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.

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

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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.

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. It’s essentially building a culture of philanthropy.

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.

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.

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

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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.

#Philanthropy: Get Involved With Some Of The Biggest Corporate Donors

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A list of the top 50 (as of July 2011) can be found at The Foundation Center ‘s website. Bank Of America is listed on The Foundation Center ‘s list as having given $190,668,042 in 2009.

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

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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

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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.

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

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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).

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!

Back to the Future of Philanthropy

Nonprofit Consultant Blog

I received a kind email from Erik Anderson, of the Donor Dreams Blog , suggesting I take on the subject of The Future of Philanthropy for this month's nonprofit blog carnival. Fulton begins her exploration with the establishment of the modern foundation form in the U.S.

#PHILANTHROPY: Evidence Of ‘Emerging Charitable Markets’ & How To Tap Into Them

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An article on yesterday’s E-Jewish Philanthropy caught our eye because the authors did a really interesting bit of research into the top givers in US in this calendar year.

Reader Questions: Snow White and the 7 Faces of Philanthropy

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On 08/24/2012 09:01 PM, Queen B wrote: I would love more information on raising money through events (NOT auctions), planned giving, and I have not even the foggiest notion what the seven faces of philanthropy are. Here are the 7 faces of philanthropy: Dopey?

Embedded Philanthropy: A New Age of Giving

A Small Change

Philanthropy has become more than gifts to charity and is now a form of self expression. This can be best seen as businesses have started to use philanthropy to sell their products and improve their world. We are at the beginning of a new age of giving and embedded philanthropy is one of the first signs. I get more excited when I see a business that is willing to tackle a problem than one is using philanthropy as a tool to increase sales.

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#Philanthropy: As Steve Jobs The CEO Retires, Will Steve Jobs The Philanthropist Step Forward?

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They all founded foundations and gave away scads of money in their later years. or any foundation he has attached himself to. In other words, Apple and Jobs seem not to be indifferent to corporate philanthropy, they appear hostile toward it. Keep your hands off of my stack.

Kid Philanthropy

The Agitator

Now his Little Red Wagon Foundation has generated 27 trailer trucks of aid, received a $25,000 check from Elton John, and is the focus of a $5 million film. Tags: Don't Miss these Posts charities fundraising nonprofit management philanthropy Here’s a great story from the Washington Post about young people — ages like 11, 12, and 13 — and their fundraising activities. Zach Bonner set out to help homeless kids in his area of Florida.

Foundations: Innovation, Really?

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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.

#Philanthropy: Livestrong Bucked Economy & ROI Expectations Via SM

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Advice Blogs Branding Campaigns Case Study Cause Marketing Communications Community Crowdfunding Development Event Events Facebook Fundraising Health Nonprofit Perspectives Public Relations Social Media Storytelling Twitter advocacy Cancer survivor Charitable organization communication Fast Company Great Recession Lance Armstrong Lance Armstrong Foundation Livestrong Marketing and Advertising Non-profit organization Social network

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A response to “Bad Nonprofit Consultants” from Inside Philanthropy

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Todd Cohen, editor of the Philanthropy Journal, wrote a blog post on how bad nonprofit consultants can be. One consultant alone cannot overcome the fact that no one on the board has ties to a foundation.

Chronicle of Philanthropy Discussion on Millennials


This Tuesday, the Chronicle of Philanthropy hosted a live discussion -"Engaging Millennials for Social Causes" with guest host Allison H. Fine also recently published a very interesting paper- "The Social Citizen" -on the Case Foundation's Social Citizens blog. Question from Sara Koppelman , Sports 4 All Foundation: What are the top three ways you think nonprofit groups can communicate with millenials ?

What everyone is missing about the 2018 $410 billion giving figure from Giving USA


The biggest surge was in giving to holding pens such as foundations. Many philanthropists gave their money to their own foundations and donor-advised funds, not directly to charities. Washington Post: “Una Osili, a dean and economics professor at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, says the school’s research shows that the percentage of U.S. So, having a DAF (or a foundation) allows them to first give the money away to a holding pen as they do their due diligence.

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Fundraising and Philanthropy people to follow on Twitter

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Notices on when you get a chance to meet with foundation employees? Well, recently I followed every single foundation on the Foundation Center’s website listing, and I put them in a list on my twitter feed. You can find specific foundations that are relevant to your cause, or just follow them all. if you’re not following your favorite foundations on twitter already, ask yourself, why not? Okay, enough evangelizing the foundation social media thing.

Caring Enough to Change Philanthropy

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I just finished reading a new report on bettering philanthropy, Caring to Change: Foundations for the Common Good, the result of a project developed by Mark Rosenman in collaboration with the Aspen Institute's Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. A veteran researcher and thought leader in the nonprofit and philanthropy sector, Mark’s expertise is in critique and improvement its infrastructure and capacity to influence public policy.

