Posts tagged to 'Grantmaking guidelines'
by Victor Gongora
on February 14, 2018
PEAK Grantmaking has been taking a look at how grantmakers can better align their grantmaking practices to their values through our Walk the Talk initiative.
by Tate Williams
on February 8, 2018
When you look at the common reasons foundations give for not taking applications, they kind of fall apart. At the end of the day, it really just comes down to a choice—a barrier intentionally placed between tax-subsidized wealth, and the public that it’s legally required to benefit.
by Vu Le
on June 19, 2017
As we roll into 2017, there have been lots of articles about how philanthropy must adapt. Let’s take care of a few logistical things foundations do that make nonprofits want to roll up a printed-out copy of our tax filings and beat themselves unconscious. Funders: Please go through this list one item at a time. Then have a conversation with your team about what things you can do to improve your score.
by Robert Dortch
on March 23, 2017
We challenged the nonprofit community to think creatively and to take risks. We asked them to take a comprehensive, enduring approach — not a quick fix, but a long-term plan for effective and transformative change.
by Nancy Chan
and Pam Fischer
on December 21, 2016
Some of philanthropy’s core practices may unwittingly be leading funders to perpetuate the inequities they’re trying to eliminate
by Richard Marker
on November 14, 2016
There are lots of practical and conceptual reasons to resist mission creep. So then, how can a little mission creep ever be a smart move?
by Katherine Lorenz
on October 5, 2016
Philanthropy often encourages grantees to take risks, to be innovative, to find new solutions to old problems. Indeed, many refer to philanthropy as “risk capital,” providing funding that can help society create innovative, new models for addressing the world’s most intractable social issues. But risk and innovation often bring an uncomfortable consequence: failure.
Every year, our family foundation considers new causes and grantees to support. Since the foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, the foundation staff would like to know if there is a database or another resource that captures great grantseeker requests for funding.
To our knowledge there...
by Kris Putnam-Walkerly
on April 26, 2016
There was a time not too long ago when you rarely heard the word “foundation” and “risk” in the same sentence…or paragraph…or entire document. Risk simply hasn’t been something formally and broadly associated with philanthropy over the past few decades. However, it’s become pretty obvious to many people that the traditional ways of grantmaking are not enough to make a dent in the entrenched and intertwined social challenges of poverty, inequity, education or healthcare.
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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.