Christie George, director of New Media Ventures, a mission-driven venture firm and donor collaborative supporting progressive startups, discusses her organization's new Innovation Fund. The Fund has two goals: 1) increase the number of investable projects for which they receive proposals; and 2) break through the bias for “the usual suspects” to fund more diverse entrepreneurs.
Mandy Ellerton and Molly Matheson Gruen of the Archibald Bush Foundation think philanthropy needs transparent and thoughtful ways to get buy-in and gain perspective to make new ideas reality. Truly good ideas, they argue, are created in partnership between organizations, leaders, and the people most affected by the problem at hand.
Here's what's coming up at Foundation Center West!
Advocacy Strategies for Nonprofits
Tuesday, April 11, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Introduction to Finding Grants
Wednesday, APril 12, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Crowdfunding for Your Cause
Thursday, April 13, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
In-person and Livestream:
Inside Innovation Funding: Exploring Philanthropy at the Intersection of Problem-Solving, Technology & Design
Thursday, April 13, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
Regardless of a nonprofit’s unique mission and goals, legislative advocacy can be an effective tool to further the organization’s cause. A nonprofit organization that is involved in legislative advocacy ultimately allow their members to see an active organization championing their cause. Here are three strategies to help propel your nonprofit organization's legislative advocacy efforts.
Cedric Brown, Chief of Community Engagement at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, shares how the intersection of tech-for-good and grantmaking expands diverse entrepreneurship and benefits everyone.
At a time when the nonprofit community is bracing for cuts to federal grant funding programs and state budgets, it’s empowering to remember that a group of thoughtful, committed citizens really can change the world.
Why aren’t more nonprofits, like Khan Academies and Wikipedia, building software to create social change at scale? Shannon Farley, co-founder Fast Forward looks at how foundations can become accelerators for tech nonprofits.
Most nonprofits seek to recruit board members from the corporate world, especially tech, to turbocharge fundraising, energize strategy, and open new doors.
But when these unicorns are recruited, clashes often ensue that frustrate, even bewilder, all parties. The frustrations I hear are:
“Why does it take the Board sooooooo long to make decisions?”
“Doesn’t she understand that our bottom line is the mission, not money?”...