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  • 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?

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    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

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    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.

  • Busting Philanthropy’s Myths about Native Americans

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    The early stigmatization and dehumanization of Native people has wrongly stood the test of time and continues to marginalize and exclude Native people in all circles of American life today—including within philanthropy. Publication date: August 27, 2018

    The early stigmatization and dehumanization of Native people has wrongly stood the test of time and continues to marginalize and exclude Native people in all circles of American life today—including within philanthropy.

    The recent report released by First Nations Development Institute and Frontline Solutions, We Need to Change How We Think: Perspectives on Philanthropy’s Underfunding of Native Communities and Causes, documents that individuals working within philanthropy hold stereotypes and misinformation about Native American people and communities. Those stereotypes and misinformation, no doubt, contribute to the marginalization and exclusion of Native people in their interactions with philanthropy.

    This article presents counterpoints to several myths about Native Americans.

    Publication date: August 27, 2018

    ​Raymond Foxworth, Ph.D

    Vice President of Grantmaking, Development, and Communications

    First Nations Development Institute

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

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

  • How to Lose/Retain Diverse Leaders in 365 Days

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    Incorporating these seven components within your organization will send leaders of color packing. Publication date: October 5, 2018

    Seven things your organization shouldn't do if it wants to have diverse leadership.

    Publication date: October 5, 2018

    Leniece Flowers Brissett

    Founder and CEO

    Compass Talent Group

    ​Kerrien Suarez

    Director

    Equity in the Center

    Andrew Plumley

    Senior Program Manager

    Equity in the Center

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • 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.
  • Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking

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    Funders are increasingly looking to engage the communities they serve in the grantmaking process, but there are few resources about how to do so. This guide from GrantCraft explores how funders can engage in participatory grantmaking and cede decision-making power about funding decisions to the very communities they aim to serve. Publication date: October 2018

    Funders are increasingly looking to engage the communities they serve in the grantmaking process, but there are few resources about how to do so. This guide from GrantCraft explores how funders can engage in participatory grantmaking and cede decision-making power about funding decisions to the very communities they aim to serve.

    The author defines participatory grantmaking, describes its core elements, and explores benefits and challenges.

    Publication date: October 2018

    Cynthia Gibson

    Principal

    Cynthesis Consulting

    ​Jen Bokoff

    Director of Stakeholder Engagement

    Foundation Center

    Jen Bokoff is the director of stakeholder engagement at Foundation Center. She develops partnerships and projects that build knowledge and strategy for grantmakers. She likes asking "so what?" to push Foundation Center's data-driven work to be as valuable and actionable as it can be to social sector changemakers. She also runs GrantCraft, a free service that taps the practical wisdom of funders to improve the collective knowledge of the philanthropy field. In her role, Jen regularly speaks at conferences and facilitates workshops with funders, and connects people to resources, ideas, and one another. A graduate of Tufts University, Jen studied community health and sociology. She serves on the Alumni Council as the chair of the development committee and also serves on an advisory committee for The Moth’s education programs. In her spare time, she is an amateur comedic improviser, avid Brooklyn nerd, and second base woman on Foundation Center's winning-in-spirit softball team.

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Communications: Listen to others and communicate effectively.
    • 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.

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

  • Assessing Nonprofit Capacity: A Guide to Tools and a Database of Tools

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    Nonprofits come in all different shapes and sizes. They have different program and geographic areas, staff and budget sizes, and approaches to their work. They also have something important in common: the need to be a healthy organization to effectively provide services, conduct research, and adapt to emerging needs. But what is the best way to gauge whether an organization is healthy? Publication date: October 2017

    Nonprofits come in all different shapes and sizes. They have different program and geographic areas, staff and budget sizes, and approaches to their work. They also have something important in common: the need to be a healthy organization to effectively provide services, conduct research, and adapt to emerging needs.  But what is the best way to gauge whether an organization is healthy?

    Organizational assessment tools often gauge an organization’s strategic focus, leadership and management, governance, human resource capacity, financial and fundraising structure, and learning and evaluation ability. These tools support a nonprofit to assess and determine which capacity areas need to be strengthened, and can facilitate important discussions among leadership, board, and staff to help shape resulting priorities.

    Includes tools, checklists and guides, as well as a memo describing tool types and best practices based on user experience interviews.

    Publication date: October 2017

    Prithi Trivedi​

    ​Program Fellow, Effective Philanthropy Group

    William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

    Jennifer Wei

    Organizational Effectiveness Officer, Effective Philanthropy Group

    William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

    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.

  • Expectations for All

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    Alice Cottingham examines the question of nonprofits merging as a way to streamline. Publication date: October 3, 2018

    Alice Cottingham examines the question of nonprofits merging as a way to streamline.

    Publication date: October 3, 2018

    Alice Cottingham

    Consultant to Grantmaking Foundations