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Category: "Grantee/Stakeholder Relationships" (68 posts)

The Real World is Messy. How Do You Know Your Foundation Is Making an Impact?
June 7, 2017

In a perfect world, foundations could learn from every mistake, build on every new piece of knowledge, and know with certainty what impact every effort has made. It turns out knowledge sharing is a tough nut to crack.

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Open Yourself Up to New Solutions
April 5, 2017

If you’ve been following headlines since the 2016 election, you’ve probably thought about the growing polarization in our country. Most people fund people and organizations they already know through referrals and established networks, but if we’re going to solve the big problems facing our world, we need to move beyond our personal echo chambers.

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Glasspockets Find: “Dear Warren” Accounts for Impact of His $30 Billion Gift to the Gates Foundation
March 3, 2017

Bill & Melinda Gates recently posted their foundation’s annual letter, sharing progress from their work. This year's letter, "Dear Warren," had a personal twist and revealed how the largest private foundation accounts for its progress to a key stakeholder, Warren Buffet.

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Innovation at the Speed of Change: Exploring Knight’s Tech Innovation Portfolio
March 1, 2017

It’s become a truism to say that the world is changing, and that the pace and scale of change is ever accelerating. The Knight Foundation explains how the world of grantmaking, often criticized for its slow pace, is adapting to these rhythms.

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Soulful Innovation: Increasing Diverse Tech Entrepreneurship
February 22, 2017

Let's have a conversation about innovation with soul. The Kapor Center for Social Impact shares how the intersection of tech-for-good and grantmaking expands diverse entrepreneurship and benefits everyone.

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Tips from the Tech Sector on How Philanthropy Can Scale Impact
February 15, 2017

Why aren’t more nonprofits, like Khan Academies and Wikipedia, building software to create social change at scale? Learn how foundations can become accelerators for tech nonprofits.

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From Good Idea to Problem Solved: Funding the Innovation Means Funding the Process
February 8, 2017

Bush Foundation shares why philanthropy needs transparent and thoughtful ways to get community buy-in and a wide variety of perspectives to make those ideas a reality. Truly good ideas—those that will really have a sustainable impact—are often created in deep partnership and trust between organizations, leaders, and—most critically—the people most affected by a problem.

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From Early Stage Funding to Lasting Impact: The Venture Philanthropy Approach to Funding Innovation
February 1, 2017

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation leverages a venture capital philanthropy model to solve complex social issues. DRK Foundation finds, funds, and supports early stage social entrepreneurs whose ideas have the potential to drive systems-level change.

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Fueling Innovation Through Competition
January 25, 2017

Countless ideas are abandoned because entrepreneurs could not find the proper funding or mentorship to build their idea from a mere thought to a reality. This is where foundations and philanthropies, which might be more poised to take risks, can help fill the gap by providing grants to new social impact ideas and start-ups.

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If An Evaluation Was Commissioned But Never Shared, Did It Really Exist?
November 15, 2016

Very few foundations consistently share their evaluations with their grantees, other foundations, or the public. Why are foundations not sharing the lessons from commissioned evaluations?

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