To best help the nonprofit organizations that we say we wish to serve, foundations must be prepared to invite open, honest feedback, consider it carefully, and then communicate findings and decisions back to the public.
The incubation mentality is the belief that effective nonprofits have to eventually “grow” out of whatever partnership they are in, whether it’s with a fiscal sponsor or a funding partner. It is a pervasive mentality, happening all across our sector, and it is downright harmful to our work.
In helping your nonprofit partners to “spruce up” their programs and operations, you are strengthening the investment you make as a donor. And in turn, it’s helping you to make an even deeper impact on the community.
Their Junior Board had been doing collaborative grantmaking for two years, but the community didn’t know them very well. A "Meet and Greet" would be the perfect opportunity to let the world of philanthropy in Laredo gather on a larger scale.
Transactional philanthropy is important and necessary to help those in immediate crises meet very pressing needs. For many donors, that’s enough. But what happens when we think more strategically about the needs in question?
Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from the Solcz Family Foundation; Self Family Foundation; the Arizona Community Foundation; the Surdna Foundation; the Laughing Gull Foundation; the Sobrato Family Foundation and the Clowes Fund.
Advocacy is an important tool for family philanthropists seeking to address mounting issues of inequality or for those who recognize that funding direct services alone is not enough to create lasting change.