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.
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.
An effective project budget raises funds where needed, supports financial sustainability and organizational integrity, and provides a benchmark against which performance can be measured and reported.
Searching for funding? Our network of nonprofit data nerds is here to help!
Foundation Center’s efforts to connect foundations to individuals with the tools needed to access imperative funding.
A new free resource, Making Wise Decisions, was created with these nonprofits in mind. Developed by B3 Consults and Public Profit and generously supported by the S.H. Cowell Foundation, with supplemental funding from the Y & H Soda Foundation, Making Wise Decisions incorporates advice from small to midsized nonprofits that have adopted a new data system.
Vision & Voices is a series exploring various perspectives on trending and perennial topics in the social sector. Part of Foundation Center Midwest's 40th anniversary celebration, this series highlights the insights and experiences of a range of community leaders with one common purpose: doing good better.
In the past, most companies viewed their philanthropy primarily as a charitable tax deduction and a way to build their reputation as a “good community citizen.” Today, many companies have begun identifying opportunities for aligning their business to “solve” a social challenge.