Designing for Community Change

SocialButterfly

Determinants of Health are also one of the four new Foundation Health Measures which will be used as guides to monitor progress toward promoting health, preventing disease and disability, eliminating disparities, and improving quality of life in the United States.

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Upside Down Philanthropy – Foundation for the Future of Giving

Mission Minded

Mission Minded works with many outstanding foundations. The 3 featured below have turned foundation support upside down, so if you work for a foundation or seek support from them, this post is for you.

Is Community Engagement or Awareness Essential? Depends on Your Mission.

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Engaging our community to keep people inspired by and active in our work. “Engaging our community” is the #1 nonprofit communications goal overall. Will the way an arts organization approaches its communications work vary significantly from a social service agency?

How NOT to write a letter to your supporter community

iMarketSmart

Although this letter is meant for the “community” (non-donors and donors), this is NOT how you should ever address people. Dear University of Maryland community: In late 2006, the University of Maryland publicly launched the $1 billion Great Expectations campaign.

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Jolkona Foundation: Measuring Impact

A Small Change

Jolkona Foundation has some great ideas about how to measure donor impact. What inspired you to start the Jolkona Foundation? One to one” refers to the fact that all donations via the Jolkona Foundation website make a specific impact with which the individual donor can identify.

Carter Center versus Clinton Foundation. A Tale of Two Audiences (An #npcomm Showdown)

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

I just couldn’t get enough of presidential politics in the past few weeks, so for the next #NPComm Showdown, let’s look at the communications strategies of foundations started by two political powerhouses. The Clinton Foundation’s approach to the annual report is filled with best practices.

Decent Humans: Laura Glaza at The Allstate Foundation

CrowdRise

Decent Humans is what we call the incredible community we witness on CrowdRise each and every day doing amazing things for good. And each month, we’re going to highlight a Decent Human in the nonprofit world that’s devoting their time and passion to giving back and making a difference. We hope that by sharing their stories of aid, altruism, and passion, others will be inspired to make an even greater impact on the world we live in. Marketing Decent Humans

#PHILANTHROPY: #Sundance & A3 Foundation Extend Cooperation for Asian-American Artists

Non Profit Marketing 360

Shot from a film sponsored by the A3 Foundation. According to their own site, “The A3 Fellows Program is the inaugural program for the foundation placing emerging artists with seasoned artists to learn and grow.

#GRANT: Dell Computers & Dell Foundation Offer Resources For Youth & Environment

Non Profit Marketing 360

Michael and Susan Dell established their foundation in 1999 in an effort to present their booming company as a corporate citizen. The efforts of the foundation are to multiply the work of Dell’s individual employees: Being a good corporate citizen is more than just writing a check to a nonprofit and checking ‘complete’ next to your external branding strategy. In all these cases, the foundation clearly wants to support the youth in the US and abroad.

#Fundraising: How To Apply For Grants From The Gates Foundation

Non Profit Marketing 360

In our ongoing series on helping our readers find sources of grants and apply for them, we turn to the Gates Foundation, founded by Microsoft’s previous CEO, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda. In the public imagination, the good work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation goes a long way to erase all those terrible memories of Windows Millennium, Service Pack Y (incompatible with Service Pack X), and Blue Screens of Death.

#Fundraising: How To Apply For Grants From The Gates Foundation

Non Profit Marketing 360

In our ongoing series on helping our readers find sources of grants and apply for them, we turn to the Gates Foundation, founded by Microsoft’s previous CEO, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda. In the public imagination, the good work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation goes a long way to erase all those terrible memories of Windows Millennium, Service Pack Y (incompatible with Service Pack X), and Blue Screens of Death.

Decent Humans: Chilton at Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan New York

CrowdRise

Decent Humans is what we call the incredible community we witness on CrowdRise each and every day doing amazing things for good. And each month, we’re going to highlight a Decent Human in the nonprofit world that’s devoting their time and passion to giving back and making a difference. We hope that by sharing their stories of aid, altruism, and passion, others will be inspired to make an even greater impact on the world we live in. Marketing Decent Humans

Deeper Dive into the Knight Foundation's Connected Citizens Report: Building Connections and Engaging Your Community

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The intent of our report Connected Citizens: The Power, Peril and Potential of Networks , was to explore the role of networks in community life and how loose networks of individuals are affecting social change. . This is also true among communities. As neighbors contribute to the forum, they start to feel more connected and have a greater sense of ownership in their community. Another main goal of the report was to see how the roles communities might play out in the future.

#GRANTS: The Lawrence Foundation Can Help Your Environmental Or Health Program

Non Profit Marketing 360

In our ongoing periodic series on sources for grants, we have focused on foundations tied to the great tech companies of our day. In this installment we present a foundation not obviously linked to that sector of the economy, though in fact it is intimately entwined. Over the last decade-plus, the foundation has offered over $3 million to projects concerning education, health, the environment, and disaster relief (local and international).

Gulf Coast Community Foundations

Fundraising Breakthroughs

Council on Foundations offers information and links to community foundations serving those affected by Hurricane Katrina

10 Ways to Celebrate Nonprofit Online Community Members Using Social Media

J Campbell Social Marketing

Today I am hosting the #Commbuild Twitter chat and the topic is creative ways to celebrate online community members. Here are 10 ideas and ways to celebrate, acknowledge and reward your online community members for being there for you and for being awesome!

Laying a Good Foundation: Short-Term Priorities for Nonprofit Marketing

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Laying a great foundation for the expansion of your nonprofit''s marketing and donation efforts can help you find success now while planning long-term goals. Consider sending thank you notes from volunteers, community members, or a person who was directly impacted by their donation.

Nonprofit Spotlight: Firecracker Foundation

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

Meet Firecracker Foundation. On a day-to-day basis, The Firecracker Foundation works with survivors of childhood sexual trauma through long-term strategies of therapy, arts enrichment, and yoga practice. On a larger scale, however, The Firecracker Foundation is about community.

Gates Foundations Seeks Communications Proposals—Game Changer

Getting Attention

This RFP is focused on development organizations but I hope more funding will follow from Gates and other foundations, as a recognition of how crucial engagement is to achieving organizational and programmatic goals. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a call for communications proposals to “help change the narrative on foreign aid.” At last—funding specifically directed to communications!

#INTERVIEW with Lori Jacobwith, Communications & Fundraising Coach, & Founder of the Ignited Online Fundraising Community

Non Profit Marketing 360

She founded the Ignited Online Fundraising Community and is author of the forthcoming book, Withism’s from Lori: Boldness, Clarity and Wisdom for Fundraising Professionals Making a Difference. NPM360: I’m particularly interested in your online fundraising community.

Next Generation of Philanthropy: Jolkona Foundation

A Small Change

Yesterday your read about the motivation behind Jolkona Foundation and a little bit more about some what they are trying to accomplish with the ability to measure the impact of each donation. What is an example of the kind of partnerships you create with the Jolkona Foundation? For every gift that organization receives through Jolkona Foundation, they will send before-and-after photos of the person receiving that specific gift.

Fourth of July - Peachtree "Community" Road Race

Diva Marketing Blog

It’s a community experience where generations of family and friends often walk together to celebrate life. The brand can create a framework but it is the community who builds community. James Balke’s designs demonstrate foundational concepts can produce distinctive outcomes.

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Tips & Tricks from the Foundation Side of Grant Seeking

Fundraising Coach

More importantly, she's even worked in a foundation that gave out grants. She goes into much more detail in The Nonprofit Academy training Tips & Tricks from the Foundation Side of Grant Seeking. Tips & Tricks from the Foundation Side of Grant Seeking.

Foundations: Innovation, Really?

Fundraising Breakthroughs

Among interviewees and participant advisors to the project that resulted in the report Caring to Change , many see foundations as embodying double standards for innovation and risk. With all the trendy and appealing chatter about “innovation” and game-changing, scalable solutions (see White House, see new journals, see social venture philanthropy), I’m wondering if mainstream and family foundations are enough a part of the conversation. Foundations can afford to be risk-takers.

Follow-up: When Community Foundations Merge

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

Back in May, I first wrote about the impending merger of the Peninsula Community Foundation and Community Foundation Silicon Valley. I said this because I truly admire and appreciate both foundations as they've been. Despite the size of each, they've always managed to remain very grounded in the communities, and very responsive to and approachable by the grassroots nonprofits. What I'd like to see from the new, larger foundation, is not larger grants.

Are you a foundation looking for nonprofits to fund? Consider this.

Wild Woman Fundraising

If you work at a foundation or sit on the board for a foundation, I highly encourage you to pick this up. Below, I share some of his ideas, and how these might be relevant to the funding model that many foundations seem to use.). Hey Foundations!

When Community Foundations Merge Do Nonprofits Win?

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

This would create one of the largest community foundations in the nation, and is being promoted as way of bringing additional resources to "struggling nonprofits." Both community foundations are very strongly identified with their communities, as should be the case. Losing a major community foundation to "the suburbs" of Palo Alto or any rival further north is not something that they will take lightly.

More or Better Corporate Partnerships? How National Park Foundation Addressed a "Good Problem" [SPONSORED]

Selfish Giving

Heading into the new year, Stefanie Mathew , Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at the National Park Foundation (NPF) , knew the nonprofit had a strong wind at its back. Stefanie Mathew, National Park Foundation.

