Inside Foundant – the Blog

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 »

Catching up with Releases: A Client Webinar with Grant and Sammie

  First off, a big thank you to all who attended the “Catching Up with Releases” webinar on August 28th. To date, this was our largest client webinar! We know taking an hour out of your day isn’t always easy, but it really is the most effective way for us to reach out to so many clients—in this case all 180 of you! This webinar …     Continue Reading »

Are You Prepared for Philanthropy’s Common Transition Points?

Originally posted on Exponent Philanthropy’s, PhilanthroFiles | May 14, 2014 | By Hanh Le Your philanthropic journey is sure to be a remarkable one: often cyclical, rarely linear, and greatly shaped by your particular circumstances. Are you prepared to navigate the twists and turns that are sure to arise over time? Our nearly two decades of experience working with, listening to, and observing philanthropists with few …     Continue Reading »

Crowdsourcing, Transparency, & Training: Using Webinars to Increase Accessibility & Accountability

I manage a newer grant program at the Ohio History Connection (formerly, the Ohio Historical Society), which is funded in a relatively novel way. The grant program is called the History Fund. It is supported by donations Ohioans make to the Ohio History Connection through their state tax returns. In 2013, if you were an Ohio taxpayer due to receive a state tax refund, you …     Continue Reading »

A Framework to Communicate Philanthropy

  (Jeannine Corey is director of grants information management at the Foundation Center. A version of this post also appears on the GuideStar blog and Philanthropy News Digest.) Language allows us to communicate complex ideas and acquire information using an agreed-on structure and process. Variations in language around the globe increase the level of effort needed to communicate with people across borders, but it’s not impossible if you …     Continue Reading »