Many nonprofits are run by passionate, talented people. However, operating a nonprofit takes specific skillsets and knowledge bases that have to be cultivated and practiced over time. Janus insists that investing in strengthening these areas is critical to success and “very worthwhile.” The National Council of Nonprofits backs this up saying that “when capacity building is successful, it strengthens a nonprofit’s ability to fulfill its mission over time, thereby enhancing the nonprofit’s ability to have a positive impact on lives and communities.” Foundation Center has great tools that support capacity building, including Foundation Directory Online and the newly relaunched Grantspace.org.
Use whatever metaphor you want: a car and a driver, a ship and a captain, a plane and pilot. A nonprofit organization needs a leader that will steer it in the right direction. Leaders shoulder enormous responsibilities and are tasked with having all the answers to every question. Nevertheless, before becoming a strong tree, every leader was once a sapling. In the case of three remarkable Northeast Ohio nonprofit leaders, Foundation Center was their step one in a journey to sound management.
Cleveland is fortunate to be the location for Foundation Center’s Midwest Office. A substantial special collections library, computer center and meeting space are all under one roof in a central downtown location. There are also a number of foundation information network locations at community colleges, public libraries and non-profit offices in adjacent counties.
Foundation Center Midwest is pleased to announce the redesigned GrantSpace.org, our learning community for the social sector! GrantSpace delivers valuable insights and essential knowledge to aspiring and active social sector professionals, providing them with in-person and on-demand trainings, knowledge tools, and opportunities to convene with like-minded peers and experts in the industry.
Donor clubs can be a powerful tool to increase individual donor giving. Find out what a donor club is, and learn more about how to start one.
The best way to learn about a neighborhood or a place is by walking. When you walk, all of your senses are engaged. It is a not a neutral or passive act. You see the trees, hear kids playing, feel your feet on the sidewalk and smell the corner bakery. As a lead up to Common Ground, The Cleveland Foundation invites you to explore your surroundings by joining us for FredWalksCLE.
“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.
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.
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 Articles, blog posts, and multimedia presentations.
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.