Posts tagged to 'General operating support'

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.

The Noyce Foundation: Ten core principles for hands-on philanthropy

Posted by The Noyce Foundation on April 1, 2016

The Noyce Foundation was established in 1990 by the family of the late physicist, inventor, and computer industry pioneer Dr. Robert N. Noyce, co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel, and co-inventor of the integrated circuit, better known as the microchip. For the past quarter-century, the Noyce Foundation has been devoted to helping the nation’s students become “curious, thoughtful, and engaged” learners in the fields of mathematics and science. Over its quarter century of existence, the Noyce Foundation’s approach to grant making evolved reflecting what the trustees have learned from their cumulative experiences as well as the institutional knowledge the foundation has gained about the fields it in which it works.

Why we must stand up for overhead

Posted by Katherine Lorenz on March 3, 2016

It is critical that donors invest in the long-term health and sustainability of the institutions we are asking to tackle the world’s most entrenched social problems. Starving organizations of strong strategic plans or essential technology—often viewed as overhead and therefore superfluous—actually prevents their ability to use the limited resources they do have most effectively.

Rethinking the funding equation: Can general operating support become the new normal?

Posted by Jen Teunon on January 26, 2016

If every funder only pays for a specific program or a specific line item, an organization becomes fragmented and unstable. Without general operating support, an organization doesn’t have the money for staffing, rent, technology, training, or even the phone bill. And, without a strong infrastructure, programs that improve our communities can’t happen.

Capacity building: The central role of general operating support

Posted on July 29, 2014

"Don't underestimate the real value of general operations grants as a simple but critical capacity-building strategy. Gen op grants are the trip-wire that triggers everything else that can happen to make improvements, and provide the flexibility within the agency to really have the dollars to allocate...

How do we help the leaders of our grantees find the peer support they need?

Posted by Pierce Family Foundation on April 15, 2013

JJ Hanley faced a situation well known to nonprofit executives: the number of volunteers that wanted to help was outstripping the agency’s capacity to manage them.  Operating with a small staff, volunteers were key to the success of JJ’s List – which connects people with disabilities with community...

On the phone with... Mary Mountcastle

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on October 15, 2010

Listen to the audio version of this interview here. Ginny Esposito:  Welcome to our very special December edition of “On the Phone With…”  Mary Mountcastle is the immediate past Board chair of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. She is a trustee of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and the...

Program and general support: Choices for giving families

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on April 15, 2007

In the latest salvo in the decades-long debate surrounding program and general operating support, a new report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy charges: The grantmaking practices of a significant part of the foundation sector may be crippling small community-based and other...

Project vs. general operating support- Paradoxes and possibilities

Posted by Virginia Esposito on April 15, 2007

This April edition of Family Giving News focuses on the important choice of funding program/special project costs, providing support for operating expenses/general support, or funding some measure of both. Family Giving News Managing Editor Kevin Laskowski has summarized and analyzed these papers and...

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