What’s New at Foundation Center (March)
March 14, 2018
I'm shoveling out from endless snow (or slush, as it's quickly becoming) to bring you this latest update in our monthly series focused on what we're learning about the social sector, where we're speaking, the data we're collecting, and how you can contribute to those efforts. Here's more on what we were up to in February:
- Our annual Columbus Survey launched on CF Insights. This survey collects data about financial trends and operational activity at community foundations in the United States. Explore last year's results dashboard to get a snapshot of the community foundation landscape!
- We now offer ebooks you can borrow for free to read on your device! View our collection and create a free account on the main Catalog of Nonprofit Literature homepage.
- A new blog post on our Advancing Human Rights platform explores the intersections of funding for the SDGs and human rights.
- Foundation Center president Brad Smith was featured in Foundation Center Midwest's Voices and Visions blog series.
- New blog posts on GrantSpace on the timing of starting to search for grants and communicating the true cost of your program.
- New PhilanTopic blog posts on brand strategy and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, as well as racial equity-focused Q&As with Kavitha Mediratta, executive director of the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity program and Nicky Goren, president and CEO of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation.
- New blog posts on Glasspockets that look at donor-advised funds and possible new IRS restrictions, and the power of racial equity to transform philanthropy.
- New blog posts on GrantCraft about spend down, early childhood education, and how to adapt in changing times.
What We're Excited About
- Our dedicated amazing GrantSpace specialist Sandy Pon was selected as one of 2018's 50 Movers and Shakers by Library Journal. Nominated as a "digital developer," Sandy addresses the critical (and free!) information literacy needs of the nonprofit and social sector every day through our Grantspace.org platform and our Ask Us service. Congratulations to one of our game-changing librarians!
- Our soon-to-be released GrantCraft guide on knowledge sharing to strengthen grantmaking.
- Our women-powered work.
- Thanks to the generous support of the Doll Family Foundation and the William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation, Foundation Center Midwest will conclude its 40th Anniversary celebration series with a nod to the future of philanthropy. The special program, "Meet the Changemaker: Next GEN Givers, Doers & Innovators," will take place on Saturday, April 7, at our Foundation Cenrer Midwest Cleveland office.
- We've answered over 1,500 questions about nonprofit management and the social sector more broadly through our online chat since January. (Have a question? Ask!)
- We're giving GrantSpace — our website geared to grantseekers — a makeover so that it's easier to find what you're looking for. Keep your eyes peeled for the new site in April.
- Foundation Center Northeast (our New York office) will be hosting a series of workshops this year as part of a grant award from the Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund. These awards are made in order to provide capacity-building services for selected nonprofits led by and serving communities of color across New York City's five boroughs. If you're an eligible nonprofit that did not apply for 2018, we would love to discuss partnering with you to apply for a grant for 2019. For more information e-mail Kate Amanna Demcsak, New York lead, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We have a newly improved and easy way to tell your story through our Foundation Center Updater. Keep us up-to-date on the work of your organization!
A Few Projects in the Pipeline
- In partnership with the Ford Foundation, a project to expand the data on local philanthropy in India.
- In partnership with Native Americans in Philanthropy, a project to build a web portal featuring philanthropic funding related to — and by — Native peoples.
For more on these projects or how to work with us, send us an email.
Upcoming Conferences and Events
Our staff will be speaking/appearing at these upcoming events:
- Enactus Regional Competition, March 26-28 — our vice president of Social Sector Outreach will be a judge
- 990 PF Storytelling March 28 — webinar in partnership with Council on Foundations
- EDGE Funders Annual Conference, April 17-20, New Orleans, LA
- Proposal Writing Bootcamp (various dates), we’ll be hosting several upcoming bootcamps in a variety of locations — take a look!
- Grantmakers for Effective Organizations National Conference, April 30-May 2, San Francisco, CA
- Opportunity Collaboration, May 6-11 — Foundation Center is a founding partner of the first-ever U.S.-based iteration of this conference
Our staff will be attending and/or exhibiting at these events:
- Equity Summit, PolicyLink, April 11-13, Chicago, IL. Our Cleveland regional staff will be attending and exhibiting.
- 236,716 new grants added to Foundation Maps in February, of which 9,865 grants were made to 6,571 organizations outside the U.S.
- New data sharing partners: Henry County Community Foundation, REI Corporate Giving Program, Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation, and the Philip L. Van Every Foundation
- Illegal fishing accounts for about 20 percent of the world's catch, costing up to $23.5 billion a year. See more on our featured landscape, FundingTheOcean.org.
Tell your story through data so we can communicate philanthropy's contribution to making a better world — learn more about our eReporting program.
If you found this update helpful, feel free to share it or shoot us an email! I’ll be back next month with another update.
Jen Bokoff is director of stakeholder engagement at Foundation Center.