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  • The Future Is Now: Incorporating Predictive Analytics into Outcomes Analysis

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    Session slides from GMN2017.

    Session slides from GMN2017.

    Most grantmakers today recognize the importance of outcomes analysis, but many don’t realize that it’s only a starting point in their analytics journey. The next, and arguably more important, step is incorporating predictive analytics into the equation. Many don’t understand predictive analytics and, more realistically, most don’t know how to get started with it and what steps to take.

    This presentation will review the steps in leveraging predictive analytics – from business objective through to deploying predictive analytics. By looking at the Cross Industry Standard Process for Data Mining (CRISP-DM) approach, this session will provide a roadmap for implementing predictive analytics into foundations and nonprofits. The methodology consists of six distinct phases and offers a set of guideposts for predictive analytics: business understanding, data understanding, data preparation, modeling, evaluation, and deployment.

    We’ll also share some of the pitfalls commonly encountered while implementing a predictive analytics model.

    Participants will:
    * Find out why outcome analysis alone isn’t enough and how predictive analytics can provide a fuller, future-view of your grantmaking
    * Learn a methodology for building a predictive analytics model in your organization
    * Gain an understanding of common pitfalls other have encountered when building predictive analytics methodologies

    John McConnell

    Founder

    Analytical People

  • Getting Upstream: How Grants Management Can Grow Its Influence

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    Session information from GMN2017.

    Session information from GMN2017.

    The work of grants management professionals has become increasingly vital as funders seek to grow the impact of philanthropic investments, increase transparency, and ensure that internal processes are efficient and effective. Grants managers are embracing new roles as process specialists, data analysts, relationship experts, troubleshooters, and quality control officers. Many serve on the front lines of organizational learning and strategy. While some of this shift reflects technological advances or goes along with broad organizational changes precipitated by the CEO, grants management can also catalyze changes and take advantage of inflection points to gain more influence. In this session, we’ll discuss promising structures and behaviors, and explore the expanded role for grants management in your own setting.

    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.

    Marcus McGrew

    Director of Program Operations and Information Management

    The Kresge Foundation

  • Responsive vs. Strategic Grantmaking: Exploring the Options

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    In philanthropy, there is much written about responsive and strategic approaches to philanthropy. Which approach is the most appropriate? Meaningful? Effective? While there is always room for both approaches, it’s important for foundations to understand each one to determine when one approach may be preferable to another.

    In philanthropy, there is much written about responsive and strategic approaches to philanthropy. Which approach is the most appropriate? Meaningful? Effective? While there is always room for both approaches, it’s important for foundations to understand each one to determine when one approach may be preferable to another. 

    In this guide, you’ll discover:

    • The definition of responsive vs. strategic grantmaking
    • The pros and cons of responsive vs. strategic grantmaking
    • 10 tips for getting started in strategic grantmaking
    • 5 mistakes to avoid when focusing on your grantmaking
    • A board’s role in determining direction and strategy

    Downloadable report from Putnam Consulting Group.

    Kris Putnam-Walkerly

    President

    Putnam Consulting Group

  • Five Best Practices of Extraordinary Grantmakers

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    What extraordinary grantmakers can teach us. Publication date: January 10, 2018

    What extraordinary grantmakers can teach us about innovation, the abundance mindset, streamlining, learning, and collaboration.

    Publication date: January 10, 2018

    Kris Putnam-Walkerly

    President

    Putnam Consulting Group

  • Donor-Advised Funds Grantors Prefer Education Over Religion

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    DAF account holders and general donors shared three of the same top four subsectors to which they gave between 2010 and 2015, but the priorities skewed differently. Education (28 percent of average yearly contribution) was the top subsector for DAF grants followed by public-society benefit (15 percent), religion (14 percent), and human services (11 percent). General donations, by yearly contribution, favored religion (32 percent), education (15 percent), human services (12 percent), and foundations (12 percent) during that same time, according to The Data on Donor-Advised Funds: New Insights You Need to Know. Publication date: April 9, 2018

    DAF account holders and general donors shared three of the same top four subsectors to which they gave between 2010 and 2015, but the priorities skewed differently. Education (28 percent of average yearly contribution) was the top subsector for DAF grants followed by public-society benefit (15 percent), religion (14 percent), and human services (11 percent). General donations, by yearly contribution, favored religion (32 percent), education (15 percent), human services (12 percent), and foundations (12 percent) during that same time, according to The Data on Donor-Advised Funds: New Insights You Need to Know.

