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Philanthropy Lessons: The Power Dynamic

This February, our partners at Exponent Philanthropy released “Philanthropy Lessons: The Power Dynamic,” a video in its 9-part Philanthropy Lessons video series and campaign: Philanthropy Lessons is produced by Exponent Philanthropy to share words of wisdom from some of the industry’s most inspirational funders—including many Foundant clients—about what they’ve learned throughout their philanthropic careers. “Philanthropy Lessons: The Power Dynamic” explored the dynamics of grantee-grantor relationships and how …     Continue Reading »

Keep It Simple: Initiatives to Eliminate Busywork and Save Time

Most people agree that the traditional grant application process has been cumbersome and resource intensive for both grantmakers and the nonprofits seeking funds. Fortunately, based on self-awareness gained through honest and transparent conversations with grantees, many funders are rethinking their grant processes. Important initiatives like Project Streamline from Grants Managers Network (GMN) are providing further guidance and a framework of simple steps to make the …     Continue Reading »

Why July Cannot Come Fast Enough (Hint: YPC)

Originally posted by Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation By Magdalen Sullivan, Youth Philanthropy Connect Fellow and member of the Tracy Family Foundation I’ve only been to Disney once before. The park is a magical place for anyone, but especially a 5-year-old. Leading up to the trip, I couldn’t wait to go on the rides, meet my favorite characters, and see the stories I grew up …     Continue Reading »

Should Grantmakers Move Online?

Online Grants and Scholarship Management vs. Online Applications Have you been considering online options for your grantmaking? If you answered “yes,” then you’re probably aware of all the options that are available. Everything from simple Google forms and spreadsheets to huge installed systems with all the “bells and whistles.” And all the information might seem overwhelming if you’re not sure of exactly what you need. The …     Continue Reading »

Smart Management: The Innovation the Grantmaking Process Needs

Originally posted on Glasspockets February 17, 2016. (Beth Simone Noveck is director of the Governance Lab and a former U.S. deputy chief technology officer.  Andrew Young is associate director of research for the Governance Lab.  A version of this blog post first appeared in Governing.)        The way governments and many philanthropic institutions give out money to solve problems is stuck in the past. …     Continue Reading »