Nonprofit Funders, It’s Time to Roll Up Our Sleeves
May 22, 2018 at 11:52 am

A growing number of nonprofit funders participating in the “effective philanthropy” movement have embraced the idea that grant dollars can’t change everything. They steep all aspects of their work and staff in the belief that effective foundations don’t exist to grant money...

Foundation Reporting Study
March 13, 2018 at 11:07 am

There are a number of reasons why nonprofits apply for grants, but doing the research and finding which grants to apply to can be mind-numbing. And on top of that, sitting down and and taking the time to write a grant proposal can be very confusing and tedious. Besides, where do you even begin? But don’t […]

6 Metrics to Measuring Fundraising Grant Program Success
March 7, 2018 at 11:30 am

Nonprofits owe it to themselves to regularly and systematically assess the health of its grants management program, as doing so will help ensure success in this critical realm going forward. Many factors affect grant writing success...

Corporate Volunteer Grants 101: A Beginner’s Guide
February 15, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Although it’s tempting at times to think of the nonprofit and the business worlds as completely separate, they actually rely on each other in a number of significant ways. In a socially conscious age, businesses genuinely want to support good work in their communities to be rewarded with positive public image...

3 Reasons Why ‘Capacity Building’ Is Not a Grantmaking Strategy
February 7, 2018 at 12:44 pm

My work has taken me from the Florida Keys to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and without fail, no matter which community I visit, I will at some point hear nonprofit funders comment, “Oh no, we don’t do capacity building. It’s just not a part of our focus.”...

A Practical Guide to Collaboration in Grantmaking
January 25, 2018 at 1:39 pm

Foundations and nonprofits have ambitious goals. In our work, we often talk about how systems change and foundations make major investments to achieve societal impact. This work is incredibly challenging and complex, and, increasingly, we are all coming to the realization that the old ways of working are becoming obsolete...

Grants to Strengthen Financial Sustainability of Agencies Serving Persons With Disabilities, Vulnerable Children
January 11, 2018 at 12:11 pm

Lilly Endowment has approved $80 million in grants for seven human services agencies that help individuals with disabilities and three agencies that help vulnerable children and youth. The grants are designed to support the agencies—all based in central Indiana—as they enhance their long-term impact by building stronger financial futures. Each agency will use most of…

A Real Reality Show: MacArthur Grant Competitors Vie Onstage for $100M Prize
December 13, 2017 at 11:23 am

Some key differences between “Shark Tank,” the hit reality show airing on ABC, and 100&Change, the first-of-its-kind MacArthur Foundation grant competition that saw its version of a final four present their ideas before a Chicago audience Monday: “Shark Tank” is about bringing a product to market, a new twist on the paper clip or a…