Inside Foundant – the Blog

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 »

3 Tips for Measuring Impact

About Mark Larimer Over the last 10 years, we’ve been fortunate enough to work with over 1,000 funders. A couple of months ago, I had the privilege of sharing some of what we’ve learned during that time with the Exponent Philanthropy audience on Philanthrophiles through a blog titled From Our Work with 1,000 Funders: 3 Tips for Measuring Impact. This is definitely a hot topic right …     Continue Reading »

GuideStar for Grant Applications: The Next Big Thing in Grants Management

The Problem While the core of every grant application is a set of unique questions that each foundation or funder needs to know, much of the information before and after that is, in reality, quite duplicative. What if nonprofits could focus just on those unique sections of grant applications, while saving time by having the repetitive fields already populated? How much time could that save …     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 »

Keep It Simple: Initiatives to Eliminate Busywork and Save Time

Most people agree that the traditional grant application process has been cumbersome and resource intensive for both grantmakers and the nonprofits seeking funds. Fortunately, based on self-awareness gained through honest and transparent conversations with grantees, many funders are rethinking their grant processes. Important initiatives like Project Streamline from Grants Managers Network (GMN) are providing further guidance and a framework of simple steps to make the …     Continue Reading »