Nonprofits, Foundations, And Capital Formation

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

Certainly, for all the reasons mentioned in his post, nonprofits contribute to and benefit the economy of our nation and our individual communities. Of the money pledged by the 40+ billionaires, most of it will not be heading directly to our community service organizations; it will be sitting in foundation endowments, being granted out at a rate of 5% each year. Tags: economics the pledge Nonprofit endowments foundations economy

Why Do Corporate Foundations Spread Their Grants so Broadly?

Cause Related Marketing

The mine, owned by Kennecott and its corporate parent Rio Tinto, charges a modest vehicle entrance fee that goes to the Kennecott Utah Copper Visitor’s Center Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) private foundation which divvies it up the proceeds among local charities. There’s also a gift shop in the visitor’s center and proceeds from the sales of items there also benefits the Foundation. The year 2010 was a record year for the Foundation, it donated $186,000.

Bring Your Experience to Your Community (Case Study: Curtis Institute)

Getting Attention

Historically, the school has done a great job opening itself up to the community (and building a strong base of support) via frequent free or low-charge concerts at Curtis and other cultural venues throughout the city.

Grants for Communities Innovating in Urban Forestry

Seeking Grant Money Today

From The Foundation Center. [If To be eligible for a TD Green Streets grant, qualified municipalities must be a current Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA-designated community within TD Bank''s United States footprint. Municipalities are encouraged to apply in partnership with community partners such as nonprofit organizations, schools, businesses, etc. environment grants RFP the foundation center

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Foundations Using Social Media for Movement Building

A. Fine Blog

The topic for this month’s Social Good Podcast is on the ways that foundation’s are using social media to support movement building. The guests are Suphatra Laviolette of the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Michael Smith of the Case Foundation.

Grants for Communities Using Arts and Culture to Revitalize Their Community

Seeking Grant Money Today

From The Foundation Center. [If Deadline: February 1, 2012(Preliminary Applications) Kresge Foundation Invites Preliminary Applications for Arts and Community Building and Artists' Skills and Resources Grant Opportunities The Kresge Foundation 's Arts and Culture Program seeks to foster the power of arts and culture to recharge and rebuild communities of all sizes in the United States. community revitalization grants arts the foundation center

Gates Foundation Donations vs. Foundation Investments

Seeking Grant Money Today

This post is in reference to the January 8, 2007, The Seattle Times article, "Gates Foundation Invests In Firms Accused of Abuses" by Charles Piller at [link] This issue is an excellent red flag. Ask, 'is there a direct connection between their foundation (the actual donor) and the corporation whose business is hurting your clientele and people in the community?' Tags: Bill Melinda Gates Foundation Microsoft ethical concerns donations

Grants for Community Public Lands Organizations

Seeking Grant Money Today

From The Foundation Center. [As Deadline: January 13, 2012 National Environmental Education Foundation Offers Funding for Volunteer Groups Serving Public Lands The National Environmental Education Foundation , with funding from Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc. RFP grants environment the foundation centerAs always, if you are interested in this grant opportunity, click "Link to Complete RFP" at the end of this blog post, for more information].

The Foundation of the Future.

Seeking Grant Money Today

Strong foundations of the future will show their age! Healthy foundations, today, are striving to work with nonprofits, fulfill donors' goals, and ultimately work with community partners for results, as evidenced by some of our oldest American foundations, for example The Rockefeller Foundation. Foundations have become strategic. American foundations have done even more, especially in recent years.

Grants for Nonprofits Working With Community Members to Improve Their Communities

Seeking Grant Money Today

From The Foundation Center. Deadline: August 30, 2009 Tom's of Maine, "50 States for Good" Initiative Offers Program Funding for Nonprofits With a total community action fund of $100,000, Tom's of Maine's "50 States for Good" initiative is celebrating and rewarding nonprofits from across the country whose efforts are focused on lasting, positive change in the community. Tags: RFP community grants the foundation center

Grants for Organizations, Designers, Artists, Etc. Working With Local and National Partners to Transform/Impact Community Vibrancy

Seeking Grant Money Today

From The Foundation Center. [If Deadline: December 13, 2013 (Letters of Inquiry) "ArtPlace Invites Letters of Inquiry for Creative Place-making Projects "ArtPlace , a nationwide initiative to drive community revitalization through the arts, is inviting Letters of Inquiry for its fourth round of funding through its Innovation Grants program. "A Certain ArtPlace funders also are committed to working in specific states or communities.

More Mailbag: How do you tell a story about a community foundation?

Nonprofit Marketing Blog

We are a community foundation operating in a low wealth area. We want to build endowments to support every area of charitable work in our community. You want to show how your foundation relates to one person’s - or one group of people’s - deeply held emotional beliefs. You need to make your foundation relevant to each of these audiences, on their terms. Suppose they are big on community pride. Today, I’m answering more reader mail!

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