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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 »

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 »

What the heck is “The Cloud?”

By Chris Dahl, Foundant VP of Technology If “The Cloud” is confusing to you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The concept of our work, our pictures, and our data floating around in a misty cotton ball somewhere is confusing to many people and, to some, it’s downright scary. But it doesn’t have to be. I came across a post on Mashable recently that gave some …     Continue Reading »

Smart Business: Mission Investing and Real-World Foundations

Mission Investments are made by foundations and other mission-based organizations to further their philanthropic goals. Mission investments (like impact investments) include any type of investment that is intended and designed to generate both a measurable social or environmental benefit and a financial return. ~Mission Investors Exchange Foundant Technologies recently created an informational piece titled Mission Investing: Real Stories from Small Foundations for Exponent Philanthropy’s resources page …     Continue Reading »