Inside Foundant – the Blog

Learning About Education Foundations in Philly

  In early May I had the opportunity to go to Philadelphia and attend the National School Foundation Association (NSFA) National Conference as an exhibitor and sponsor. We decided to attend this conference to learn more about a new market segment for Foundant. Education foundations from all over the United States attended to network with peers and learn how to become stronger foundations, giving more …     Continue Reading »

Meet Foundant’s Newest Software Developer – Shannon Stubsten

Γεια σας, επιτρέψτε μου να συστηθώ. (Hello, allow me to introduce myself.) No, I really can’t speak or write in Greek, but I was born there, in Athens. When I was about two years old my family moved back to the United States. Apparently at that age I was able to speak more Greek than English but I am sure that quickly changed. Both my …     Continue Reading »

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 »