Rebooting Your Board Culture

October 15, 2018

Creating a functioning board is a challenge.  There are many reasons that boards do not fulfill our expectations and perform the way we hope they would. The first is that the job description of a board member is a pretty boring job. Board members have three duties, obedience, loyalty and care. The most clearly defined part of their role is financial oversight. In other words, the position of board member is most importantly about legal accountability; they are tasked to prevent trouble more than promote success. 

Doing Good Better is a Journey

Doing Good Better is a Journey

September 10, 2018

We believe in the power of the story of Foundation Center. We also recognize that our story has many contributors – impassioned individuals who seek to change the world, committed nonprofits that meet the needs of community without tiring, inspired funders who desire to impact issues and the communities they care about most through grantmaking and partnership, our dedicated staff who strive to fulfill our mission daily and our partners who span the country and globe helping to ensure access to Foundation Center databases and tools.

Vision & Voices: Q&A with Youth Philanthropists

Vision & Voices: Q&A with Youth Philanthropists

August 27, 2018

Michael McShane and Shane O’Neill are cousins who are active with their family’s foundation, the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation. The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation prioritizes youth and participatory grantmaking through its NextGen program. Members of the foundation’s NextGen are youth and young adults up to the age of 30. Through this program O’Neill family members participate in the identification of nonprofit organizations, review of requests, participate in site visits, and make recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees annually. NextGen members learn by doing and carry the torch of the O’Neill family’s legacy of giving.

Keeping Donor Trust

Keeping Donor Trust

August 24, 2018

One of the most important ways of maintaining donor trust is to vet your charity’s fundraising communications, so you can be sure they are accurate and never misleading. Unfortunately, this basic action step can be overlooked in an increasingly-competitive fundraising marketplace.

Funding Information Network Partners Help Nonprofits Thrive

Funding Information Network Partners Help Nonprofits Thrive

August 20, 2018

Foundation Center has a global network of more than 400 libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers that, for more than 50 years, has been bringing vital funding data and knowledge to communities that might not otherwise have access. The Funding Information Network (FIN) program packages are nonprofit outreach “in-a-box”, enabling community organizations to become nonprofit funding experts. Packages include access to our world-class database, Foundation Directory Online, product and training certification courses, and support materials to assist the local nonprofit community.

[Job posting] Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland: Project Manager

August 15, 2018

The Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland (TSOPCLE) is seeking an experienced Project Manager for professional support and thought partnership to plan, launch, exhibit, disseminate content, and manage programming in Cleveland, Ohio.

Meaningful visual arts is a key to communicating the value and impact of African American philanthropy, promoting community, and spotlighting the good work of the social sector. While Northeast Ohio is fortunate to have a high concentration of foundations, nonprofit organizations and a generous individual donor community, the narrative and impact of giving specifically in the black community has gone widely undocumented, discussed or celebrated. For decades, communities, organizations and causes have benefited from the generosity and philanthropic acts of the black community in Northeast Ohio. However, we have lacked capacity to capture and share this impact in a meaningful and digestible way with the public, current and future donors.