By Avrum Lapin My colleagues and I have the honor and pleasure of serving nonprofits on three continents. We listen carefully to the needs and expectations of every nonprofit, and prepare carefully tailored plans and solutions that will enable each nonprofit to meet their goals. That includes a multifaceted, multi-channel effort that opens up the maximal possibilities for each organization. One of the most common questions that often comes … [Read more...] about Seeking Foundation Funds: Changing Environment for Foundations Requires Nonprofits to be Smarter in their Ask
By Dawne Bear Novicoff In San Francisco, the school year is about to end. Teachers and children (mine included!) are counting down the final days to summer. In the Jewish calendar, we are counting, too, but upwards rather than down as we mark the days of the Omer. The end of the school year is a special time - one of marking accomplishments and celebration of learning. It is also a time to celebrate educators. We bring them gifts, make … [Read more...] about Counting All Educators, and Learning as We Count
By Stacie Cherner When the Jim Joseph Foundation’s evaluators’ consortium met last November, the overall focus was on the long road ahead towards developing a common set of measures - survey items, interview schedules, frameworks for documenting distinctive features of programs - to be used as outcomes and indicators of Jewish learning and growth for teens and young adults. Consortium members and the Foundation were especially excited to learn … [Read more...] about Measuring Outcomes Across Grantees and Over Time
A site visit is an example where the power imbalance can come into play too easily. By Richard Marker Site visits? How is that an ethical issue? Every “how-to” manual on grantmaking due diligence talks about how useful a site visit can be. After all, 990’s, annual reports, and proposal narratives can tell us only so much – a lot, but sometimes we really want to get the full flavor of a potential grantee. Meeting with the development … [Read more...] about Site Visits: Good Due Diligence or Organizational Intrusion? A Philanthro-ethical Perspective
Long time readers are aware that a checklist on funder collaboratives and partnerships, written over 10 years ago and updated regularly since, is the most frequently requested “how-to” piece in my oeuvre. The philanthropy field has bought into the value of both funder collaborations and funder-grantee partnerships. Every couple of years a slew of articles are published advocating the importance of collaborations, partnerships, and collective … [Read more...] about Collaboration is [usually] Good; but, Are You a Good Collaborator?