Blog posts from August 2018
Young people are the future nonprofit practitioners, volunteers, board members, and donors.
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.
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.
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.
Ask any group of nonprofit professionals why it’s important to measure their organization’s impact and you’ll probably hear some common themes emerge.
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.
Foundation Center provides a number of services and programs designed to empower social sector professionals. At the heart of this is the Funding Information Network (FIN), which is a network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers that can be found across the U.S. and around the world. In the Midwest, there are currently 108 FIN locations. Anyone is welcome to utilize FIN resources, which includes access to Foundation Center databases, training and community networking opportunities.
Getting the board to fundraise can be a very challenging experience even when board members recognize that a primary responsibility of every nonprofit board is ensuring that the organization has the resources it needs to meet its mission.
Earlier this summer we posted a survey to our GrantSpace community to gather feedback on how the re-launch of our website was received. Over 550 people took the survey, and over 80% told us that they found what they were looking for on the website.