Our EveryAction Hero: United Nations Foundation


Created in 1998, the United Nations Foundation links the United Nations' work with others around the world, helping the UN address a range of global issues, including climate change, global health, women’s empowerment, peace and security, poverty eradication, and more. What does the United Nations Foundation do? The United Nations Foundation has a very distinct role in the evolution of #GivingTuesday. The United Nations Foundation recently made the switch to EveryAction.

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.

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.

Decent Humans: Ellen McElligott at the Pat Tillman Foundation


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. Decent Humans

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.

Newman's Own Foundation $500k Holiday Challenge Invite


With #GivingTuesday and the holidays fast approaching, we wanted to make sure our nonprofit partners, and really all nonprofits were aware of a great opportunity available to them from Newman’s Own Foundation and CrowdRise. Here’s the invite: Fundraising Marketing

Managing Social Media at the Foundation Center

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

In our latest interview in our series on Junction C: Where Creating and Curating Meet Content and Conversation , Jereme Bivins, the social media manager for the Foundation Center, discusses his approach to working with five regional offices across the U.S.,

#GRANTS: Verizon Foundation Offers Support For Environmental & Educational Nonprofits

Non Profit Marketing 360

But did you know the Verizon Foundation also supports such nonprofits and charities with grants in money, kind, and service? The Foundation focuses on issues pertaining to K-through-12 education, health care, and sustainability/environmentalism, so if your organization is involved in any of these fields, you should reach out and touch them (Er, wrong service. They stress the fact that the foundation will not support land or major hardware/software purchases.

#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.

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.

#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.

#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.

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!

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.

Cause Marketing from Clinique Benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Cause Related Marketing

Clinique is owned by the Estee Lauder Companies, so the benefiting charity is the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which was founded by Evelyn Lauder in 1993.

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#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).

Want to get that next grant? 5 steps to start building relationships with foundations

Wild Woman Fundraising

I’m great at writing grants but not as great at building a relationship with the foundations. Sure, here’s how to start building relationships with foundations. 5 steps to start building relationships with foundations originally appeared on Wild Woman Fundraising on December 17, 2012. I am answering reader questions! Because Wild Woman Fundraising Readers ROCK! So what questions are we answering today? On 11/09/2012 06:01 PM, Sarah wrote: > > Hola Mazarine! >

Why Your Foundation Needs a Brand

Mission Minded

Private Foundations don’t have the same reasons as nonprofits do to build a strong brand. Foundations already have money. Recently, one of our clients, who serves as the head of a family foundation, said to me, “Grantmaking is the […]. Blog branding Foundations fundraising Let’s face it. What does it matter what anyone thinks about them? Plenty, it turns out.

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.

Ep189: Dunkin' Rebrands Foundation to Bring More "Joy In Childhood"

Selfish Giving

Today on CauseTalk Radio , Megan and I talk to Christine Riley Miller , Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility & Corporate Foundation for Dunkin' Brands , about the company's new, re-branded foundation, the Joy in Childhood Foundation.

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.

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.

Asking foundations to fund development staff is a waste?

Wild Woman Fundraising

In a recent Stanford Social Innovation review blog post , Paul Connolly talked about the new findings of the TCC group around the Packard Foundation’s grantees. I would like every single foundation reading this to understand this.

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!

Nonprofits and Foundations: Don’t Forget the Infographics


But, some foundations and nonprofits have started to understand the value of this tool to visually simplify information that’s difficult to convey in text. Check out the infographics page on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation site.

National Parkinson Foundation celebrates 10,000th Facebook fan


Donordigital joins in celebrating with its client National Parkinson Foundation in reaching its 10,000th Facebook fan. Donordigital worked with National Parkinson Foundation to run a Facebook Ad campaign with the goal of recruiting 10,000 new Facebook fans.

Introducing the Angelcheeks Foundation

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

In living memory of their son, he and his wife have now founded the Angelcheeks Foundation, to make grants to families in need, and to education on issues surrounding Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Tags: video Nonprofit angelcheeks foundations

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.

Get Seen By Private Foundations

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

If you've done any sort of prospecting for new foundation grants, either using one of the resources from the Foundation Center or any other publisher, you've certainly come across those listings that describe the perfect prospect - interested in your mission, located nearby, lots of money to give - but then you come across those fatal phrases: "Applications not accepted," or it's partner, "Contributes only to pre-selected organizations."

Prostate Cancer Foundation Bunts a Blooper Into the Infield

Cause Related Marketing

Tags: Prostate Cancer Foundation BusinessWeek Newsweek Major League Baseball Go Red for Women Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Macy’s Cause Marketing for the National Park Foundation

Cause Related Marketing

Today, Saturday April 25, 2009, when you go into Macy’s and give $5 to the National Park Foundation, Macy’s will give you $5 off a $15 (or more) purchase and a ‘shopping pass’ that allows you 20 percent off basically anything else in the store.In

Nonprofits, Foundations, And Capital Formation

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

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. naturally stimulates job creation" then he should be encouraging more billionaires to tie up their wealth in foundation endowments. 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.

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.

A Rookie's Guide to Online Fundraising and Marketing (Foundation Center)

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I had the pleasure to present to an audience at the Foundation Center in downtown Washington, DC on October 16, 2009. Scroll down below "Related Documents" to download the presentation slides.

Kenneth Rainin Foundation Debuts Strategic New Website

Mission Minded

Mission Minded is proud to have designed the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s new website, which launched this month. The new design demonstrates the Foundation’s personality and captures the innovative thinking and cutting-edge ethos that drives their grantmaking in three primary giving areas: the Arts, Education, and Health.

Silk Soymilk and The Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Cause Related Marketing

Tags: New York Times Silk Soymilk Energy Star Campbell's Labels for Education Bonneville Environmental Foundation WhiteWave Foods Thomas Friedman General Mills BoxTops for Education Green Tags

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

Why Your Foundation Gets to Break Our Tagline Rules

Mission Minded

So why do we let foundations break our rules? Uncategorized Foundations Nonprofit taglinesWe’re big believers in creating taglines that compel your audience to take action. When we facilitate our Taglines that Tell session with a nonprofit, we are insistent that a tagline must command the audience into action and support. In fact, one of our fundamental rules for [.].