Unfortunately, grant opportunities for grassroots community building and advocacy projects remain limited. Many foundations underestimate their legal latitude to fund nonpartisan advocacy and civic engagement, and most opt to fund projects that result in concrete short-term outcomes as opposed to the perceived ambiguity of long-term social change. Where, then, does that leave the grassroots social justice sector when it comes to getting grants?
You’ve got a brilliant idea for a nonprofit. You’ve done your research, gathered your team, and even have a lead on some funding. Finding a fiscal sponsor may be a way to get your organization up and running! Learn more about fiscal sponsorship and important questions to consider before you partner.
Here are five essentials to making collaboration work, based on the actual experiences of social sector leaders, who graciously shared their insights at a May 19 meetup and happy hour devoted to partnerships at Foundation Center West.
Looking for help with your nonprofit project or social enterprise idea? You might find innovative, expert assistance in your own neighborhood at our 450+ Funding Information Network (FIN) locations. Check out these three FIN superstars who received Foundation Center’s inaugural Excellence in Innovation award.
Over time, the IRS will phase in a mandatory digital filing requirement for all Forms 990, and the intent is to release them all as open data. In other words, that which is born digital will be opened up to the public. The big takeaway is to know your 990-PF (or 990 for community foundations) because it may soon become one of your foundation's key communications vehicles.
Before successful partnerships can be established, an organization must first "Know Thyself." We have rounded up some articles that will help you know your organization better, find examples, and communicate your successful partnerships well.
Here are the keys to developing and deploying a giving platform that drives connectivity to corporate charitable and sponsor dollars.
The stronger your partnership and communication are with the head of finance, the more honest you can be with the funder about your organization’s needs, which will help you gain foundation support.
Performance management can be a tricky beast — hugely important but difficult to get right. Here are four common mistakes my team and I see among social, government, and nonprofit organizations trying to measure their impact, and tips on how to avoid them.
Effective nonprofit leaders wear so many hats, sometimes they have to hire another head. When they can’t commit time to learning a new specialty, it’s time to call in consultants and outside service providers.