Inside Foundant – the Blog

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »