Posts tagged to 'Capacity Building'

Want Effective Capacity Building? Get Rid of the Incubation Mentality

Posted by Vu Le on September 20, 2018

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.

The Next Five Years: Three Reasons We Must Adapt

Posted by Open Road Alliance on May 22, 2018

When is an organization no longer a ‘start-up’? Is it age, size, or some other acquired wisdom that moves it out of the ‘test and experiment’ stage into the ‘institutional’ one? When is it time for an organization to change or adapt? Do we revisit strategies every 3 or 5 years because they are ‘round numbers’? Or do we watch the world around us and continuously react? How do you know when to grow?

Four Steps to Greater Impact for Your Family Foundation

Posted by Beth Suarez on September 26, 2017

We recognize the vital role foundations of all types play in philanthropy, and we embrace the diversity that exists across the foundation community. However, we also see how inconsistent grantmaking practices can place a burden on grantseekers and affect the impact of both foundations and the nonprofits they fund.

How Can I Be 1% More?

Posted by June Wilson and Philanthropy Northwest on March 27, 2017

"I believe that Quixote Foundation’s reflective practices allowed us to hold multiple truths while engaging in internal and often uncomfortable racial equity training. Our ability to do this work at every level of the organization made a tremendous difference in our final year of grantmaking and grantee engagement."

5 Things Funders Can Do to Address the Global Refugee Crisis

Posted by Regine A. Webster on January 19, 2017

As the world faces one of the largest refugee crises since World War II, understanding how to fund effective solutions has proven to be a difficult, complex task.

Looking for the Helpers

Posted by Virginia Esposito on September 7, 2016

My moments of reassurance come when a family funder tells me about a grant or project they’ve launched to restore and reinvigorate community. Often, these are efforts to ameliorate suffering but also to get at root circumstances and causes

Not just cute faces: Youth grantmakers are strengthening philanthropy

Posted by Jen Bokoff on June 27, 2016

The stereotype of the “me me me” generation couldn’t be more wrong. Youth are driving grant dollars to organizations that are changing communities through more than 480 programs around the world. Most of these young people are not independently wealthy, and most didn’t say “philanthropist” when asked what they wanted to be when they grew up.

Failure talks with TPW: A conversation with Sapphira Goradia

Posted by Devon Cohn, Sapphira Goradia and The Philanthropy Workshop on June 14, 2016

This is the first in a series of conversations with members of The Philanthropy Workshop curated by TPW member Devon Cohn. "TPW Talks Failure" examines stories about lessons learned, about the process of failing, and cautionary tales that shine a light into less explored areas or less well understood areas of the philanthropic world. This is a transcript of an interview with Sapphira Goradia, Executive Driector of The Goradia Foundation, which has been edited for clarity.

Why the choice to spend down is good for philanthropy

Posted by Virginia Esposito on April 19, 2016

For much of the 20th century, the vast majority of U.S. foundations operated under the idea that they would be in business forever. But as a new generation of family philanthropists take over — and families contemplate just how long forever actually lasts and reflect on the present needs in their communities — a growing number are deciding that they would rather grant their assets during a set period of time than manage their endowments in perpetuity.

The Brinson Foundation’s commitment to living its values

Posted by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations on April 14, 2016

Since its creation in 2001, The Brinson Foundation has focused in the areas of education and scientific research in order to create a world where all people are valued and committed to improving the world in which we live. As the foundation works to achieve this big goal, it has found that maintaining a strong commitment to its values - such as forming strong, collegial and collaborative relationships with its grantees - is critical to its success and influential in shaping its practices.

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