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  • “Because It’s Hard” Is Not an Excuse – Challenges in Collecting and Using Demographic Data for Grantmaking

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    Generally, about half of all grantmakers are collecting demographic data either about the communities they are serving or about the leaders of the nonprofits they have supported. For those who reported that they found the collection and use of this data to be challenging, our researcher dug a little deeper and asked about the challenges they were seeing. Publication date: August 21, 2018

    Generally, about half of all grantmakers are collecting demographic data either about the communities they are serving or about the leaders of the nonprofits they have supported. For those who reported that they found the collection and use of this data to be challenging, our researcher dug a little deeper and asked about the challenges they were seeing.

    Challenges include aggregating data and varying data needs across programs. This article presents several suggestions for dealing with these common challenges.

    Publication date: August 21, 2018

    Melissa Sines

    Effective Practices Program Manager

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Melissa works with internal teams, external consultants, volunteer advisory groups, and partner organizations to articulate and highlight the best ways to make grants--effective practices. This body of work will help to define the role of grants management in philanthropic institutions in the United States and across the world.

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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


  • Philanthropy and the Destructive Illusion of “Leveling the Playing Field”

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    "Can the funding field ever be “level”? "I say no. The funding field can never ever truly be leveled, and the hopeful belief that it can has been preventing us from making profound changes in funding practices that would lead to resources going to the communities that are most affected by injustice." Publication date: August 20, 2018

    "Can the funding field ever be “level”?

    "I say no. The funding field can never ever truly be leveled, and the hopeful belief that it can has been preventing us from making profound changes in funding practices that would lead to resources going to the communities that are most affected by injustice.

    "Funders must help figure out which communities are experiencing the most inequity, then target significant long-term funding specifically toward organizations and movements that are visibly led by and serving those communities, demonstrated by the majority of their board and staff, not just their clients, being from those communities."

    Publication date: August 20, 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.


  • Online Systems

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    Most funders have shifted to accepting applications and reports via online grantmaking systems (or by email), but these systems have introduced their own set of issues for grantseekers, and some of them have made nonprofits long for the good ol’ days of submitting ten hard copies. Publication date: August 16, 2018

    Although some holdouts remain, most funders have shifted to accepting applications and reports via online grantmaking systems (or by email). Indeed, moving to an online system or – as is common now – migrating to a new or better grantmaking system tends to be a point for reflection and streamlining for many grantmakers.

    More good news: Grants management and online grantmaking systems have improved a lot! 

    But here’s the bad news: Online grantmaking systems have introduced their own set of issues for grantseekers, and some of them have made nonprofits long for the good ol’ days of submitting ten hard copies.

    Publication date: August 16, 2018

    Jessica Bearman

    Principal

    Bearman Consulting

    JESSICA BEARMAN (Bearman Consulting) works with foundations and other mission-based organizations, focusing on organization development, facilitation, planning, and project R&D to help them become more intentional, effective, and responsive to communities. 

    Jessica has been the lead consultant to PEAK Grantmaking’s Project Streamline since its inception, helping grantmakers to understand and minimize the burden of their application and reporting practices.Prior to her work in philanthropy, Jessica spent nine years in the nonprofit sector, where she experienced plenty of mystifying requirements. She has a Masters in Organization Development from American University/National Training Laboratory. Jessica loves living on an organic farm in Idaho with her husband, two wild boys, forty philosophical chickens, and thousands of industrious bees.

    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.

  • The State of Global Giving by U.S. Foundations, 2011-2015

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    This is the latest report in a decades-long collaboration between Foundation Center and The Council on Foundations and aims to help funders and civil society organizations better navigate the giving landscape as they work to effect change around the world. The analysis reveals that global giving by U.S. foundations increased by 29% from 2011 to 2015, reaching an all-time high of $9.3 billion in 2015. In addition to a detailed analysis of trends by issue area, geographic region, population group, and donor strategy, this analysis also relates these trends to key events and developments, including the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the spread of Ebola in West Africa, and the increasing legal restrictions faced by civil society in countries around the world. Publication date: August 2018

    This is the latest report in a decades-long collaboration between Foundation Center and The Council on Foundations and aims to help funders and civil society organizations better navigate the giving landscape as they work to effect change around the world. 

    The analysis reveals that global giving by U.S. foundations increased by 29% from 2011 to 2015, reaching an all-time high of $9.3 billion in 2015. In addition to a detailed analysis of trends by issue area, geographic region, population group, and donor strategy, this analysis also relates these trends to key events and developments, including the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the spread of Ebola in West Africa, and the increasing legal restrictions faced by civil society in countries around the world.

