Blog posts tagged with Foundations
Part I: Could We Stay or Should We Go? Perspectives on NonProfit Displacement in the San Francisco Bay Area
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 first installment in our blog series, we speak with Paul Cohen, executive director of the Eviction Defense Collaborative in San Francisco.
Over time, the IRS will phase in a mandatory digital filing requirement for all Forms 990, and the intent is to release them all as open data. In other words, that which is born digital will be opened up to the public. The big takeaway is to know your 990-PF (or 990 for community foundations) because it may soon become one of your foundation's key communications vehicles.
Andrew Wolk, founder of Root Cause, knows how beneficial social sector partnerships can be. But he also has advice before you dive into a collaboration: take a good look at your organization before you leap.
Philanthropy is now in a period of profound transition and innovation. What’s driving the change? This post originally appeared on Arabella's Greater Good blog.
Even the best grant proposal in the world isn't a direct link to grant funding. Before investing precious resources in a grants consultant, make sure you've taken these steps to shore up your development operation and strategy, strengthen relationships, and improve your chance of winning grants.
Katie Fahey is the program officer for the Kenneth Rainin Foundation's arts program. We interviewed her about the Foundation's experience using the Sustain Arts tool, for which the Rainin Foundation provided seed funding.
The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation will restructure after 40 years of grantmaking in the Bay Area and Hawaii. Beginning March 1, 2016, the foundation will split its assets so that the next generation can focus on their giving interests. Half of the foundation's assets will stay with the original foundation while the other half will be split among three new foundations.
Foundation Center’s new tool, Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy, indicates that foundations made grants of almost $299 million between 2011 and 2014 in the campaigns, elections, and voting category, which includes support for implementation, research, reform, and/or mobilizations efforts related to campaign finance, election administration, redistricting, voting access, as well as voter registration, education, and turnout. More than half those grant dollars went for voter registration, education, and turnout initiatives, and, as one might expect, the annual total spiked in 2012, a presidential election year, as did funding for voting rights efforts.
The question of how to attract the attention of foundations that give only to preselected organizations (by some estimates, this is as many as 60 percent of all foundations) is a vexing one.
If you've written several grant proposals in your career, chances are you've heard at least one "no." As grant seekers, it is our job to distinguish between the "no's" that really mean "no, for now" and those that mean "no, never."