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Social Enterprise: Impact investing & social missions

by Suzanne Perry Originally posted on TrendTrack, a GrantStation blog.     There’s been lots of buzz in recent years about impact investing – the idea that people can make money by investing in projects that do good. But where does that leave nonprofits, which can’t promise significant financial rewards to their donors? In danger of being neglected, says Jim Schorr, president and CEO of the Social …     Continue Reading »

What can philanthropy learn from this year’s Final Four?

By Lisa Fasolo Frishman, Executive Director of the NY Funders Alliance I will get my bias out in the first sentence – I live in a suburb of Syracuse, NY. I tell you this so you understand why basketball is on my mind. With both the men and women’s teams having been in this year’s Final Four, basketball still dominates much of the conversation in our town even …     Continue Reading »

Grantees of the World…

Unite – And Speak Up! by Suzanne Perry Originally posted on TrendTrack, a GrantStation blog.     A few months ago, I was in contact with Jessamyn Shams-Lau, executive director of a California family foundation, and noticed something different about her email signature. Below her name appears the sentence: “You should rate me anonymously here on Funder Feedback.” The link takes you to a series of questions, including: …     Continue Reading »

Fundraising is Important. Making a Difference, More So.

By Marc Gunther Originally posted on Nonprofit Chronicles | April 3, 2016 So much activity in the nonprofit sector focuses on fundraising. Books, articles, webinars, conferences and consultants stand ready to help nonprofits write a grant application, raise money online or cultivate millennials. That’s understandable. Without money, nonprofits will fail. But, just as companies run the risk of obsessing over their revenues and profits–as opposed to their products, …     Continue Reading »

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 »