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Resources from Resources for Financial Resilience: Human and Financial Capital

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05/2018
A nonprofit with adequate financial resources not only raises enough revenue to cover core operating expenses, but also maintains funds in reserve to buffer the organization against future uncertainty. In our third Financial Management session with FMA on May 3, 2018, we explored the importance of the right mix of financial resources in ensuring financial resilience, as well as the critical role of another resource key to a nonprofit’s success: its people. We also explored what a successful leadership team looks like and how funders can support their grantees in developing leadership capacity...
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Resources from Together for Good | NCG's 2018 Annual Conference

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04/2018
On April 16th, 2018, we hosted our 2018 NCG Annual Conference, the largest gathering of the philanthropic community in Northern California.This year’s conference, Together for Good, featured lead thinkers on the critical issues of our time, such as the role of media in upholding democracy, overcoming social inequality, and advancing narrative change. We dug deep into how philanthropy can – and must – bring to bear not only financialresources, but also our collective leadership, voice, action and empathy to really move the ball.
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Resources from Charting a Course Toward Financial Resilience: Building the Planning Muscle

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03/2018
In uncertain times, it’s important for nonprofit organizations to plan for contingencies and anticipate both short- and long-term needs. Financial planning, which ranges from annual budgeting to multi-year projections, is about connecting programmatic goals to resource decisions. And while a strong financial planning function is critical, many organizations struggle to assess and refine strategy on an ongoing and “adaptive” basis. In this session, we explored the skills and tools nonprofits must develop if they are to build their financial planning “muscle” and how funders can support them in...
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Resources from Grantee Financial Resilience for Nonprofits: A Framework

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02/2018
Financially resilient grantees are able to successfully navigate current challenges as well as maximize opportunities in the long-term. Critically, they have a comprehensive understanding of their financial health and are able to tell their financial story to key stakeholders. In this session, we will discuss what it takes for a nonprofit to move from surviving to thriving, explore key values that are embodied in the culture of financially resilient organizations, and discuss the leadership behaviors and practices that set an organization on the path to financial resilience.
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Resources from Saving the Social Safety Net: Advocacy Lessons for Funders

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01/2018
Our nation’s social safety net is at risk, and the effects on our most vulnerable communities could be devastating. In a session on 1/24/18, we heard about critical work that is happening now to save our social safety net, given Arabella Advisors ' recent work with donors and advocates to protect the programs that collectively constitute that safety net using all available tactics and resources.
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Relationships Matter: Program Officers, Grantees, and the Keys to Success

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11/2017
Relationships Matter: Program Officers, Grantees, and the Keys to Success sheds light on what constitutes a strong funder–grantee relationship, what nonprofits say it takes for funders to foster such relationships, and the crucial role that program officers play in the equation.
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Resources from Building Community Power: Democracy at the Local Level

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10/2017
In an October 4 Webinar, we introduced funders to new efforts in California to reimagine democracy at the local level. These new tools for community power and democracy are broadening political participation for traditionally disenfranchised groups, expanding civic engagement beyond elections, and creating new platforms for making government more responsive, accountable, and equitable.
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The State of Change: An Analysis of Women and People of Color in the Philanthropic Sector

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08/2017
As the leading voice for philanthropy, the Council on Foundations is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as a core policy and fundamental operating principle in the philanthropic sector. This report, The State of Change: An Analysis of Women and People of Color in the Philanthropic Sector , helps inform strategies that support DEI efforts.

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