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New report on how funders can engage in participatory grantmaking

Alliance magazine 7 October 2018

New research released by GrantCraft, a free service of Foundation Center, explores how funders can cede decision-making power about funding decisions to the communities they aim to serve. With financial support from the Ford Foundation …


Chandler Foundation appoints Tim Hanstad as CEO

Alliance magazine 5 October 2018

The Chandler Foundation has announced the appointment of award winning social entrepreneur Tim Hanstad as its CEO. Tim Hanstad, will be responsible for leading the Chandler Foundation’s mission to promote inclusive prosperity and well-being. His …


Canadian foundations must confront inequality and exclusion

1 Hilary Pearson 1 October 2018

Typically, Canadian foundations remain very reticent to draw attention to themselves, unlike our more visible American neighbours. This is partly a matter of size. It’s the rare Canadian foundation that grants more than $1 million …

Audacious philanthropy redefined

Yifat Susskind 18 September 2018

‘What did you really think of the opening plenary?’ That was the question I got from several colleagues at the Innovations in International Philanthropy Forum. They figured I would be skeptical as a grantmaker to …

When the dichotomy blurs

Jen Bokoff 14 September 2018

We often speak in philanthropy about the dichotomy of grantmakers and grantseekers. As a result, our events are segregated in this fashion as well. It’s in part because of audience segmentation – that is, meeting …

Can we think more expansively about ‘going to scale’?

5 Solome Lemma 11 September 2018

In their heart of hearts, philanthropists want to be audacious. We want to unleash significant impact on the issues we care about, recognizing our role and power in unlocking change. The Audacious Project was featured …

Maximizing the way we work: The impact of board culture

Rebecca Miller 8 September 2018

Recently, we worked with a family foundation board that had just done a major revamp of its grantmaking strategy and recognized that its board culture may need to evolve alongside the strategy. They brought in …

‘Money Well Spent: A strategic plan for smart philanthropy’ second edition by Paul Brest and Hal Harvey

Michael Alberg-Seberich 4 September 2018 For Subscribers

Reviewed by Michael Alberg-Seberich How do you review the second edition of a book that has become a standard on many foundation managers’ and philanthropists’ desks? The first edition of Money Well Spent was published …

Responsive vs. Strategic Grantmaking: Which one is right for you?

Kris Putnam-Walkerly 26 August 2018

In philanthropy, there is much written about responsive and strategic approaches to philanthropy. Which approach is the most appropriate? Meaningful? Effective? Grantmakers have many roles to play in a community, and how they define those …

New report shares insights on global giving by U.S Foundations

Alliance magazine 14 August 2018

A new report released today by the Council on Foundations and Foundation Center reveals that global giving by U.S. foundations increased by 29 per cent from 2011 to 2015, but over half of global giving …