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  • Ask Dr. Streamline: Setting a Good Example

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    What are some best practices in streamlining the online grant application process? What is the role of logic models and theories of change in holding grantees accountable? Dr. Streamline answers these questions. Publication date: September 13, 2018

    What are some best practices in streamlining the online grant application process? What is the role of logic models and theories of change in holding grantees accountable?

    Dr. Streamline answers these questions.

    Publication date: September 13, 2018

    ​Jessica Bearman

    Principal

    Bearman Consulting

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

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

  • How Youth-Led Grantmaking Benefits Young People, Their Communities, and the Philanthropic Sector

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    More foundations, philanthropy-serving organizations, schools, and neighborhood institutions have come to see that young people themselves are well positioned to make informed decisions about community needs both now and in the future that belongs to them. As a result, the practice of youth philanthropy has emerged in hundreds of communities and organizations across the United States. Publication date: August 2018

    More foundations, philanthropy-serving organizations, schools, and neighborhood institutions have come to see that young people themselves are well positioned to make informed decisions about community needs both now and in the future that belongs to them. As a result, the practice of youth philanthropy has emerged in hundreds of communities and organizations across the United States. 

    Publication date: August 2018

    Sheryl Seller

    Assistant Director, Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

    Brandeis University

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Staff and Volunteer Development: Build the capacity of staff and volunteers to be successful in their grantmaking role.

  • 5 Tips for Effective Grantmaking, No Matter What the World Throws At You

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    What can you do to ensure that your foundation and its grantmaking remains relevant, directing resources to areas requiring the most assistance? Make it a priority to enhance your grantmaking cycle, now. Publication date: September 5, 2018

    What can you do to ensure that your foundation and its grantmaking remains relevant, directing resources to areas requiring the most assistance? Make it a priority to enhance your grantmaking cycle, now.

    What parts of the process do you do because you must? How about areas that you do just because, well, things have always been done that way? You should be treating your grantmaking process like an investment where you want a social return. Think about where you can achieve efficiencies, then direct time saved towards strategizing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals.

    Publication date: September 5, 2018

    Annie Rhodes

    Director of Foundation Strategy, Corporations and Foundations Division

    Blackbaud

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

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

  • Donor-Advised Funds: How to Make Sure They Strengthen Our Communities

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    The rapid growth of donor-advised funds (DAFs) is one of the major stories in charitable giving. As community foundation leaders, we need to understand the impact of this growth and ensure that those who manage and donate to these funds adhere to best practices. Publication date: August 20, 2018

    The rapid growth of donor-advised funds (DAFs) is one of the major stories in charitable giving. As community foundation leaders, we need to understand the impact of this growth and ensure that those who manage and donate to these funds adhere to best practices.

    Publication date: August 20, 2018

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Strategic Management: Promote organizational mission and goals and inspire colleagues to achieve them.


  • Systemic Failure: Four Reasons Philanthropy Keeps Losing the Battle Against Inequality

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    Funders working for equity and against inequality are getting their butts kicked. Why is that? Original publication date: January 10, 2018

    Funders working for equity and against inequality are getting their butts kicked. That said, there’s much that philanthropy can do to promote equity—and more funders have stepped forward to work on this challenge with big hopes. 

    But here, in a nutshell, is why grantmaker efforts tend to yield so little success: Because equity-minded foundations keep failing to zero in on the all-important sphere of political economy. Inequality mainly stems from how the U.S. economy works and, critically, the range of public policies and power arrangements that govern economic life. Yet, instead of focusing laser-like on this fundamental reality, funders embrace overly diffuse, often localized strategies that yield few larger systemic gains. They win battles here and there, while losing the war.

    Publication date: January 10, 2018

    David Callahan

    Writer

    Inside Philanthropy

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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



  • A Good Enough Grant Application Process

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    Components of what good enough application process elements look like. Publication date: August 29, 2018

    There are two categories of things that can make an online application processes smooth or rocky: foundation-driven requirements and system mechanics. What your foundation decides about requirements is primary. When these requirements are reasonable and clear, they foster clear communication, well-focused funding requests, and mutual respect. Meanwhile, good system mechanics are nearly invisible in their good design and leave users happy. 

