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Philanthropy Lessons: A Project in Wisdom, Power, and Possibility

Last week we shared The Power Dynamic – just one of the Philanthropy Lessons videos in Exponent Philanthropy’s new series. But we wanted to revisit the entire series this week for a couple of reasons. First, they’re a fantastic resource for both grantmaking and grantseeking organizations and we hope they continue to be shared widely. Second, we wanted to give kudos to all of the …     Continue Reading »

Philanthropy Lessons: The Power Dynamic

This February, our partners at Exponent Philanthropy released “Philanthropy Lessons: The Power Dynamic,” a video in its 9-part Philanthropy Lessons video series and campaign: Philanthropy Lessons is produced by Exponent Philanthropy to share words of wisdom from some of the industry’s most inspirational funders—including many Foundant clients—about what they’ve learned throughout their philanthropic careers. “Philanthropy Lessons: The Power Dynamic” explored the dynamics of grantee-grantor relationships and how …     Continue Reading »

We Don’t Have All the Answers

As much as we’d like to think we know everything (insert appropriate level of sarcasm here), we must admit that we are not all-knowing. Bummer! In all seriousness – we don’t have all the answers. That’s why our partnerships with grantmaker associations and philanthropic service providers are so valuable to us. These relationships allow us to “pick the brain” of people who really understand the …     Continue Reading »

Smart Business: Mission Investing and Real-World Foundations

Mission Investments are made by foundations and other mission-based organizations to further their philanthropic goals. Mission investments (like impact investments) include any type of investment that is intended and designed to generate both a measurable social or environmental benefit and a financial return. ~Mission Investors Exchange Foundant Technologies recently created an informational piece titled Mission Investing: Real Stories from Small Foundations for Exponent Philanthropy’s resources page …     Continue Reading »

Make No Mistake: Philanthropy Is About More Than Money

Reposted from PhilanthroFiles | Original Post: July 25, 2014 By Lauren Kotkin, Exponent Philanthropy What is the definition of “giving?” Has the term become synonymous with nothing but money – rather than giving of an individual’s time, talents and skills? And what about the word “philanthropy?” Has it, too, become indistinguishable from the giving of only money? Are philanthropy and giving just about money? ~e-Volunteerism, Volume …     Continue Reading »