2/6/13: Writing Wednesdays: Letters of Inquiry to Funders (Part 1)

Does your organization seek grant funding from foundations or corporations? If so, you probably write lots of Letters of Inquiry (mini-proposals of up to 3 pages). Could you use some pointers and constructive feedback to help you improve?

Looking at your piece from the perspective of a third party... (continued)

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Seeing the Future and Making It Work: How Funders Can Build Support Today for the Nonprofits of Tomorrow

This article, published in the NYRAG Times in their Spring/Summer 1999 edition, provides a forecast of the 21st century nonprofit world, compiled with the expertise and collective wisdom of staff and trustees of nonprofits, foundations, and management assistance... (continued)

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A FIO PARTNERS PERSPECTIVE: Funders of the Nonprofit Sector as Learning Organizations

Funders have the ability to recognize performance gaps in nonprofits. This article explores how this characteristic leads to a responsibility to learn from their practice, including consciously and purposefully look for what has been learned, capturing it, discussing it broadly with... (continued)

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Deciding to Fund Nonprofits: Key Questions

This article identifies six key questions that any philanthropic or governmental funder might use as they decide how or why to fund nonprofits.

The emphasis is on designing the funding process itself.

http://ncinfo.iog.unc.edu/pubs/electronicversions/pg/pgsum02/article4.pdf

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Transforming Philanthropic Transactions

This report provides the philanthropic industry key insights from a yearlong independent evaluation of Social Venture Partners.

This report provides the philanthropic industry key insights from a yearlong independent evaluation of Social Venture Partners.

http://www.arabellaadvisors.com/

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Social Capital Markets: Creating Value in the Nonprofit World

Article discussing venture philanthropy, social return on investment (SROI), and how money donated to nonprofit organizations are increasingly being viewed as capital investments.

Article discussing venture philanthropy, social return on investment (SROI), and how money donated to nonprofit organizations are increasingly being viewed as capital investments.

http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/1319.html

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The Communications Network

A non-profit membership organization that provides the philanthropic community with leadership, guidance, and resources in order to promote strategic communications as an integral part of effective philanthropy.

A non-profit membership organization that provides the philanthropic community with leadership, guidance, and resources... (continued)

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Center for Effective Philanthropy

The Center for Effective Philanthropy is a nonprofit organization focused on the development of comparative data to enable higher performing foundations. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Center’s mission is to provide management and governance tools to define, assess, and improve overall foundation performance. The... (continued)

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Youth Grantmakers

A program to involve youth in community foundations through the creation of Youth Advisory Committees. The project was a success and it continues with over 2,000 teens involved. This site shares Best Practices and Lessons Learned. A comprehensive Sample Documents section for starting a Youth Grantmaking program.

http://www.youthgrantmakers.org/

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National Network of Grantmakers (NNG)

NNG embraces Community and Justice as its two primary values, dedicated to individuals, projects and organizations working to eliminate discrimination and oppression based on age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation. NNG focuses its work in organized philanthropy in order to promote... (continued)

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The Catalogue For Philanthropy

Within the Catalogue and website are many innovative elements: a donor-friendly taxonomy of charities, organizing them for presentation to the public as an intelligible, sensible, navigable tool for finding philanthropic fields and specific charities one might enjoy supporting; the Giving Form, enabling "one-stop" year-end... (continued)

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Council on Foundations (COF)

The Council on Foundations is a membership organization of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations and giving programs worldwide. It provides leadership expertise, legal services, stewardship principles and networking opportunities—among other services—to our members and to the general public. Section on nonprofit jobs in philanthropy.

http://www.cof.org/

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2/20/13: Writing Wednesdays: Letters of Inquiry to Funders (Part 2)

Does your organization seek grant funding from foundations or corporations? If so, you probably write lots of Letters of Inquiry (mini-proposals of up to 3 pages). Could you use some pointers and constructive feedback to help you improve?

Looking at your piece from the perspective of a third party... (continued)

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Social Venture Partners International

SVPs seek to catalyze significant, long-term positive social change in their communities by educating individuals to be well informed, effective, and engaged philanthropists; Investing time, expertise, and money in innovative nonprofits to collaboratively strengthen their organizations. SVPs invest time, expertise and... (continued)

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Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO)

Dedicated to promoting learning and encouraging dialogue among funders committed to building strong and effective nonprofit organizations. GEO's mission is to maximize philanthropy's impact by advancing the effectiveness of grantmakers and their grantees. GEO does this by; commissioning and contributing to research;... (continued)

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Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS)

A global network of more than 100 membership associations and support organisations serving grantmakers, which have joined together to: create opportunities to learn from and support one another; develop modes of communication and collaboration among themselves; contribute to the strengthening of philanthropy... (continued)

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How Do I Calculate the "Public Support Test"?

Article providing resources information on obtaining support and the IRS distinction between a private foundation and a public charity.

Article providing resources information on obtaining support and the IRS distinction between a private foundation and a public charity.

http://www.grantspace.org/Tools/Knowledge-Base/Nonprofit-Management/Establishment/Public-support-test

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Funder's Guide to Evaluation: Leveraging Evaluation to Improve Nonprofit Effectiveness

"A Funder's Guide to Evaluation" shifts away from using evaluation to prove something to someone else, and toward improving what nonprofits do so they can achieve their mission and share how they succeeded with others.

http://www.fieldstonealliance.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=141

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Community Foundations of America (CFA)

Created in order to offer community foundations the tools and environment to excel in these changing times.
CFA is a membership organization for community foundations that provides a variety of products and services for its members and the general public.

Created in order to offer community foundations the tools and... (continued)

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A FIO PARTNERS PERSPECTIVE: Thoughts on Funding Collaboration and Consolidation in the Nonprofit Sector

In 2009, The Calgary Community Foundation asked me to address the issue of a foundation’s role in the consolidation of the nonprofit sector. As the nonprofit sector consolidates as a result of the worldwide economic downturn, foundations will play two important... (continued)

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Building to Last: A Grantmaker’s Guide to Strengthening Nonprofit Organizations

This paper provides insight for funders on how to enhance the organizational effectiveness of their grantees and provide capacity-building assistance.

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Funders and Capacity Building Roundtable

Presentation of the Funders Capacity Building Roundtable from the Alliance for Nonprofit Management's 2013 National Conference. Presentation by Kate Dewey of Forbes Fund, Katie Merrow of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Meher Shulman of Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and Danielle Scaturro of Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.

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