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Philanthropy Chat: Benton Murphy on the Washington Grantmakers' Common Grant Application


Benton Murphy, program officer for the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, explains how grantees can create a proposal that meets the requirements of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers' Common Grant Application. He points out how the form differs slightly for proposals for general operating support, capital campaigns, program support, and capacity building.

Philanthropy Chat: Benton Murphy on Letters of Intent/Inquiry


Benton Murphy, program officer for the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, explains how grantees can create a Letter of Intent/Inquiry (LOI) that meets the requirements of the Washington Regional Association Grantmakers' Common Grant Application.

Philanthropy Chat: Dana O'Neill on Scholarships for Low-Income Student Achievers


Dana O'Neill, program manager for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, discusses the foundation's Young Scholars Program and Community College Transfer Initiative.

Philanthropy Chat: John Lippincott on Alumnae Giving for Higher Education


John Lippincott, president of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, discusses alumnae giving and its critical role in fundraising for institutions of higher education.

Meet the Author: Jane C. Geever on What Funders Have to Say


Fundraising consultant and author Jane C. Geever gives insights into the proposal process from the grantmaker's perspective. This is a recording of a live event.

Philanthropy Chat: Ralph Lewin on the California Council for the Humanities


Ralph Lewin, associate executive director for the California Council for the Humanities, discusses the Council's current grantmaking programs, how it is integrating new media technologies into its grantmaking, and tips for artists who plan to approach the Council for support.

Giving Circles Panel Discussion


Three women describe the giving circles in which they are involved. The ensuing discussion covers the many varieties of giving circles that are emerging, expectations of donor-participants, and typical methods of operation. This is a recording of a live event.

Meet the Author: Morrie Warshawski, Shaking the Money Tree


Author and speaker Morrie Warshawski discusses how individuals, government agencies, foundations, corporations, small businesses, and other nonprofits can be possible supporters for film and video work. He helps grantseekers to assess which of these may be suitable prospects for a project and explains why filmmakers need skills in approaching each of these funder types. This is a recording of a live event.

Getting Started with Individual Donors


Learn the basic principles of fundraising from individuals, with particular emphasis on understanding the stages of the Donor Development Cycle. Judy Levine and Greg Cohen of Cause Effective answer questions on how to find and approach prospects, how to recognize their gifts, and the board's role in fundraising. This is a recording of a live event.

Philanthropy Chat: The California Cultural Data Project's Impact on Arts Grantseeking and Reporting


The new California Cultural Data Project is a centralized, online data management system for California arts and culture organizations. John McGuirk, program director for the arts at the James Irvine Foundation, and Bobbie Lippman, senior officer for culture and director of the Cultural Data Project for the Pew Charitable Trusts, discuss its benefits and impact on grantseeking and reporting.

Taking Volunteers to the Next Level: Using Student, Corporate, and Senior Volunteers


Three panelists describe their roles in coordinating or managing volunteer programs within different contexts: a corporation, a nonprofit agency, and a university. They discuss the nonprofit's role in recruiting and sustaining volunteers, managing expectations of both parties, and how programs are evaluated and measured. This is a recording of a live event.

Trustees are Volunteers Too! Featuring Consultants Michael Davidson and Anne Green


Trustees have important responsibilities, and they perform these duties as volunteers. Among the questions that consultants Michael Davidson and Anne Green answer: What is an effective board? Why is it important for each board member to donate to the organization? What tools are available for board assessment? What can you do about inactive or ineffective board members? How can a "consent agenda" make board meetings more efficient? and more. This is a recording of a live event.

Philanthropy Chat: Mary Gregory on PFS Clients' Giving Priorities


Mary Gregory, senior program officer for Pacific Foundation Services (PFS), discusses the giving priorities of PFS's clients and trends in the family foundation field. PFS administers the giving for a dozen Bay Area family foundations.

Philanthropy Chat: Bill Somerville on Creative and Responsive Grantmaking


Bill Somerville, founder and executive director of the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation (PVF), talks about his new book, Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker (read a review), offers advice for other philanthropists, and shares lessons learned from his years of experience in the field. PVF administers the giving for thousands of donors and specializes in responsive approaches to grantmaking.

Growing Up Green


Learn how nonprofits can "think green" in the early stages of their development, and how modest changes can have substantial impact for agencies at any stage and in any location. Learn about the economics of going green and how environmental practices may affect fundraising, as the speakers encourage nonprofits to realize that their physical spaces are assets for communicating their values to the public.

Meet the Grantmakers: Focus on the Environment


Three New York-based grantmakers describe their giving in climate and environmental areas, including their average grant size, application procedures, and evaluation requirements. They also offer general advice about fundraising in the New York area, tips related to grant writing, and future trends that they foresee in environmental funding. This is a recording of a live event.

Philanthropy Chat: Geoffrey Peters on Schedule G in the Revised IRS Form 990


If you don't know yet how the new Schedule G from the revised IRS Form 990 will affect your organization's fundraising reporting, Geoffrey Peters, president of Creative Direct Response, will describe the new schedule's requirements and how to ready your organization to complete it.

Philanthropy Chat: Carlie Wilmans on Investing in Bay Area Arts


Carlie Wilmans, director for the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and granddaughter of its founder, discusses her recent landmark gift to preserve David Ireland's home in San Francisco's Mission district and the institutional philanthropy of the Wattis Foundation, which was established five years ago to support the Bay Area arts community.

Philanthropy Chat: Eleanor Clement Glass on Silicon Valley Philanthropy


Eleanor Clement Glass, chief of donor engagement and giving at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, discusses the foundation's new giving priorities, how the current economic crisis is informing the foundation's work, what's on the minds of Silicon Valley donors, and trends in the Silicon Valley philanthropy scene.

Philanthropy Chat: Kathleen Cerveny on Support for Arts and Culture in Northeast Ohio


Kathleen Cerveny, program director for arts and culture at The Cleveland Foundation, talks about her role in developing and directing the foundation's special initiatives and programs, new activities currently underway, trends she is seeing in arts philanthropy, and information about The Cleveland Foundation that every grantseeker needs to know.

New York State Council on the Arts' Support for Arts Organizations


Five program directors of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) discuss the many varieties of support that the agency offers to arts organizations and focus on grant opportunities, eligibility, and the application process. This is a recording of a live event.

Philanthropy Chat: Deena Epstein on the Gund Foundation's Support for Arts and Culture


Deena Epstein, senior program officer for arts at the George Gund Foundation, discusses the foundation's current priorities and practices in arts grantmaking. She includes tips for first-time applicants, trends that nonprofits should be aware of, and insights on how funding decisions are made at the board level.

Philanthropy Chat Cleveland: J.T. Mullen on Foundation Investment and Spending in Times of Financial Turmoil


J.T. Mullen, senior vice president and chief financial officer at The Cleveland Foundation, discusses the foundation's investment strategy and spending policies during the recession and offers information and advice for weathering the current financial storm.

Lynn Basa on Winning Public Art Commissions


Chicago-based artist Lynn Basa shares highlights and tips from her book, The Artist's Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions. Nikki Estes, program and touring director for the Southern Arts Federation, leads the interview.

Philanthropy Chat: Deborah Hoover on Investing in Entrepreneurship


Deborah Hoover, president of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, describes the foundation's mission to support the free enterprise system through philanthropic investments in entrepreneurship. Ms Hoover describes how this type of giving is contributing to a renewed economy in Northeast Ohio and how it may be one way that foundations can effect an economic turnaround.