Nonprofits, Foundations, And Capital Formation

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On Sean Stannard-Stockton's Tactical Philanthropy blog , he commented that "One of the most bizarre criticisms of the Giving Pledge is the idea that it will hurt the economy." But, in relation to the Gates-Buffett pledge, there's another "dirty little secret" of why the Forbes readers (assumed captains of industry) should support philanthropy of this scale: Endowments. Tags: economics the pledge Nonprofit endowments foundations economy

[Guest Post] Quitting the Culture Club – Why blaming a lack of culture of philanthropy is just plain lazy

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In the midst of our conversation, Dan said he didn''t let his team use the term "a culture of philanthropy." Francis Foundation based in Springfield, Illinois and an officer on the Board of Directors for NCDC (the National Catholic Development Conference).

Can I get a hell yes? Thank you RE:Philanthropy & Dan Pallotta!

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RE:Philanthropy wrote this review of Dan Pallotta’s talk to the council on philanthropy, and I just want to shout, “FRABJOUS DAY!&#. When I read this on the RE:Philanthropy blog, I was floored. Dan Pallotta, bestselling author of “Uncharitable” and founder of the AIDSRide and 3-Day breast-cancer walk, tells 1,000 foundation representatives that nonprofits should “step boldly” into radically new ways to scale their impact.

Wrap-Up: AFP Mass Conference on Philanthropy

Selfish Giving

I talked about Massage Envy & The Arthritis Foundation and how to choose a cause for cause marketing. Thanks to everyone who came out to my presentation today! It was fun. Here’s a copy of my presentation.

Cause Marketing or Corporate Philanthropy Program? It’s Not a Yes or No Question.

Cause Related Marketing

The question was prompted by a press release I saw recently announcing a new cause marketing effort from Godiva, the high-end chocolatier owned by the Turkish company Yildiz Holding, and headlined ‘Godiva Launches Philanthropy Program.’ Now Godiva almost certainly didn’t write the headline for the release I saw, but a quick reading made it clear that what Godiva was announcing was more a cause marketing than a corporate philanthropy effort.

Foundations and Social Media: Fad or Future?

A. Fine Blog

The few well-known examples of foundations acting like Networked Nonprofits have become so oft-repeated that they’re almost cliches – the David and Lucile Packard Foundation using a wiki to generate new ideas for their nitrogen program, the Case Foundation’s use of their blogs to weave conversations, the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge to invest in next [.].

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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. Tags: Giving Carnival the future foundations

There Are Only Three Ways to Raise More Money


Every nonprofit organization needs more of two things: time and money. Okay, every organization (nonprofit or for-profit) could use more of those two resources.

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How Philanthropy Destroys Charity & More on Volunteer Giving

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The first is to point you to an article in the Guardian (UK) called "Why business won't save the world ," in which the author talks about efforts, such as the Gates Foundation's work in vaccine development, and asks some very good questions about the effect on nonprofit work when a few wealthy individuals drive the nonprofit sector's agenda. Tags: giving volunteers philanthropy Nonprofit mission foundations I have two short items to blog about today.

Not a Joke: Foundations That Abuse Their Superpower, Convening

Fundraising Breakthroughs

Mark Rosenman’s new report Caring to Change reminded me of my own scattered but at times impassioned critique of foundation practice. What nonprofit professional more experienced than a 6-month intern doesn’t know this rule: if you need people to come to a meeting, let them know a foundation officer will be there. And even less so, when I recall that a few months after I heard that “joke,” I heard a similar one about the same foundation from a group of women business owners.

Resource Roundup: Michael Phelps’ Foundation, Funding Operating Costs, etc.

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy offers some tips on finding general operating support. Professional Fundraising predicts that venture philanthropy is on the rise. Potlatch Fund brings philanthropy to tribal communities. What’s in a name—or lack of one?: $85

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Resource Roundup: Foundations Critiqued, Twitter History, Nonprofit Weatherproofing

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Economic Xchange : A collaborative initiative on how the current economy impacts philanthropy. Weingart Foundation offers support to underwrite nonprofits’ administrative costs. Escaping the perpetuity mindset trap , an excellent critique of foundation giving. You think you know foundations? Social Good podcast: Turning friends into supporters: Tags: philanthropy fundraising boards foundations communications

Cold calling major donors to arrange appointments doesn’t work— but this method does


Trust is the cornerstone in the foundation of any relationship. No one likes getting cold calls and you probably don’t like making them.

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Results of Foundation Center Study on America's Foundations' Level of Granting Given Today's Tough Financial Times

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This Thursday I sat in on a Foundation Center "Outlook On Foundation Giving" webinar given by Steven Lawrence, the Senior Director of Research at The Foundation Center. The Foundation Center conducts studies on various aspects of philanthropy, throughout the year, annually, and provides the findings in published reports , such as the Foundations Today Series. Community foundations gave nearly 14% (13.9%

Resource Roundup: Foundation Trends, Overhead, Major Gift Asks, and More

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A Small Change Fundraising Blog shares Current and Future Trends in Foundations. Check out the Paying for Overhead Study to get insight into what costs foundations will and won’t cover. Drink for Charity : Add one part philanthropy, one part alcohol, and stir.

Findings: Rural Non Profits Have More Difficulties Raising Foundation Support; Foundations Focus on More Urban Type Results

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With the following findings perhaps rural non profits and foundations can find ways to bridge the difficulties they face in forming strong relationships. From The Foundation Center's August 7, 2007; Volume 13; Issue 32 Edition of Philanthropy News Digest. National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Press Release 8/02/07. Kellogg Foundation relationships National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy the foundation center