Journey So Far

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    The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) was one of the early adopters of equity grantmaking, a shift that was hardly surprising. This funder had long been a leader in pushing for a more inclusive San Francisco, and already stood out among community foundations for its strong commitment to social justice. But making equity the foundation’s North Star to guide all its work took things to the next level. Publication date: October 3, 2018

    The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) was one of the early adopters of equity grantmaking, a shift that was hardly surprising. This funder had long been a leader in pushing for a more inclusive San Francisco, and already stood out among community foundations for its strong commitment to social justice. But making equity the foundation’s North Star to guide all its work took things to the next level.

    TSFF emphasized listening from the start of this journey four years ago. TSFF’s report includes other takeaways, such as the importance of shifting donors away from a charity mindset to one of change-making.

    Publication date: October 3, 2018

    Alyssa Ochs

    Writer

    Inside Philanthropy

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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

  • Advancing Equity: Reimagining the Ways a Community Foundation Delivers on Its Mission

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The report chronicles how the San Francisco foundation is working to transform itself to meet a defining challenge of our time and their region: advancing racial equity and economic inclusion. The foundation is one of a growing number across the nation looking for better ways to tackle equity. the report includes information about what they've done, how they've changed, and what they've learned so far. Publication date: July 2018

    The report chronicles how the San Francisco foundation is working to transform itself to meet a defining challenge of our time and their region: advancing racial equity and economic inclusion. The foundation is one of a growing number across the nation looking for better ways to tackle equity. the report includes information about what they've done, how they've changed, and what they've learned so far. 

    Publication date: July 2018

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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