Grants

How Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin Created a New Model for Philanthropic Funding
December 8, 2016 at 8:00 am

In June 2016, Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin announced that she’d be stepping down after more than a decade of leadership. She's planning on staying until a successor is named, but finding someone with the right résumé might be tricky: The philanthropic agency she leaves behind barely resembles the one she once took over—or how…

Do You Say 'Thank You' When You Don't Get the Grant?
October 25, 2016 at 11:32 am

Time matters, especially today. Time is precious. So why would you not give thanks to a foundation that took the time necessary to peruse your proposal and directly communicate with you afterward? Why would you not take the opportunity to create a connection, when connections serve as building blocks for so many amazing things?...

Trust-Based Grantmaking: What It Is and Why It’s Critical to the Sector
October 24, 2016 at 10:47 am

There seems to be a pervasive lack of starting with trust between funders and nonprofits, and it’s affecting all of us and our abilities to survive and do our work. The default starting relationship between funders and nonprofits is one of suspicion of the latter by the former, which leads to funders enacting policies and…

More Than a Mini-Proposal: How to Write a Letter of Inquiry to a Foundation
October 17, 2016 at 9:35 am

Many foundations now want you to send a letter of inquiry rather than a full grant proposal when first asking for grant money. Some foundations find that it is faster to make that first cut of possible funding ideas if they are just looking at a two- to three-page letter rather than a full proposal…

How Are You Living Your Mission?
October 11, 2016 at 11:42 am

During a site visit, a foundation trustee remarked half-jokingly to me, “We hate development people—we like to talk to the program staff.” I responded that, yes, I did too. It was the only way for me to learn and effectively write about our programming. Then I got to thinking about the whole divide between program staff and fundraisers...

2 Nonprofit Leaders Win MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' Grants
September 26, 2016 at 10:30 am

The MacArthur Foundation last week announced its 2016 MacArthur Fellows, the annual recipients of the organization's five-year "Genius" grants. Among the 23 winners? Two nonprofit leaders. Ahilan Arulanantham, director of advocacy and legal director of American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, and José Quiñonez, founder and CEO of Mission Asset Fund, will receive $625,000 grants as part of the fellowship...

Get That Grant: Foundation Funding Ideas
September 9, 2016 at 10:00 am

For 21 years, Laurence Pagnoni has worked with and developed strategy for hundreds of nonprofits seeking U.S. foundation support. His work with one such agency, Sightsavers, and its desire to grow its U.S. foundation support, is worth closer examination...

Messaging: Which Works Best—the Head or the Heart?
September 6, 2016 at 11:07 am

It’s a funny and, sometimes, very uncomfortable thing. I am talking about feeling and expressing emotion. On one side, there are people who are in a constant state of tears and drama, and, on the other side, there are those who find it very difficult to express any kind of emotion. You’ve seen both types of people, and you know what it all means...

Breitbart Editor Takes $100,000 for Charity, Gives $0
August 24, 2016 at 9:28 am

Months after he was supposed to give away more than $100,000 for college scholarships, Milo Yiannopoulos said all of the money is still sitting in his bank account. The Breitbart editor and professional political agitator (recently banned from Twitter for harassment) came under fire this week as allegations surfaced that his charity, which would provide…

Why You Shouldn’t Care About the Largest Foundations in Your Region
August 2, 2016 at 9:28 am

A mega-grant from a mega-foundation always seems like the answer to your prayers, right? Not quite. The truth is, foundation giving plays a smaller role than you probably think. In fact, in terms of the entire philanthropic pie, foundation funding accounts for a mere 16 percent...