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Resource Roundup: Best of January 2017

January has flown by! But that didn’t stop the philanthropic sector from creating the usual great content. Here’s a roundup of our favorites from January 2017:Chat symbol and Quotation Marks

Exponent Philanthropy, Philanthrofiles

Trust is Essential to Changemaking; Funders Must Take the First Step

By Andy Carroll, Exponent Philanthropy, and Colleen O’Keefe, Sauer Family Foundation

In any group or in any relationship, trust is the feeling that allows people to work toward a  common purpose. Trust comes from a sense of common values and beliefs. But more than that, trust allows us to be ourselves, to be creative, use our talents and skills, and take risks. Where there is trust, we feel empowered to try new things, and take advantage of opportunities.

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Foundation Center, Transparency Talk

Learn from the Transparency Challenge Highlights Reel

By Janet Camarena, Foundation Center

Who doesn’t love a challenge? Marathons and Olympic events spur individual athletes to break records, mountaintops invite climbers to scale greater heights, and moonshot challenges motivate innovators to aim for the impossible. Could transparency pose similar challenges and opportunities for philanthropy?

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Nonprofit with Balls, A Humorous Look at the Nonprofit World

By Vu Le, Creator of Nonprofit with Balls blog and Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps

Foundations, how aggravating is your grantmaking process? Use this checklist to find out!

As we roll into 2017, there have been lots of articles about how philanthropy must adapt, including my post urging funders to increase payout and fund advocacy efforts, as well as this piece on moving away from “charity” toward “justice.” These conversations are critical and we must keep having them. While we figure that stuff out, though, let’s take care of a few logistical things foundations do that make us nonprofits want to roll up a printed-out copy of our tax filings and beat ourselves unconscious.

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Grantseekers, how irritating are you to funders? Use this checklist to find out!

Hi everyone. Last week, I unveiled the FLAIL Index, a tool that allows foundations to see whether or not their grantmaking process will unleash the demon-god Cthulhu upon this world. I’m now calling it the FLAIL Scale (#FLAILscale), since things that rhyme are always more worth our time. I will be updating the Scale this week, based on your feedback, to increase the aggravation points for certain items, such as requiring people to get anything notarized, as well as add some redemption points.

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We hope you enjoy these resources as much as we did!

Until next time,
The Foundant Team