    Publication date: August 2018

  • One of the Country’s Largest Foundations Is Trying to Change How Philanthropy Works

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    Ford’s BUILD initiative is hitting its stride and starting to see results, including positive survey data from grantees, and emerging anecdotes from organizations that are planning for long-term change and working collaboratively in ways they never could in the past. Publication date: August 14, 2018

    Ford’s BUILD initiative is hitting its stride and starting to see results, including positive survey data from grantees, and emerging anecdotes from organizations that are planning for long-term change and working collaboratively in ways they never could in the past. 

    Prior to BUILD, the foundation had been giving just around 24 percent of its grants as general operating support (meaning an organization can use the funds however it sees fit), and 90 percent of grants were for two years or less. Overall, the most recent data from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy shows just 20 percent of all domestic grantmaking is general support, while the rest is restricted project support. 

    Publication date: August 14, 2018

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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


  • How Foundations Make an Impact

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    Research shows that foundations are motivated by impact in their grantmaking. Publication date: Fall 2018

    Research shows that foundations are motivated by impact in their grantmaking.

    Publication date: Fall 2018

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    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

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

  • The Science of What Makes People Care

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    Effective communication is not simply about getting your message out. It requires you to strategically tap into what shapes people’s feelings and values. Here are five principles pulled from social science that will help you connect your work to what people care most about. Publication date: Fall 2018

    Effective communication is not simply about getting your message out. It requires you to strategically tap into what shapes people’s feelings and values. Here are five principles pulled from social science that will help you connect your work to what people care most about.

    Publication date: Fall 2018

    ​Ann Christiano

    Director of the Center for Public Interest Communications

    College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida

    Annie Neimand

    Research Director for the Center for Public Interest Communications

    College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida 

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Communications: Listen to others and communicate effectively.

  • Funding Feedback

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    Fund for Shared Insight is pooling the cash and convictions of 13 philanthropies to build the field of end-user feedback. The collaborative aims to help nonprofits and funders learn from and empower those they seek to help. Publication date: Fall 2018

    Fund for Shared Insight is pooling the cash and convictions of 13 philanthropies to build the field of end-user feedback. The collaborative aims to help nonprofits and funders learn from and empower those they seek to help. Can its leaders become role models for the positive change they seek to create?

    Publication date: Fall 2018

    Katie Smith Milway

    Senior Advisor

    The Bridgespan Group 

    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.

  • Can Something Do My Work, So I Can Do My Job?

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    Do you have those hamster-wheel days where you get things done but can’t seem to get ahead? The right technology can shift effort and energy away from administration… to allow greater focus on your organization’s mission. Look to software to do your work so you can do your job. Join Bromelkamp Company founder and President Henry A. Bromelkamp to explore ways to leverage the power of your database. Learn how features such as workflows and two-way integration with CRM, Microsoft Outlook, GuideStar, MailChimp, payment systems, and outside data sources can automate routine tasks, so you can spend more time with your stakeholders. If you can think it logically, your technology can do it for you. Original air date: August 16, 2018

    Do you have those hamster-wheel days where you get things done but can’t seem to get ahead? The right technology can shift effort and energy away from administration… to allow greater focus on your organization’s mission. Look to software to do your work so you can do your job.

    Join Bromelkamp Company founder and President Henry A. Bromelkamp to explore ways to leverage the power of your database. Learn how features such as workflows and two-way integration with CRM, Microsoft Outlook, GuideStar, MailChimp, payment systems, and outside data sources can automate routine tasks, so you can spend more time with your stakeholders. If you can think it logically, your technology can do it for you.

    Viewers will:

    • Understand how software can do more than record transactions
    • Discover that repetitive tasks can be “outsourced” to technology
    • Learn that your time may be limited, but software is not
    • Become aware of a world of data outside your office but not outside your reach

    ​Henry A. Bromelkamp

    Company Founder and President

    Bromelkamp Company LLC

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Technology Management: Apply technology solutions to grantmaking to support grantmaker, applicant, and grantee success.


  • The Case for General Operating Support

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    "Now that every one of our grants is for general operating support, we see the depth in which we are able to learn from our grantees. We also see the successes that come when organizations feel trusted and have the flexibility to make decisions on how to best fulfill their mission at any given time." Publication date: August 14, 2018

    "Now that every one of our grants is for general operating support, we see the depth in which we are able to learn from our grantees. We also see the successes that come when organizations feel trusted and have the flexibility to make decisions on how to best fulfill their mission at any given time."

    Publication date: August 14, 2018

    ​Mailee Walker

    Executive Director

    Claneil Foundation

    ​Andrea Bretting

    Senior Program Officer

    Claneil Foundation

    ​Michael Jordan

    Board Chair

    Claneil Foundation

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

    • Award and Monitoring: Establish mutual expectations between the grantmaker and grantee to support success.