After a binge reading marathon, some clear trends start to emerge. None of these trends will catch any of my philanthropy colleagues by surprise, but it is very striking to see them writ large, and often.
Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from Cricket Island Foundation; the Collins Foundation; Essex County Community Foundation; the Surdna Foundation; the Bernstein Foundation; the Walton Family Foundation and Community First Foundation.
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.