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Grantees of the World…

Unite – And Speak Up! by Suzanne Perry Originally posted on TrendTrack, a GrantStation blog.     A few months ago, I was in contact with Jessamyn Shams-Lau, executive director of a California family foundation, and noticed something different about her email signature. Below her name appears the sentence: “You should rate me anonymously here on Funder Feedback.” The link takes you to a series of questions, including: …     Continue Reading »

Outcomes: Making Future Grantmaking Better

Defining success in grantmaking has been a topic of discussion in nonprofit circles for many years. Recently, it has become the hot topic in philanthropic circles. While most grantmakers can agree that helping grantees achieve success with their projects is a key objective, the biggest obstacle is often open communication about results is often limited. Learning from both failures and successes is important to improving …     Continue Reading »

Why July Cannot Come Fast Enough (Hint: YPC)

Originally posted by Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation By Magdalen Sullivan, Youth Philanthropy Connect Fellow and member of the Tracy Family Foundation I’ve only been to Disney once before. The park is a magical place for anyone, but especially a 5-year-old. Leading up to the trip, I couldn’t wait to go on the rides, meet my favorite characters, and see the stories I grew up …     Continue Reading »

Youth Philanthropy Under the Big Sky

As a member of the Foundant team I have had the privilege of working with many grantmaking organizations, and hearing about all the great work they do. But of all the initiatives, I have always been drawn to organizations that run youth philanthropy programs. Youth philanthropy is a concept where grantmaking organizations give kids the ability to decide where a specific pool of grant money …     Continue Reading »

SPARK Talks, Team Building, and Foundations 101: 2015 Foundant Mid-Year Planning Meetings

  We just completed our annual mid-year meetings and I wanted to share the experience with our community of friends. We focus on culture and learning during these annual meetings, and I’m very excited about the progress we made on both fronts this year. Our all-staff meetings are always a good reminder of how much we’ve grown over the past couple years, and it was …     Continue Reading »