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  • Staying Connected: How Five Foundations Understand Those They Seek to Help

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    To learn more about how foundations cultivate an understanding of those they and their grantees are ultimately seeking to serve, the Center for Effective Philanthropy interviewed CEOs and program staff from five foundations that have participated in CEP’s Grantee Perception Report® (GPR). These five foundations ranked among the top 15 percent of the 86 foundations that commissioned a GPR between 2016 and 2017, according to how the grantees they fund rated the foundations on the following questions: • How well does the foundation understand your intended beneficiaries’ needs? • To what extent do the foundation’s funding priorities reflect a deep understanding of your intended beneficiaries’ needs? This report features profiles illustrating how each foundation develops its understanding of beneficiary needs and incorporates that understanding into its work. Publication date: December 2017

    To learn more about how foundations cultivate an understanding of those they and their grantees are ultimately seeking to serve, the Center for Effective Philanthropy interviewed CEOs and program staff from five foundations that have participated in CEP’s Grantee Perception Report® (GPR). These five foundations ranked among the top 15 percent of the 86 foundations that commissioned a GPR between 2016 and 2017, according to how the grantees they fund rated the foundations on the following questions:

    • How well does the foundation understand your intended beneficiaries’ needs?
    • To what extent do the foundation’s funding priorities reflect a deep understanding of your intended beneficiaries’ needs?

    This report features profiles illustrating how each foundation develops its understanding of beneficiary needs and incorporates that understanding into its work. 

    Jennifer Glickman

    Manager, Research

    Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

    Matthew Leiwant

    Assistant Manager, Research

    Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

    Ellie Buteau

    Vice President, Research

    Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

  • Why Demographic Data Matters

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    Grantmakers occupy a powerful space between power and privilege in the social change sector. As such, they have a unique opportunity—and responsibility—to work proactively toward equity and inclusivity. Increasingly, grantmaking institutions are challenging themselves to not just talk the talk, but walk the walk, when it comes to equity. Publication date: December 13, 2017

    PEAK Grantmaking believes that having a common approach to demographic data will allow that data to be transformed into information and knowledge, strengthening the field.  More consistency in grantmaker practice is also critical to grantees who are the source of the data.  

    ​Michelle Greanias

    Executive Director

    PEAK Grantmaking

    Michelle Greanias, executive director of PEAK Grantmaking, is a passionate advocate for efficient and effective grantmaking and is deeply committed to elevating the value of grantmaking practices in philanthropy. Since 2008, Michelle has led the explosive growth of PEAK Grantmaking, making it one of the largest networks in the field.

    Michelle has spent most of her career in corporate philanthropy, leading grants management teams to implement efficient, effective grantmaking practices. She has also overseen program-related investments; engaged in projects to facilitate socially responsible investments in housing and community development; and managed employee giving programs.

    Michelle speaks and writes regularly on effective grants management practices and has consulted with government and private sector grants programs to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their grantmaking operations.

    Michelle serves on the GuideStar Advisory Council and on the National Panel for GrantAdvisor. She holds bachelor’s degrees in international relations and French/West European studies and a master’s in business administration from The American University.

  • Learning Module: Assessing the How of Grantmaking (Principle: Steward Responsively)

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    This learning module examines the five core questions foundations should consider when creating and carrying out their grantmaking process. These questions cover grant structure, organization mission and intentions, process efficiency, effective communications, and support of grantees. Grantmakers should strive to continuously examine and improve their processes.

    This learning module examines the five core questions foundations should consider when creating and carrying out their grantmaking process. These questions cover grant structure, organization mission and intentions, process efficiency, effective communications, and support of grantees. Grantmakers should strive to continuously examine and improve their processes. Webinar run time: 70 minutes.

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    We have also provided additional resources to support your learning, which you can continue to consult as needed. 

    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.
    • Post-Grant: Review grantmaking to determine success in meeting goals and objectives.
  • We Need a New Definition of Effectiveness

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    "We’ve recognized problems with most ways effectiveness is defined for nonprofits.... [T]he ability to assess and achieve results does not mean that an organization is inherently effective – especially if program models and theories of change are rooted in false narratives about the causes of inequity, or if the results are not those most desired by the people and communities being served." Publication date: December 4, 2017

    "We’ve recognized problems with most ways effectiveness is defined for nonprofits.... [T]he ability to assess and achieve results does not mean that an organization is inherently effective – especially if program models and theories of change are rooted in false narratives about the causes of inequity, or if the results are not those most desired by the people and communities being served.

