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Resource Roundup: Best of January 2017

January has flown by! But that didn’t stop the philanthropic sector from creating the usual great content. Here’s a roundup of our favorites from January 2017: Exponent Philanthropy, Philanthrofiles Trust is Essential to Changemaking; Funders Must Take the First Step By Andy Carroll, Exponent Philanthropy, and Colleen O’Keefe, Sauer Family Foundation In any group or in any relationship, trust is the feeling that allows people to …     Continue Reading »

How One Community Foundation Quadrupled Their Activity without Increasing Staff

Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF) is located in a small, but very active community in the northwest corner of Washington State. In 2011, with assets of $4 million spread across 70+ funds, they had outgrown their “off the shelf” bookkeeping software. Over half their limited staff time was spent on accounting, but they struggled with finding a technology solution that was the right fit. Existing …     Continue Reading »

Hello, Customer Service? Are You There?

I recently received my annual family Christmas cards in the mail… sans picture. Yep, beautiful cards on amazing matte card stock with a festive tree and “Happy Holidays from the Laird Family”… no picture. This was a new company I used because (I’m ashamed to say) the price was simply lower and it seemed really easy. But, when I reached out to customer service… crickets. …     Continue Reading »

Resource Roundup: Best of 2016

One of our favorite things about working in the philanthropic industry is the wealth of resources available across the sector. As we come to the end of the first week of the new year, we wanted to share just a few of our favorite resources from the amazing partners we have the privilege of working with every day. Via Philanthropy NorthWest Sindhu Knotz, of The …     Continue Reading »

Working with Grantees: A Relationship Worth Building

When I first began my dive into the philanthropy industry, the thing that always fascinated me was the give and take dynamic between a funder and their grantees. I’ve been amazed at the different ways of going about it; some funders choose a hands off approach, while others develop close and long lasting relationships with those they fund. Both have their benefits and drawbacks–what works …     Continue Reading »