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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 »

The Transformational Power of Giving

By Patti Giglio, PSG Communications, LLC, on behalf of Exponent Philanthropy Originally posted August 11, 2015 on PhilanthroFiles Pierceton Woods Academy, a residential home for teenage boys in northeast Indiana, is the type of community based nonprofit you might expect to be the benefactor of philanthropic giving. The academy helps troubled boys by stepping in, temporarily, for their families and offering specialized structure and support. But …     Continue Reading »

6 Ways to Champion Change From the Inside Out

By Ruth Masterson, Exponent Philanthropy  Originally posted on Exponent Philanthropy’s blog, PhilanthroFiles  Do you want to catalyze change at your foundation? Perhaps you want to improve board dynamics, refine your mission, or implement new technology. Many forces can initiate change, and here we explore how your fellow trustees and staff champion change successfully from the inside out. Every situation is different, of course, and we encourage you to use these ideas not as …     Continue Reading »

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 »