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Resource Roundup: Best of February 2017

For this month’s Foundant Resource Roundup, we searched the web for content that jumped out at us and rounded it up for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

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Mapping a Foundation’s Impact Investing Journey

by Rosalie Sheehy Cates, Senior Advisor
Originally posted on

February 22, 2017

One hundred million dollars.

That’s how much money Surdna Foundation has now allocated to impact investing, just in time for its 100th anniversary. It’s an exciting decision, and you can read all about the private foundation’s decision-making process in Mapping the Journey to Impact Investing, a new report researched and drafted by Jan Jaffe, senior partner of The Giving Practice, Philanthropy Northwest’s national consulting team.

Read on…

Creating an Individual Giving Program

by Barbara O’Reilly, CFRE, Principal of Windmill Hill Consulting, LLC
Originally posted on

February 7, 2017

According to the GivingUSA reports for at least the last 5 years, more than 70% of the $378 billion contributed to nonprofits each year has come from individuals – and if you factor in family foundations, that number probably comes close to 80%.

Since individuals consistently make up the largest donor group, it is worth looking at how to create a sustainable fundraising model that focuses on building relationships with your donors.

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The (R)evolution of Grants Management

by Michelle Greanias, Executive Director of Grants Managers Network
Originally posted on

January 30, 2017

When I started in the grants management profession 25 years ago, learning about the work was on the job training because it wasn’t recognized as needing specialized knowledge or expertise. My title was so generic I could have been doing anything from cleaning cages at the zoo to ensuring that millions of dollars in grants actually got out the door each year. Little did I know that a group of grantmakers were coming together in New York to define a new profession.

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