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Top Ten Philanthropy Resources: April part 1

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Our top ten philanthropy resources from around the sector including lessons learned from youth grantmakers, core principles for high impact philanthropy, evaluation dashboards, and how one foundation uses a word game to gain group clarity on words used regularly in their work.

  1. Paul Sullivan outlines the art and benefit of saying no, both as a philanthropist and as a denied potential grantee. Saying no to even the worthiest causes and organizations clarifies a foundation’s mission. 
  2. After 8 years as a program officer with the Hewlett Foundation, Dana Schmidt gives five lessons learned facilitating social change.  
  3. Losing key employees at a foundation is a scary thought. Diana Davenport of The Commonwealth Fund suggests creating both an emergency and a formal succession plan so organizations are able to cope with losing core staff members. 
  4. The John R. Oishei Foundation recently celebrated its 75th birthday by creating an interactive timeline outlining their community impact. Communications Director Sally Crowley shares their implementation process and thoughts on the initiative’s success.
  5. Jen Bokoff, GrantCraft, argues the “me me me” stereotype plaguing youth today could not be more wrong. Outlined are seven invaluable lessons learned by young innovators who are strengthening philanthropy.
  6. The Noyce Foundation: Ten core principles for hands-on, high impact philanthropy (National Center for Family Philanthropy)
    The Noyce Foundation describes the ten core principles guiding their approach to grantmaking, reflective of a ten year quest to create high impact philanthropy.
  7. While government funds are shrinking, donor-advised funds and family foundations are growing. Law professor Ray Madoff argues the time for thinking about when foundations are allowed to hold their assets is now.
  8. Creating effective dashboards can help you learn, communicate, improve your grantmaking impact. Julie Slay and Marissa Guerrero provide a sample dashboard for your organization. 
  9. Carina Wong, deputy director of the Gates Foundation, argues using a top-down or bottom-up strategy is a false choice. Rather, choose a strategy that sees engagement as an opportunity to capture the biggest innovations constituents have to offer.
  10. Words With PFriends (GrantCraft)
    The William Penn Foundation created a word game for their staff, many of whom are relatively new, to help them better understand the true meaning of words used repeatedly in their operations. 


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