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Exponent Philanthropy: Great Funder-Nonprofit Relationships

Thursday, May 4, 2017 -
8:30am to 11:30am PDT
Hilton San Francisco Financial District
750 Kearny Street, San Francisco
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Navigating the complex funder-nonprofit relationship is vital to mission success. Often, it seems, nonprofits do the asking, reporting, and proving, while donors sit in positions to say yes or no, how much, when, and what’s required. Achieving balance takes more than just good intentions—it takes flexibility, finesse, openness, trust, and a sincere desire to acknowledge and address the power dynamics at play.

In collaboration with the Exponent Philanthropy, National Council of Nonprofits, and CalNonprofits, we invite you to join nonprofits and funders alike for a half-day of facilitated programming dedicated to helping everyone build better working relationships and increase the impact of their work. The program includes a light breakfast, an interview-style program elevating a model funder-grantee relationship and separate breakout programming for both funders and nonprofits to share tips, model feedback loops, and provide practical guidance for each audience on the steps they can take to influence the relationship.

Target Audience

Funding Organizations: Those most involved with grantmaking (executive directors, trustees, and key funding staff). While Exponent tends to focus on lean foundations, this event is open to funders of all shapes and sizes. 

Nonprofit Organizations: Those responsible for funder relationships (executive directors are strongly encouraged to attend; senior development staff are welcome if the ED is not available).


This is a complimentary program, but we do ask that you pre-register. By registering for this program, participants are agreeing to the Exponent Philanthropy Participant Guidelines. We have waived the eligibility guidelines for this program, but the non-solicitation policy still applies.

We encourage you to share information about this program with funders and nonprofits you think might benefit. 

New users will need to create a login, or email Nikki Hilgert to register.


This program is generously funded by the Fund for Shared Insight.


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