Blog posts from July 2016

Part V: Could We Stay or Should We Go? Perspectives on NonProfit Displacement in the San Francisco Bay Area

Part V: Could We Stay or Should We Go? Perspectives on NonProfit Displacement in the San Francisco Bay Area

July 26, 2016

The San Francisco-Bay Area's social sector is at a critical junction. Surges in real estate prices are forcing nonprofits to close their doors or relocate. Many of these organizations' beneficiaries have also faced eviction, or have had to move. At Foundation Center West, we were inspired by the Northern California Grantmakers' recent study on displacement and eviction in the San Francisco-Bay Area, and decided to reach out to representatives from nonprofits, foundations, city governments and others to continue the conversation. In this fifth and final installment in our series, we revisit the partnership between Tandem Bay Area and architecture firm WRNS Studio. We speak with Molly Thomas, WRNS communications director, and Kyle Elliot, WRNS partner and principal on the Tandem project. 

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5 Ways The Social Sector Is Thriving At Your Library

July 25, 2016

The Funding Information Network (FIN) brings Foundation Center’s mission to life on a daily basis in communities across the country (and around the world!). After a recent road trip to visit FIN libraries, FIN manager, Kate Tkacik shares how these libraries are not only helping the social sector, but adding beauty through their impressive architectural design.

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What Does It Really Mean To Be An Engaged Donor?

July 21, 2016

Do you know the amount of support your donors are willing to provide your organization? If not, then figure it out to learn which of them might be coaxed into doing more and which of them are comfortable, for the time being, at their existing level of engagement. If you can do that, more of your donors will be happy, you and your colleagues will be happier, and your organization's future will look a lot brighter.

Part IV: Could We Stay or Should We Go? Perspectives on NonProfit Displacement in the San Francisco Bay Area

Part IV: Could We Stay or Should We Go? Perspectives on NonProfit Displacement in the San Francisco Bay Area

July 20, 2016

The San Francisco-Bay Area's social sector is at a critical junction. Surges in real estate prices are forcing nonprofits to close their doors or relocate. Many of these organizations' beneficiaries have also faced eviction, or have had to move. At Foundation Center West, we were inspired by the Northern California Grantmakers' recent study on displacement and eviction in the San Francisco-Bay Area, and decided to reach out to representatives from nonprofits, foundations, city governments and others to continue the conversation. In this third installment in our series, we speak with Molly Wertz, executive director of Tandem

Part III: Could We Stay or Should We Go? Perspectives on NonProfit Displacement in the San Francisco Bay Area

Part III: Could We Stay or Should We Go? Perspectives on NonProfit Displacement in the San Francisco Bay Area

July 13, 2016

The San Francisco-Bay Area's social sector is at a critical junction. Surges in real estate prices are forcing nonprofits to close their doors or relocate. Many of these organizations' beneficiaries have also faced eviction, or have had to move. At Foundation Center West, we were inspired by the Northern California Grantmakers' recent study on displacement and eviction in the San Francisco-Bay Area, and decided to reach out to representatives from nonprofits, foundations, city governments and others to continue the conversation. In this third installment in our series, we speak with Landon Williams, the program director of community development and investment at The San Francisco Foundation

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From Pain To Gain: Growing Beyond The Startup Stage

July 11, 2016

Nonprofits often find themselves struggling to grow beyond the startup stage even when they have been successfully serving their community for years. Garnering capacity building funds poses challenges to many nonprofits and Michele Giordano, executive director of Choices in Childbirth, shares how her organization attracted these coveted funds to further their mission.