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.
When it comes to fundraising, the reality is we live an ever-globalized world. Development in Arizona is as much impacted and affected by what is invented in Austria as it is by innovation in Austin, Texas.
Foundation Center works to create transparency between grantseekers and grantmakers. Lauren sees transparency on the part of funders improving, “Funders are finally I feel like you know willing to have the really hard conversations that they need to have with organizations. They are having proactive conversations with grantees.” She said there is room for improvement and cited a report that Foundation Center was a part of that said foundations play a role creating obstacles for grantseekers through burdensome application and reporting requirements. The report was written with the intent to “spark new thinking and discussion”.
A generation ago, economics was known as the rational science. The experts believed that people behaved logically and predictably when making financial decisions. Increase the price of a good and demand goes down. People were predictable in these decisions.