Inside Foundant – the Blog

SPARK Talks, Team Building, and Foundations 101: 2015 Foundant Mid-Year Planning Meetings

  We just completed our annual mid-year meetings and I wanted to share the experience with our community of friends. We focus on culture and learning during these annual meetings, and I’m very excited about the progress we made on both fronts this year. Our all-staff meetings are always a good reminder of how much we’ve grown over the past couple years, and it was …     Continue Reading »

Finding Inspiration and Purpose on a Local Foundation Board

Our local community foundation, Bozeman Area Community Foundation (BACF), is a Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM) user. (Grant Lifecycle Manager is Foundant’s software product to help grantmakers move online.) This past March the BACF invited me to serve on their grants committee. This was my first experience as a GLM user in the “real world” although I have been selling GLM to grantmakers in the United …     Continue Reading »

6 Ways to Champion Change From the Inside Out

By Ruth Masterson, Exponent Philanthropy  Originally posted on Exponent Philanthropy’s blog, PhilanthroFiles  Do you want to catalyze change at your foundation? Perhaps you want to improve board dynamics, refine your mission, or implement new technology. Many forces can initiate change, and here we explore how your fellow trustees and staff champion change successfully from the inside out. Every situation is different, of course, and we encourage you to use these ideas not as …     Continue Reading »

Foundant Meet Ups: Adventures in Minnesota

We held our first Foundant Meet Up in Minnesota on June 23rd. Six of us gathered after work in Saint Paul where we connected over our use of the Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM) system. It was nice to see some familiar faces and to meet a few new users. With such an intimate group, it was easy for all of us to engage in …     Continue Reading »

Awareness of Self, Partners, and Field Essential to Building Organization and Sector Capacity

By Eliza Smith – Special Projects Associate for Glasspockets at Foundation Center – San Francisco Original Post: Transparency Talk In an open session held at Foundation Center in San Francisco on April 29, we explored two exciting tools to help those in the social sector get smarter about building organizational and sector capacity—through awareness. As we explored Foundation Center’s data visualization tool, Foundation Maps Professional 2.0, and …     Continue Reading »