Inside Foundant – the Blog

A Formula for Achieving Impact

Originally posted on Exponent Philanthropy’s PhilanthroFiles – June 1, 2015.  Remember the first time you were asked to speak in front of an audience? Probably you were inclined to decline. Perhaps you thought you would embarrass yourself somehow. You were likely a bit frightened to step into the limelight. You eventually said yes, though. Accepting the invitation to make more of an impact with your grantmaking …     Continue Reading »

Notes from a Young Foundation

When friends in our small town ask what I’ve been doing lately, it’s hard to know where to begin. I work for a brand-new, 60 year old foundation. The roots of the Fauquier Health Foundation stretch to the 1950s. That makes us one of the older charitable organizations in this largely rural community near the foot of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Begun through the efforts …     Continue Reading »

Meet Emily Rohrbough, Foundant Computer Science Scholarship Recipient

By Emily Rohrbough, 2014-2015 Foundant CS Scholarship Recipient – MSU Choosing to attend Montana State University (MSU) after high school has been one of the best decisions I could have made. I chose to declare my major as Computer Science (CS) and have had no regrets since. Besides nonacademic activities – like skiing, hiking, camping, and floating – MSU has given me several opportunities to expand …     Continue Reading »

Moving Forward

This year our organization took a step forward in its grantmaking practices by implementing the use of electronic grant agreements. I’d heard about electronic grant agreements at Grant Managers Network conferences and through discussions on GMN’s online community. Having successfully transitioned to online grantmaking in 2011 via Foundant Technologies, I felt confident in being able to implement this change and that our grant partners would …     Continue Reading »

Things You Really Need to Know, and How to Get There

The more experience I gain as the Manager of the Electronic Reporting Program at The Foundation Center, the better I genuinely understand burning questions that foundations grapple with on a daily basis. While the outside world may have misguided images of “ …enormously wealthy dudes, sitting around a table made from the rarest of tropical woods in a tastefully-appointed cloistered conference room, playing Jenga with …     Continue Reading »