What's New at Foundation Center Update (May)
May 17, 2018
The flowers are blooming (and allergies raging!), and Foundation Center work is springing ahead through conferences, webinars and trainings, and new data collection efforts. I’m back in NYC for a few days to catch my breath, enjoy the noisy (in a good way) birds, and fill you in on the many exciting things we were up to in April:
- As part of our ongoing #OpenForGood campaign, we launched a new GrantCraft guide, Open For Good: Knowledge Sharing to Strengthen Grantmaking, which explores how funders can open up and share their knowledge with the rest of the social sector, and beyond. And to recognize funders that are already knowledge sharing champions, we also launched the inaugural #OpenForGood Award at the recent GEO conference. (Congrats, GEO, on twenty years of strengthening the philanthropy field!) To nominate a foundation for our new award, visit: https://foundationcenter.org/openforgood.
- Foundation Center's Knowledge Services staff continue to help the Council on Foundations field its annual Grantmaker Salary & Benefits Survey, which provides the sector with data on staff composition and compensation of U.S. grantmakers. Council members and non-members with paid full-time staff are invited to complete the survey by May 25, so there's still time to participate and receive access to salary benchmarking reports generated from the data collected.
- We released our second Ghana report, which synthesizes the key outcomes from the Ghana Data Strategy and Capacity Building Workshop hosted by Foundation Center and the SDG Philanthropy Forum in November 2017. The meeting was part of our broader agenda to support the Ghanaian philanthropic sector in the areas of data capacity, collaboration, and effective grantmaking.
- We launched two leadership series papers on GrantCraft about where power sits in philanthropic practice — From Words to Action: A Practical Philanthropic Guide to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, by Barbara Chow; and How Community Philanthropy Shifts Power: What Donors Can Do to Help Make That Happen, by Jenny Hodgson and Anna Pond. Both papers encourage funders to rethink their relationships with grantees, partners, and each other and consider what they can do to foster greater inclusivity and give more power to those who lack it.
- A handful of new blog posts on our Advancing Human Rights platform, including one that looks at where Brazil sits in the context of global human rights philanthropy, and another on the importance of balancing data transparency in sensitive contexts.
- New posts on PhilanTopic, including Time's Up for Philanthropy, Too by NoVo Foundation executive director Pamela Shifman, and a piece by Philippe G. Hills, president and CEO of Marts & Lundy, that considers three different tax-reform scenarios for nonprofits.
- New posts on Glasspockets on topics such as how transparency contributes to better relationships in the sector and how the Macarthur Foundation is #OpenForGood.
- New posts on GrantSpace, including info on ebooks now available from Foundation Center and 3 easy ways to ID new funding prospects.
- New posts on GrantCraft, including a reflection from the field in response to our latest leadership series paper on community philanthropy and an introduction to impact investing in the arts.
- 365 new resources added to IssueLab, including a timely report titled Protecting the Parkland Generation.
What We're Excited About
- We closed our annual CF Insights Columbus Survey. Look for the report coming this June. Learn more about the survey here.
- We just relaunched our beloved website for the social sector, grantspace.org! The site’s new and improved design makes it easy to navigate to trainings and find Foundation Center locations in your region, and you can also explore hundreds of free topical resources to build your own knowledge and capacity — from anywhere in the world!
Upcoming Conferences and Events
Our staff will be speaking at these upcoming events:
- European Foundation Centre (EFC) AGA & Conference May 29-31, Brussels, Belgium
- American Library Association, June 21-26, New Orleans, LA
- Proposal Writing Boot Camp, our 3-day immersion course for fundraisers, will be hosted June 5 in San Francisco and June 27 in Washington, DC.
- 2018 Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership Awards, June 28, Kansas City, KS
- 356,898 new grants added to Foundation Maps in April, of which 14,423 grants were made to 2,444 organizations outside the U.S.
- New data sharing partners: Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.; Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art; Fay Fuller Foundation; Deaconess Foundation; Otto Bremer Foundation; and Stranahan Foundation. Tell your story through data so we can communicate philanthropy's contribution to making a better world — learn more about our eReporting program.
- Year-to-date we’ve answered more than 3,000 questions via our live Online Librarian chat service.
- Foundation Directory Online recently launched new Recipient charts! Quickly gain key insights on more than 500,000 individual Recipient profiles. You can also search 140,000 foundation profiles and over 11 million grants.
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.