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Resources from Crafting the Grant for the Long-term

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06/2018
What does it take for a nonprofit to move from surviving to thriving? And, what kind of support can funders provide to meaningfully shift the trajectory of an organization? To most effectively deploy game-changing grants (capacity, operating, and infusions of capital – alongside project and program grants) funders must understand the intersection of strategy, financial health, and the needs of the whole enterprise. In our fourth and final Financial Management session with FMA on June 5, 2018, we explored several foundation approaches to leveraging the right kinds of grants at the right times.
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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 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 Census 2020: Uniting for a Common Cause (Oct 2018)

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10/2017
The Census happens just once every 10 years but its outcomes have serious ramifications. In our October 18 program, we heard from an expert panel of speakers who shared insight on all things Census.
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Quantifying Hope: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys

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04/2015
This report analyzes U.S. funding trends for Black men and boys and describes recent initiatives in the field of Black male achievement. The brief shows a distinct trend toward increased U.S. foundation funding for organizations and programs that are working to improve the life outcomes of Black males.
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For Generations to Come: Chinese American Philanthropy in the Bay Area

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03/2015
NCG members the Chinese American Community Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation partnered to publish this report to better understand and celebrate the Chinese American community in the Bay Area, including the many contributions made to the Bay Area.
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Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?

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11/2014
To help us understand whether we are making progress in supporting nonprofits in ways that allow them to be successful, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations conducts field research to track trends in grantmaker practice. GEO’s 2014 study highlights some important shifts in how grantmakers support nonprofit results, but also reveals where we’re falling short.

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