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    "Work to define effectiveness has typically come from white organizations – prominent consulting firms, think tanks, universities, philanthropy and management support organizations. These institutions have advanced ideas about effectiveness that have unwittingly perpetuated or even exacerbated inequity in the nonprofit sector."

    Kathleen P. Enright

    President and CEO

    Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO)

  • How the Concept of Effectiveness Has Screwed Nonprofits and the People We Serve

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    "Effectiveness has been defined mainly by white organizations, and because #EffectivenessSoWhite, it has a whole bunch of flaws and causes a lot of problems." Publication date: December 11, 2017

    "Effectiveness has been defined mainly by white organizations, and because #EffectivenessSoWhite, it has a whole bunch of flaws and causes a lot of problems."

    Vu Le

    Executive Director

    Rainier Valley Corps

  • Learning Module: Let's Be Clear: The Importance of Transparency (Principle: Steward Responsively)

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    This learning module explores the benefits of transparency, including better relationships with grantees, increased collaboration, reduced duplication of effort, and a community of shared learning.

    Calls for greater transparency and accountability in the philanthropic sector are nothing new, but as people today access more information online, public expectation about what information is made available is increasing at a rapid pace. Are funders truly harnessing the promise that today's digital media, open data, and networked mindset hold for philanthropy? Watch this webinar to learn how some organizations are embracing the power of online transparency to improve relationships with grantees, facilitate greater collaboration, reduce duplication of effort, and cultivate a community of shared learning. Participants will:

    • increase awareness and understanding of the need for transparency in philanthropy;
    • increase awareness and understanding of the Glasspockets initiative and key lessons from GrantCraft how-to guide on foundation transparency; and
    • learn how two foundations are improving understanding of their work through increased transparency efforts.

    Webinar run time: 90 minutes.

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    We have also provided additional resources to support your learning, which you can continue to consult as needed. 

    Grants Management Professional Competency Model

    Cross-Cutting Competencies

    • Communications: Listen to others and communicate effectively.
  • Florida Regional Chapter Webinar: Fluxx Database Show-and-Tell

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    Curious about different grant management systems? Interested in seeing some examples from your peers? Join us for a series of presentations for a GMS Show and Tell! We will kick it off with three presenters – Mark Walker from Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Dan Schoenfield from Knight Foundation, and Jaime Dixon from the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg – in December to see how each funder uses their Fluxx system. Original air date: December 6, 2017

    Curious about different grant management systems? Interested in seeing some examples from your peers?

    Join us for a series of presentations for a GMS Show and Tell! We will kick it off with three presenters – Mark Walker from Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Dan Schoenfield from Knight Foundation, and Jaime Dixon from the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg – in December to see how each funder uses their Fluxx system.

    Mark Walker

    Knowledge Management and Technology Officer

    Jessie Ball duPont Fund

    ​Dan Schoenfeld

    Chief Evangelist

    Fluxx

    ​Jaime Dixon

    Program Officer - Community Investments

    Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

  • A Consumer's Guide to Grants Management Systems, 2016 report and 2017 supplement

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    The 2016 Consumer's Guide to Grants Management Systems, plus the 2017 vendor update.

    The 2016 Consumer's Guide to Grants Management Systems, plus the 2017 vendor update.

  • The Healing Power of “No”

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    "In the case of philanthropy, it’s often those of us on the giving side who have decided against granting dollars to a particular group, but then don’t want to hurt the collective feelings of those running said local nonprofit." Publication date: December 6, 2017

    "Throw away the standard rejection form letter and take just a few minutes to explain the reasoning behind your board's 'no.'"

    ​Scott Brazda

    Executive Director

    The Stuller Family Foundation

  • Cross-Border Philanthropy and Counterterrorism Regulations: Guidance for U.S. Grantmakers

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    While opportunities abound for U.S. grantmakers to make a positive difference around the globe, grantmakers need to be aware of important regulatory requirements, particularly pertaining to anti-terrorist financing. Publication date: November 24, 2017

    While opportunities abound for U.S. grantmakers to make a positive difference around the globe, grantmakers need to be aware of important regulatory requirements, particularly pertaining to anti-terrorist financing. 

    The goal of this article is to orient U.S. grantmakers to these issues by introducing the relevant measures and responsible agencies, discussing the consequences of noncompliance, providing recommendations on how best to reduce the risks of diverting funds, and identifying key resources.

    Andrzej Kozlowski

    Principal

    Paragon Philanthropy

    Kia Sullivan, Esq.

    Founder

    SourcePoint Philanthropy