Inside Foundant – the Blog

Learning to Simplify

By Bridget Wilkinson With each new career pursued in a lifetime, there is usually a steep learning curve. Last September, I was hired as the first Foundation Manager of the Bozeman Area Community Foundation (BACF). The BACF was formed in 2003 to serve both donors and nonprofits in the Bozeman area. BACF strives to nurture a culture of philanthropy by building and stewarding permanent community …     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 »

The Next Big Thing

There is a lot of talk, across many diverse industries, about “big data.” But what does that really mean? It’s really nothing more than what it sounds like, data – and a lot of it. The real value is in the information and insight it can provide, if it is used properly. The philanthropic community has accumulated massive amounts of data over time and, while …     Continue Reading »

Meet Foundant’s Marketing Intern – Katrina Wilhelm

Growing up in small towns in rural North and South Dakota, and Montana I quickly learned the value of community. Even though I lived in three different states, the general attitude of the people is very warm and welcoming. In small rural towns, community and family foundations are a cornerstone of the area. I always loved going to the different fundraising events that these organizations …     Continue Reading »

Meet Foundant’s Marketing Communications Manager – Kristin Laird

I am originally from Anchorage, where my dad was the Dean of Rural Education for the University of Alaska and my mom was the director of Head Start. My dad wrote hundreds of grants for furthering education programs in the Alaskan “bush,” where many tribes at that time were in very remote locations with no access to public schooling. My parents retired in Whitefish, Montana …     Continue Reading »