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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »