Blog posts tagged with Foundations
Yelp is a mobile app that connects people with great local businesses in more than 30 countries. In 2011 Yelp created the Yelp Foundation with one percent of company equity with the intent to make an impact locally. Here are five ways the Foundation keeps their grantmaking local.
Over time, the IRS will phase in a mandatory digital filing requirement for all Forms 990, and the intent is to release them all as open data. In other words, that which is born digital will be opened up to the public. The big takeaway is to know your 990-PF (or 990 for community foundations) because it may soon become one of your foundation's key communications vehicles.
Even the best grant proposal in the world isn't a direct link to grant funding. Before investing precious resources in a grants consultant, make sure you've taken these steps to shore up your development operation and strategy, strengthen relationships, and improve your chance of winning grants.
Foundation Center’s new tool, Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy, indicates that foundations made grants of almost $299 million between 2011 and 2014 in the campaigns, elections, and voting category, which includes support for implementation, research, reform, and/or mobilizations efforts related to campaign finance, election administration, redistricting, voting access, as well as voter registration, education, and turnout. More than half those grant dollars went for voter registration, education, and turnout initiatives, and, as one might expect, the annual total spiked in 2012, a presidential election year, as did funding for voting rights efforts.
The question of how to attract the attention of foundations that give only to preselected organizations (by some estimates, this is as many as 60 percent of all foundations) is a vexing one.
If you've written several grant proposals in your career, chances are you've heard at least one "no." As grant seekers, it is our job to distinguish between the "no's" that really mean "no, for now" and those that mean "no, never."
A representative of a local grassroots nonprofit asked a challenging question at a Foundation Center San Francisco event last month: How can smaller grassroots organizations compete with more established nonprofits to garner the support of funders? Shawn Dove from the Campaign for Black Male Achievement had some valuable advice, which he calls the “5 Rs”.
Daniel N. Belin, owner of Belin Consulting, discusses seven rules governing foundation grantmaking that are often misconstrued or misunderstood. He talks about the types of organizations foundations may support (not just 501(c)(3)s), what activities they cannot support, and giving to non-U.S. charities through a U.S.-based support organization.
Jen Bokoff, Director of Foundation Center's GrantCraft, discusses two new publications available for free on the GrantCraft site. Communication That Counts focuses on South African funding, and 21st-Century Community Foundations looks at the future of community foundations.
How can you spend more time asking for support and less time writing proposals? Here are five strategies to streamline your foundation fundraising program and ensure that you spend your time as effectively and efficiently as possible.