    Andy Segedin

    Writer

    Nonprofit Times

  • The Data on Donor-Advised Funds

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    This special report from Giving USA fills in gaps in data and understanding about donor-advised funds and takes a rigorous, new, in-depth look at where the money goes. Publication date: February 2018

    This special report from Giving USA fills in gaps in data and understanding about donor-advised funds and takes a rigorous, new, in-depth look at where the money goes.

    Among the topics the report explores:

    • How much do donor-advised funds give to nonprofits annually?
    • Which types of nonprofits do donor-advised funds support, and which types receive the most and the least from donor-advised fund grants?
    • How have these trends changed over time?

    PDF available for purchase from Giving USA for $24.95.

    Publication date: February 2018

  • Open for Transformational Change: How Foundation Transparency Sets the Stage for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

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    For better or worse, the field of philanthropy is a leader in determining what’s important and how social change happens. Whoever holds the purse also holds the power. And with power comes responsibility for foundations to set the gold standard, especially for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ). Publication date: February 14, 2018

    For better or worse, the field of philanthropy is a leader in determining what’s important and how social change happens. Whoever holds the purse also holds the power. And with power comes responsibility for foundations to set the gold standard, especially for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ).

    ​Whitney Tome

    Executive Director

    Green 2.0

  • Thrive at Five: The Secrets of Long-Term Family Philanthropy

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    If you are a newer family foundation with one or two generations on the board, five generations may seem like a long time away. Yet in family philanthropy, quite a few foundations have been operating and thriving for 50, 75, even 100 years. What’s the secret of these family philanthropies that make it five generations or more? How do they stay united over time, over generations, and across family branches? How do they successfully attract and engage younger family members? Publication date: March 2018

    If you are a newer family foundation with one or two generations on the board, five generations may seem like a long time away. Yet in family philanthropy, quite a few foundations have been operating and thriving for 50, 75, even 100 years. What’s the secret of these family philanthropies that make it five generations or more? How do they stay united over time, over generations, and across family branches? How do they successfully attract and engage younger family members?

  • Grant Making with a Racial Equity Lens

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    In this guide, grantmakers explain why a focus on racial equity gives them a powerful "lens" for understanding and advancing their work. Drawing on firsthand experiences, the guide offers advice on promoting and deepening your foundation's commitment to racial equity, both internally and in the programs you support. Publication date: May 2007

    In this guide, grantmakers explain why a focus on racial equity gives them a powerful "lens" for understanding and advancing their work. Drawing on firsthand experiences, the guide offers advice on promoting and deepening your foundation's commitment to racial equity, both internally and in the programs you support.

  • The Equity Journey: NewSchools Venture Fund and Lumina Foundation Pursue Diversity on the Road to Equity

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    This case study from Grantmakers in Education profiles the equity efforts of two grantmakers represented on the Equity Impact Group steering committee: NewSchools Venture Fund and Lumina Foundation. By sharing their equity journey, including strategies they have pursued and lessons learned along the way, they hope to fuel the efforts of other grantmakers who are seeking to move from intention to action. Publication date: September 2017

    This case study from Grantmakers for Education profiles the equity efforts of two grantmakers represented on the Equity Impact Group steering committee: NewSchools Venture Fund and Lumina Foundation. By sharing their equity journey, including strategies they have pursued and lessons learned along the way, they hope to fuel the efforts of other grantmakers who are seeking to move from intention to action.

    Christina A. Russell

    Managing Director

    Policy Studies Associates