Inside Foundant – the Blog

Awareness of Self, Partners, and Field Essential to Building Organization and Sector Capacity

By Eliza Smith – Special Projects Associate for Glasspockets at Foundation Center – San Francisco Original Post: Transparency Talk In an open session held at Foundation Center in San Francisco on April 29, we explored two exciting tools to help those in the social sector get smarter about building organizational and sector capacity—through awareness. As we explored Foundation Center’s data visualization tool, Foundation Maps Professional 2.0, and …     Continue Reading »

Intentional Philanthropy: A Framework

By Sara J. Redington Originally posted on The Miles Foundation’s blog Exponent Philanthropy’s 2015 Next Gen Fellows Program kicked off last week with a training intensive in Washington, D.C. Besides enjoying unseasonably warm weather and a robust conversation with foundation leaders from across the country, I was immediately captured by the intentionality with which the Exponent faculty and Next Gen Fellows approached their work. These …     Continue Reading »

A Formula for Achieving Impact

Originally posted on Exponent Philanthropy’s PhilanthroFiles – June 1, 2015.  Remember the first time you were asked to speak in front of an audience? Probably you were inclined to decline. Perhaps you thought you would embarrass yourself somehow. You were likely a bit frightened to step into the limelight. You eventually said yes, though. Accepting the invitation to make more of an impact with your grantmaking …     Continue Reading »

Meet Allison Bender – Foundant’s Newest Client Services Representative

I grew up in a town in Northern Idaho called St. Maries, and was lucky enough to come to the State of Montana for college. I can thank my college experiences, working at a rafting company in Glacier National Park in the summers, for cultivating my love for the outdoors. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work in two completely different industries in my time …     Continue Reading »

Notes from a Young Foundation

When friends in our small town ask what I’ve been doing lately, it’s hard to know where to begin. I work for a brand-new, 60 year old foundation. The roots of the Fauquier Health Foundation stretch to the 1950s. That makes us one of the older charitable organizations in this largely rural community near the foot of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Begun through the efforts …     Continue Reading »