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Top Ten Philanthropy Resources: March part 2

Monday, March 28, 2016

Our top ten philanthropy resources from around the sector including tips for creating better foundation websites, strategies for developing and educating board members, latest videos in Exponent Phlanthropy's Philanthropy Lessons video series, and commentary on how foundations should cover their grantee's full project costs.

  1. A Conversation With Fred Ali, President/CEO, Weingart Foundation (Philanthropy News Digest- Foundation Center)
    Fred Ali, now CEO of the Weingart Foundation, is quickly becoming a champion for the full cost funding movement. In this conversation, Ali reflects on his previous experiences as a nonprofit executive which now guides his relationships with grantees.
  2. A Foundation Website for Sore Eyes (Center for Effective Philanthropy)
    In their recent study “Sharing What Matters,” the Center for Effective Philanthropy analyzed 73 websites. After seeing the good, the bad, and the ugly, they provide tips for creating attractive and easy-to-navigate websites.
  3. Forgetting Failure (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
    With the recent move to embracing our own failures to move forward with better models, June Wang encourages the emphasis to also turn to how to do things better rather than simply focusing on what went wrong. 
  4. While we usually conceptualize social movements as rallies around the U.S. capitol building or marches down the street, big bets by philanthropists have propelled some of the most powerful social movements in history into high visibility. High aspirations can lead to big payoff when funders invest and stay for the long haul. 
  5. While government-funded projects contracted to nonprofits have come under scrutiny, Aimee Simpierre argues the same full cost demands must be put on private foundations if nonprofits are to continue their work in the social sector.  
  6. Among others, Stephen Alexander suggests creating ongoing education opportunities, leveraging member expertise, and creating a specific education board position to continually develop a strong, effective board for your organization. 
  7. The Theory of the Foundation  (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
    Rockefeller Philanthropy Foundation Advisor Melissa Berman suggests a theory of the foundation to give the sector a framework from which to analyze and assess various foundation models. 
  8. The Three Sources for Foundation Influence (Philanthropy News Digest- Foundation Center)
    Foundations are usually modest organizations, rarely bragging about their accomplishments and contributions as their governmental and for-profit counterparts often do. Brad Smith, President of Foundation Center, argues foundation’s flexible money, convening power, and accumulated knowledge give them an edge which they should harness to bring more problem-solvers together. 
  9. When Was The Last Time You Talked About Racism? (Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers)
    Tamara Copeland, President of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers asks readers to follow her lead by putting racism on their metaphorical tables, committing time each week to explore issues facing our nation today. 
  10. While experimentation seems risky, grantmakers are faced with tremendous opportunities when they bring grantees together. Exponent Philanthropy recently created a video series in which grant makers share their views on the value of nonprofit collaboration, hoping to inspire others to do the same.