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.
Data is literally everywhere. Every search done on Google or every second spent on LinkedIn is collected and converted to data. According to Internet Live Stats, Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second or 3.5 billion searches per day - that is just one internet platform! Companies are taking enormous amounts of data, analyzing it and translating it into strategic insights. Those insights help make strategic decisions in real time across the entire organizational enterprise. This includes, how they engage with cause partners in corporate social responsibility activities.
Hi there, do-gooders! We know that your heart and mind are in the right place, but how are you leveraging your innate human skills to intuitively develop authentic connections? The social sector is a field challenged with scarce resources and further complicated by competition for critical funding needed for your organization to deliver on its mission. As a leader, you wear many hats and it’s likely the role requires you not only to manage the strategy and operations of your organization, but also demands you participate in key convenings.
Many nonprofits are run by passionate, talented people. However, operating a nonprofit takes specific skillsets and knowledge bases that have to be cultivated and practiced over time. Janus insists that investing in strengthening these areas is critical to success and “very worthwhile.” The National Council of Nonprofits backs this up saying that “when capacity building is successful, it strengthens a nonprofit’s ability to fulfill its mission over time, thereby enhancing the nonprofit’s ability to have a positive impact on lives and communities.” Foundation Center has great tools that support capacity building, including Foundation Directory Online and the newly relaunched Grantspace.org.
What happens when you bring together an equal number of grant makers and grant recipients, to engage as peers in a reflective dialogue about nonprofit data and evaluation?
Use whatever metaphor you want: a car and a driver, a ship and a captain, a plane and pilot. A nonprofit organization needs a leader that will steer it in the right direction. Leaders shoulder enormous responsibilities and are tasked with having all the answers to every question. Nevertheless, before becoming a strong tree, every leader was once a sapling. In the case of three remarkable Northeast Ohio nonprofit leaders, Foundation Center was their step one in a journey to sound management.
Cleveland is fortunate to be the location for Foundation Center’s Midwest Office. A substantial special collections library, computer center and meeting space are all under one roof in a central downtown location. There are also a number of foundation information network locations at community colleges, public libraries and non-profit offices in adjacent counties.
When you think about nonprofits and their work, what comes to mind?
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