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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 »

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 »

Smart Management: The Innovation the Grantmaking Process Needs

Originally posted on Glasspockets February 17, 2016. (Beth Simone Noveck is director of the Governance Lab and a former U.S. deputy chief technology officer.  Andrew Young is associate director of research for the Governance Lab.  A version of this blog post first appeared in Governing.)        The way governments and many philanthropic institutions give out money to solve problems is stuck in the past. …     Continue Reading »

Think Like a Designer for Greater Impact in Philanthropy

Originally posted on PhilanthroFiles September 17, 2015 By Nadia Roumani, Stanford University’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) I have spent my career at foundations, nonprofits, think tanks, universities, and multinational organizations. I have enjoyed elucidating the root causes of complex problems, but I have been frustrated many times by the sector’s inability to generate effective solutions. In 2010, I attended a Stanford alumni …     Continue Reading »