Bruno Manno, Ph.D., senior associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, discusses the key roles that schools play in advancing the foundation's efforts to improve outcomes for families and children. As the lead in the foundation's education portfolio, Dr. Manno shares information about the foundation's experiences with investing in programs that give low-income parents the opportunity to send their children to high quality schools and to get services that strengthen their community-school connections.
Rick Noguchi, program officer for the arts for The James Irvine Foundation, discusses the Creative Connections Fund, which supports creativity and the expansion of diverse, relevant cultural offerings in local communities across California. The fund targets small- and mid-sized arts organizations and offers project grants of up to $50,000, over a maximum of 24 months, through an open, competitive review process.
The president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation for Education describes the foundation's strategic, outcomes-based approach to expanding college access and success, particularly among low-income, minority, and other under-represented populations. Mr. Merisotis shares valuable advice and insights for grantseeking organizations and his other partners in philanthropy, and discusses the economy's effects and the foundation's strategies for reaching its goal: To increase college attainment rates in the U.S. from 39 to 60 percent by 2025.
Laura Fredricks, author of The Ask: How to Ask Anyone for Any Amount for Any Purpose, talks about finding and cultivating individual donors, with a focus on educational institutions. This is a recording of a live event on June 3, 2009, in New York.
Dalya Massachi, founder of Writing for Community Success, discusses how nonprofits can enhance their fundraising effectiveness through writing to effect change in their communities.
Kristina Morris, Program Associate for The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, discusses their scholarships program and how individuals can apply to help fund their education.
Aaron Hurst, founder and CEO of the Taproot Foundation, discusses lessons his organization has learned over the last decade of managing volunteer teams, the current climate for corporate philanthropy and workplace volunteering, and how nonprofits can most effectively harness the volunteer talent that’s currently on the market.
Alissa Cook, Director of Client Management at TechBridge, explains how technical assistance organizations like hers can help nonprofits with technology issues. TechBridge is an Atlanta-based nonprofit that puts technology know-how in the hands of other nonprofits.
Fatima Angeles of The California Wellness Foundation provides an overview of the foundation's grantmaking priorities, a glimpse of trends in the field of health care philanthropy, and insights into best practices in securing foundation support.
Co-founder and partner Ann M. Duffett and president Steve Farkas of The Farkas Duffett Research Group (FDR Group) offer conceptual and practical steps to evaluate your organization and programs. They demystify the language of evaluation by explaining the different types of research tools that can inform decision-making, the difference between quantitative and qualitative research, and how to organize focus groups and surveys in order to elicit useful feedback.
This unprecedented event brings together the presidents of the Foundation Center and GuideStar to discuss how nonprofits are weathering the economic storm, how foundations are responding to support the sector, and the challenges, strategies, and opportunities for both going forward.
After years of working in the private sector, are you considering a career with a nonprofit? What transferable skills will you bring with you on your new journey? Explore these and other “sector switcher” questions with Michael Haynes, Principal of The Senyah Group, LLC. Discover techniques that will help you best leverage your corporate skills and experience in the nonprofit sector.
Philanthropy Chat: Flozell Daniels, Jr. and Ashley K. Shelton on Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation
Flozell Daniels Jr. and Ashley K. Shelton of the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation discuss the foundation's work aimed at recovery, response, and community development in Louisiana, on the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Dr. Ted Alexander of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation discusses the foundation's response to Hurricane Katrina, in the days immediately following the storm and its work that continues today, to support ongoing recovery and reconstruction activities that are rebuilding families and communities in Mississippi affected by the disaster.
David La Piana, author of Strategic Restructuring: Mergers, Integrations and Alliances, provides best practices in how nonprofits should approach collaborations, mergers, and other types of partnerships.
Ron Mattocks, author of Zone of Insolvency: How Nonprofits Avoid Hidden Liabilities and Build Financial Strength, discusses the reasons nonprofits experience periods of intense financial distress, sheds some light on the large number of nonprofits that are perpetually positioned in the "zone of insolvency," and outlines some options nonprofits have for reversing the situation, including how and when to consider dissolution.
The Lemelson Foundation's Patrick Maloney, program director, and Jill Tucker, senior program officer, discuss the Foundation's March Madness of the Mind event, an annual celebration of student innovation and entrepreneurship.
Frances Phillips, director of the Creative Work Fund and senior program officer at the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, discusses the Creative Work Fund's current grantmaking programs, reflects on the Fund's impact over the last 15 years, and provides tips for artists and arts organizations who plan to approach the Creative Work Fund for support.
Morrie Warshawski, consultant and author of Shaking the Money Tree: How to Get Grants and Donations for Film and Video, shares advice and lessons learned from his many years of helping filmmakers, arts organizations, and other nonprofit groups fulfill their fundraising goals.
Social media consultant Sherry Heyl previews her program on how arts organizations can use social media to share their artistic "hearts and souls" and connect with their audiences.
Philanthropy Chat: Brad Whitehead on Economic Development Grantmaking at the Fund for Our Economic Future
Brad Whitehead, president of Cleveland's Fund For Our Economic Future, discusses economic development grantmaking and the organization that he leads. Fund For Our Economic Future is a philanthropic collaboration of more than 70 foundations and agencies that aim to increase economic competitiveness across a 16-county area.
Tobie Stein, director of the Masters of Fine Arts Program in Performing Arts Management at Brooklyn College and author of Performing Arts Management: A Handbook of Professional Practices, describes the fundraising environment for performing arts groups and provides guidance for organizations preparing for their next fundraising campaign.
Denise Zeman, President and CEO of the Saint Luke's Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio, discusses grantmaking and nonprofit collaboration in response to the economic recession.
Paul Firstenberg, author of The 21st Century Nonprofit: Managing in the Age of Governance, 2nd ed., explores transparency and accountability, board recruitment issues, the development profession, challenges for executive directors, and capacity building for small nonprofits.
Marcie Bergman, Executive Director of the Cleveland Arts Prize, discusses 50 years of supporting and encouraging artists and promoting public awareness of artistic creativity in Northeast Ohio through the work of Arts Prize recipients.