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.
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.
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.
Finding the right funding match is key to getting the money you need to fulfill your mission. To do this, you must know how to match your needs to funder priorities as you research and apply for grants.