New ways of giving by UK Trusts and Foundations: High engagement funding practices

Eliza Buckley and Ben Cairns from the Institute for Voluntary Action Research explore how foundations have begun to explore ways of supporting organisations that go above and beyond the {...}

Foundation accountability: an operational necessity?

“Foundations lack accountability.” Is this true of all foundations or only to some? Does it apply to everything that foundations do, or only to certain kinds of actions? And {...}

A crucial role as risk takers?

Research undertaken by the UK Association of Charitable Foundations casts a revealing light on the UK sector’s relationship to the country’s emerging social investment market. It also potentially suggests {...}

Taking a chance on longevity: a third option for endowed foundations

Richard Jenkins argues existing in perpetuity and spending are not the only options for endowed foundations. His article suggests a third way. Source: Alliance magazine

Time: the invisible asset

David Emerson argues that foundations can offer much more than money. They can also mobilize expertise, experience, resources and convening power in the service of their mission. However, despite {...}

Matty Hart: Who Decides?

Matty Hart looked at 8 participatory grantmaking funds and concludes that that:   a participatory model (PGFs) possesses benefits, including innovation, flexibility and transparency this model offers significant technical {...}

Angela Kail – Gold Dust: Why the sector needs more unrestricted funding

Angel Kail from NPC sets out how: Many local authorities have moved from providing unrestricted grants new to need to show value for money but independent donors and funders {...}

Moving the Ford Foundation Forward – 2015

Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, argues: We need more integration. Thus, we’re breaking down silos so that program officers join interdisciplinary teams with flexible assignments We will {...}

The Source Codes of Foundation Culture 2015

Tom David and Kathleen Enright suggest that: a positive internal culture is an essential bedrock for effective philanthropy, and as a sector, this is habitually neglected as an important {...}

Smashing Silos in Philanthropy

Niki Jagpal and Kevin Laskowski explore how: The movement toward “strategic philanthropy” has contributed to greater philanthropic effectiveness in many ways. However, the increased focus on narrow issue silos {...}

Transparency, Performance Assessment, and Awareness of Nonprofits: Are Foundations and Nonprofits Seeing Eye to Eye?

Ellie Buteau, Mark Chaffin and Ramya Gopal suggest: Foundation and nonprofit CEOs are not aligned in two areas: the value of increased foundation transparency and whether or not foundations {...}

Hearing from Those We Seek to Help: Nonprofit Practices and Perspectives in Beneficiary Feedback

The Centre for Effective Philanthropy suggests: Nonprofit leaders believe most of their foundation funders lack a deep understanding of their intended beneficiaries’ needs—and they believe this lack of understanding {...}

Transparency, Inclusion and Collaboration: Three ways philanthropy can take its own medicine

Shauna Nep suggests that: With some notable exceptions, the way we as philanthropic institutions currently engage is not only inconsistent with our current values, but also behind the times {...}

Alternatives to the Fiery Furnace: Thoughtful Reporting Requirements

Jessica Bearman explores:  “What do you do with the reports that you receive?” — I often get sheepish grins in response. As one grantmaker told me, “In theory, I’d {...}

Eyes Wide Open: Learning as Strategy Under Conditions of Complexity and Uncertainty

Patricia Patrizi, Elizabeth Heid Thompson,Julia Coffman and Tanya Beer explore the “traps” that hamper foundations in advancing the kind of robust learning needed to guide strategy in these complex {...}

Npc – How are you getting on? 2009

NPC report: Funders often wish to see more sophisticated data and analysis from charities but few funders consistently fund grantees’ monitoring and evaluation work, and one in three never {...}

Margaret Bolton – Foundations and Social Investment

Findings: It is often assumed that only large foundations have the resources to engage in social investment. However, many of the foundations experimenting successfully with social investment are small {...}

Diana Leat – Discussion Paper on Risk and Good Grantmaking – 2005

The Big Lottery Fund commissioned Diana Leat to write a discussion paper exploring the nature of risk and how it applies to the business of grantmaking. Grantmakers can give {...}

Factary – Trust Women – 2015

Factary report how: Amongst the 2,312 grant-making trusts in Factary’s data set, there are 2,530 women board members – an average of 1.09 women per trust. Aka the “token {...}

NPC – Funding Impact – 2013

NPC report: 88% (89%) think that measuring impact makes charities (funders) more effective. 73% say their focus on impact measurement has increased over the past five years and 72% {...}

ACF – Charitable trusts and foundations’ engagement in the social investment market – 2013

This report concluded that: Ten foundations are responsible for nearly 90 per cent of social investment by charitable trusts and foundations in the UK. Charitable foundations, even those with {...}

Foundation Staff Matter

On the Centre for Effective Philanthropy in the US blog, CEP President Phil Buchanan discusses, in a series of eight posts, recent critiques of large, staffed foundations and assertions {...}

Can we all just admit there is no such thing as nonprofit sustainability? / Nonprofit With Balls

  Here’s a little gem from the States – The Non Profit With Balls… Another voice frustrated with the issue of sustainability that foundations perpetually clamour for organisations to {...}

Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results by Tom Tierney & Joel L. Fleishman | Think Hard | Stanford Social Innovation Review

  Source: Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results by Tom Tierney & Joel L. Fleishman | Think Hard | Stanford Social Innovation Review

Inside the mind of a grant-maker: Useful stuff on how grant-making works | nfpSynergy

This research was based on interviews with 23 grantmakers. Some of the key findings were: Applications are not increasing, despite expectations but those with “small and easily accessible funding {...}