The Future of Philanthropy

The Future of Philanthropy

April 16, 2018

“The field of philanthropy is so rich and so broad,” observed a student named Logan who is interested in environmental and social justice issues at  Foundation Center Midwest’s Youth Philanthropy Summit. The Summit wrapped up its year-long 40th anniversary celebration with a nod to the future – engaging the next generation of philanthropists, volunteers, and social sector leaders.

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eBooks Now Available from Foundation Center

eBooks Now Available from Foundation Center

April 16, 2018

Foundation Center is excited to offer eBooks on nonprofit management, proposal writing, strategic planning, fundraising, and many other topics. The service is available 24/7 from the library’s digital collection on OverDrive.

Grantspace's Sandy Pon Recognized As a Mover & Shaker Librarian

Grantspace's Sandy Pon Recognized As a Mover & Shaker Librarian

April 12, 2018

We're always excited to see our staff recognized by outside organizations for the work they do at Foundation Center. Recently, the Library Journal included Sandy Pon, our Grantspace Specialist, on their list of Movers & Shakers - Digital Developers. Sandy's work with GrantSpace has helped build our online library of resources for nonprofits, including Knowledge Base Articlesblog posts, and multimedia presentations

How to setup an email welcome series with new online supporters - hands typing on laptop keyboard

How to Set Up an Email Welcome Series to Engage with New Online Supporters

March 30, 2018

An email welcome series is essential to making a good first impression with new subscribers on your email list. Your welcome series is a unique opportunity to engage someone with your organization's social mission and programs. Your welcome series should open the door wide and set the tone as your supporters learn about how they fit in with your mission.

Recap: A Day in the Life of a Major Gifts Officer

Recap: A Day in the Life of a Major Gifts Officer

March 27, 2018

On March 20, Lisa Hoffman, social sector coach and consultant, led a conversation at Foundation Center West: A Day in the Life of a Major Gifts Officer. She spoke with two major gifts officers: Shernaz Polad Boga, director of donor engagement at the ACLU Foundation of Northern California; and Leigh Illion, director of leadership gifts at the San Francisco Marin Food Bank. Boga and Illion shared their experiences and best practices for succeeding in their current work cultivating and securing major gifts for their respective organizations. A recording of the event is available here.

Bitcoin for Good: Event Recap

Bitcoin for Good: Event Recap

March 20, 2018

On March 15, Paul Lamb, principal of Man on A Mission Consulting, gave a presentation at Foundation Center West on cryptocurrency and its benefits for the social sector. In his talk, Bitcoin for Good: Digital Currencies and Blockchain for Nonprofits, Lamb defined and identified cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. He gave examples of how nonprofits and foundations are currently using these technologies, and he also provided ideas of how social sector organizations which are new to cryptocurrencies might start adopting them.

Vision & Voices: Brad Smith, Foundation Center

Vision & Voices: Brad Smith, Foundation Center

March 2, 2018

If there is one undisputable truth about the social sector it is this: evolution is unavoidable. The social sector has been an indelible part of civic life, but has often struggled to balance meeting the demands of an ever changing society with sustaining viable organizational infrastructures that offer efficient and effective services.