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Philanthropy Chat: Kandace Evelyn on The Taproot Foundation's Service Grants


Kandace Evelyn, program manager for the Taproot Foundation's Washington, DC, office, introduces the foundation's Service Grants, which award free professional consulting services by a team of 5-6 business professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to help a nonprofit in their community.

The Volunteer Leadership Ladder


Learn about what makes a successful volunteer program; how to plan, manage, and evaluate corporate volunteer efforts; and details about Credit Suisse's volunteer program. This is a recording of a live event in New York on April 30, 2009.

Philanthropy Chat: Eva Blum on PNC Bank's Support for Early Childhood Education


The senior vice president and director of community affairs at PNC Bank and chair of the PNC Foundation discusses the PNC Grow Up Great program, a ten-year, $100 million dollar investment in early childhood education. Ms. Blum also shares information about PNC's additional philanthropic interests in education and other fields.

High Net Worth Philanthropy: Giving Behaviors of America's Wealthiest Donors


Two representatives of Bank of America's Philanthropic Management group, Ken Goody, senior relationship manager, and Claire Costello, national practice executive, discuss the findings from The 2008 Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy: Issues Driving Charitable Activities among Affluent Households. Afterward, three development professionals respond to the report's data and answer the audience's questions. This is a recording of a live event.

Philanthropy Chat: John Beahm on Supporting Student Humanitarian Work


The Jenzabar Foundation's executive director discusses the foundation's keen interest in supporting collegiate student leaders who are providing humanitarian efforts around the globe and the challenges and rewards of the foundation's work. The foundation's investments in education aim to foster a culture of service, and to teach and inspire future generations to create a better world.

Philanthropy Chat: Peter York on What Makes Nonprofits Sustainable


The senior vice president and director of research for the TCC Group discusses characteristics of successful nonprofits, based on a survey of nearly 700 nonprofits. The report found that effective leadership is the strongest predictor of nonprofit sustainability, followed by fundraising/financial management and program staffing and management.

Philanthropy Chat: Jonathan Bydlak on Scholarships Funded by Individual Donors


Jonathan Bydlak, executive director of, discusses how the nonprofit online service enables donors to direct their contributions to the types of students they would like to fund. The nonprofit then awards scholarships to students based on the interests of donors in the marketplace.

Philanthropy Chat: Bruno Manno on the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Investments in Education


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.

Philanthropy Chat: Rick Noguchi on the Creative Connections Fund


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.

Philanthropy Chat: Jamie Merisotis on the Lumina Foundation's Investments in Higher Education


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 on Raising Major Gifts for Education


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.

Philanthropy Chat: Dalya Massachi on Writing Outstanding Fundraising and Marketing Materials


Dalya Massachi, founder of Writing for Community Success, discusses how nonprofits can enhance their fundraising effectiveness through writing to effect change in their communities.

Philanthropy Chat: Kristina Morris on The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta's Scholarships


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.

Philanthropy Chat: Aaron Hurst on Corporate Pro Bono Services


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 on How Nonprofits Can Get Help with Technology


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.

Philanthropy Chat: Fatima Angeles on The California Wellness Foundation's Grantmaking


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.

Evaluating Your Impact: Basics for Smaller Charities


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.

Turning Crisis Into Opportunity: A Conversation With Two Nonprofit Sector Leaders


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.

Philanthropy Chat: Michael Haynes on Career Transitions into the Nonprofit Sector


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.

Philanthropy Chat: Ted Alexander on Post-Katrina Mississippi


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.

Philanthropy Chat: David La Piana on How Nonprofits Should Approach Strategic Restructuring


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.

Philanthropy Chat: Ron Mattocks on the "Zone of Insolvency"


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.

Philanthropy Chat: Patrick Maloney and Jill Tucker on Investing in Innovation


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 on the Creative Work Fund's Support for the Arts


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.