    Publication date: August 29, 2018

    Alice Cottingham

    Consultant to Grantmaking Foundations

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

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

  • Nuggets of Wisdom and Other Nonsense

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    A conversation with Deborah Hessler, a retired program officer who had a 33 year career in philanthropy. Original air date: August 23, 2018

    A conversation with Deborah Hessler, a retired program officer who had a 33 year career in philanthropy.

    A Florida Regional Chapter event.

    Original air date: August 23, 2018

    Deborah Hessler

    Retired Program Officer

  • Grants Management and the Historical Record: Will You Be Part of It?

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    Do you need guidance to help determine what records you should be retaining, for how long, and for what reason? Records, in both paper and electronic form, serve as the corporate memory of an organization; they document, support, and guide daily operations. These materials also form the basis for the long-term archival record that documents the history and development of an organization, its initiatives, and the impact it has within its field and within broader historical context. Original air date: August 29, 2018

    Do you need guidance to help determine what records you should be retaining, for how long, and for what reason? Records, in both paper and electronic form, serve as the corporate memory of an organization; they document, support, and guide daily operations. These materials also form the basis for the long-term archival record that documents the history and development of an organization, its initiatives, and the impact it has within its field and within broader historical context.

    Viewers will:

    • learn best practices in record-keeping;
    • understand reasons for records retention (i.e., regulatory, business need, historical significance);
    • hear guidance and considerations to help determine what kinds of records should be retained and for how long;
    • build awareness of historical significance of foundation records;
    • understand document management considerations for paper, digital, and born-digital records; and
    • hear real-life examples of records retention schedules.

    A program of the Southern California Regional Chapter.

    Original air date: August 29, 2018

    Nancy Enneking

    Head, Institutional Records & Archives

    Getty Research Institute

    Laura Cogburn

    Head, Grants Administration

    Getty Foundation

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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


  • Creating the Agile Grants Management Team

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    Today’s environmental, political, and talent management challenges make organizational agility critical to grantmaking. Agile organizations are able to engage cross-functional teams, focus and re-focus staff as demand changes, and coordinate people across projects and departments—productively and efficiently. Personalized learning, based on competency models such as PEAK Grantmaking’s Grants Management Professional Competency Model, make organizational agility possible by ensuring that teams are prepared to serve their organization’s grantees and missions effectively. Publication date: August 23, 2018

    Today’s environmental, political, and talent management challenges make organizational agility critical to grantmaking. Agile organizations are able to engage cross-functional teams, focus and re-focus staff as demand changes, and coordinate people across projects and departments—productively and efficiently. Personalized learning, based on competency models such as PEAK Grantmaking’s Grants Management Professional Competency Model, make organizational agility possible by ensuring that teams are prepared to serve their organization’s grantees and missions effectively.

    Publication date: August 23, 2018

    Liz Bicer

    Education Director

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Staff and Volunteer Development: Build the capacity of staff and volunteers to be successful in their grantmaking role.



  • From the Shelf to the Field: Reporting as a Strategic Communications Opportunity

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    Evaluators of philanthropic initiatives, or of broader portfolios of programs, can play an important role in guiding foundations on how to turn reporting mandates into ongoing opportunities to share learning and articulate impact. Publication date: August 15, 2018

    Evaluators of philanthropic initiatives, or of broader portfolios of programs, can play an important role in guiding foundations on how to turn reporting mandates into ongoing opportunities to share learning and articulate impact. 

    A central aspect of this guidance is to position the required reports into components of a broader strategic communications plan that focuses on telling a comprehensive story about the program over the course of the investment. Evaluators can collaborate with funders, as partners in learning, to craft this communications strategy. There are a couple important ways to make this happen.

    Publication date: August 15, 2018

    ​Seth Klukoff

    Senior Director of Communications

    Equal Measure

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • 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.