Clear all

23 results found

reorder grid_view

Increasing Speed in Philanthropy

November 2, 2018

In philanthropy, we seem to be perpetually rushing from one thing to the next, both as individuals and as an entire industry. There's always a new technology to learn, more grant applications to evaluate, and another nonprofit coalition forming. Yet while everyone is moving quickly and feeling busy, the real change we seek comes along at the pace of snails. We're spending so much time working harder that we're not thinking about how we can work smarter. To start focusing on impact instead of deadlines, we need to change both the mindset and the work patterns that hold us back. And to do that we need to slow down — to question, brainstorm, and plan — so that we can move fast when it comes adapting to the dynamic changes of philanthropy.Why is this important? Because every delay prevents our ability to have an impact — and impact in philanthropyis about people's lives. When we're talking about ensuring access to high-quality preschools, preventing drug overdoses, or reforming immigration policies, we are talking about changing people's lives. And if we believe that what we do matters, then we should seek to make dramatic improvements as quickly as we can. 

Fostering Innovation in Philanthropy

August 7, 2017

Innovation is a buzzword with growing resonance in the philanthropic community. But how are foundations going about adopting innovative practices? In this guide, you'll learn the definition of "innovation"; 8 approaches to philanthropic innovation; key practices of innovative funders; recommendations to become innovative and support innovation; and more.

Responsive vs. Strategic Grantmaking: Exploring the Options

August 7, 2017

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 grantmakingThe pros and cons of responsive vs. strategic grantmaking10 tips for getting started in strategic grantmaking5 mistakes to avoid when focusing on your grantmakingA board's role in determining direction and strategy

The Role of Philanthropy in Systems Change

August 7, 2017

In order to change outcomes, grantmakers have to become engaged in systems change. This paper offers a scan of the work of systems change with the philanthropic field, and provides an overview of the approaches many grantmakers are using. 

Delusional Altruism: Avoiding Self-Deception and Disrespect

May 11, 2017

Our new white paper explains the damage that Delusional Altruism can do to your philanthropic effectiveness. Including real-world examples from funders just like you. Most importantly, it provides a roadmap for escape.Here's a sample of what you'll learn:What is delusional altruism?How to streamline & simplify your grant processHow to identify and emphasize the right prioritiesHow to spend more time with the communities you serve, and less on burdensome paperworkWhy investment in a funder's capacity pay such huge dividends in philanthropic resultsHow to overcoming delusion: ten things you can do right now

Don't Do This: 10 Mistakes New Foundation Boards Make, and How to Avoid Them

March 10, 2017

A new foundation board may be made up of veteran philanthropists, but I'll wager that, more often than not, many of those entrusted are taking on the job for the first time. It's a big responsibility, and many of the early choices made by a new board can determine whether the new foundation will move forward smoothly and effectively or become mired in a culture or in policies that stifle effectiveness. With that in mind, here are 10 mistakes that new foundation boards often make, and how to avoid them.

The Road to Achieving Equity 12 Findings from a Field Scan of Foundations That Are Embracing Equity

August 31, 2016

Over the past few years, equity has emerged as a key issue in American society, described as the "defining issue of our time" by authors and speakers in various fields. In the first half of 2016, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked Putnam Consulting Group to conduct a field scan to learn how other foundations are working to incorporate equity -- both in their internal operations and in their grantmaking. They conducted 30 conversations with staff leaders at 15 foundations considered by their peers to be on the forefront in embracing equity.

Many Voices, One Goal: How an informal foundation collaborative helping make California history

December 10, 2014

In 2013, the state of California passed sweeping changes in the way it funds public schools. New legislation shifted $50 billion from a convoluted, very ineffective and inequitable system to a new system, called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), by which funds flow more equitably to school districts.This unprecedented change in education finance didn't happen overnight. It came only after copious research from leading academic institutions, mobilization by dozens of advocacy organizations, leadership from key elected officials, and the support of private philanthropy. This is a case study of the role of philanthropy in providing resources and support for the development of statewide policy for the benefit of students.

Generating Change: Crisis Averted: Supporting Leadership Transitions

April 26, 2012

A look at how the Annie E. Casey Foundation helped a grantee on the verge of collapse manage a successful executive transtion and create a successful turnaround.

Generating Change: Developing Leaders for a National Movement

April 26, 2012

Describes how the Pipeline Project, with support from the Gill Foundation, created a customized, yearlong professional development experience to help increase the number of leaders of color in the LGBT movement.

Generating Change: Helping Leaders Reinvent and Restructure

April 26, 2012

Documents how the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund supported the new exectutive director at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services with executive coaching services as she completely transformed the organization after suceeding a well-respected, long-term predecessor.

Generating Change: Internships that Strengthen the Sector

April 26, 2012

A case study describing the Cleveland Foundation's dynamic, high-quality internship program for local college students, designed to combat "brain drain" and attract new talent to Cleveland's nonprofit sector.