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Designing Partner-Centered Grantmaking Processes

Human-centered design is on the rise within the social sector. Governments, nonprofits, and social enterprises are increasingly generating products, systems, and processes that put the people primarily affected by a problem at the center of their design process. Called “design…

By Vanessa Stevens (she/her)

February 13, 2020

The problem with everything being all about relationships

Hi everyone, this week is Valentine’s Day, arguably the most annoying and stressed-filled day ever. I like it as much as I like infinity scarves. But at least we have #NonprofitPickupLines on Twitter. Go make that trend again. “Hey there, is your…

By Vu Le (he/him)

February 13, 2020

Buy local, hire local, live local: the Greater University Circle model for equitable development

Reprinted from the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy. A Tale of Two Cities Cleveland’s Greater University Circle neighborhood has long been considered the city’s premiere cultural, medical, and educational district. Home to powerhouse institutions like Case Western Reserve University,…

By India Pierce Lee (she/her)

February 11, 2020

Inside Candid’s first year: staff musings

In case you missed it, February 1 marked the first anniversary of Candid’s creation. Last week, members of our executive team shared their thoughts on the past year. Today, staff members in different program areas, of varying tenures, and located…

By Suzanne Coffman (she/her)

February 10, 2020

What it takes to secure a major private grant

For those of us who work with private foundations, grant writer has become a bit of a misnomer. Outside of some select circumstances, robust proposals can be rarities. Your initial introduction to funders is likely to take the form of…

By Susan Schaefer (she/her)

February 6, 2020

Attracting your best corporate partner

Imagine going on a first date with someone you think you’re really interested in. I know the rules have changed a lot since I’ve been in the game, but I bet some things have stayed the same. Even if you’re…

By Jessica James (she/her)

February 5, 2020

IRS revises Form 1023 for applying for tax-exempt status

As part of an ongoing effort to improve service for the tax-exempt community, the Internal Revenue Service has revised Form 1023 to allow electronic filing for the first time starting later this month. To help charities apply for Section 501(c)(3)…

By U.S. Internal Revenue Service

February 5, 2020

Inside Candid’s first year: the executive team

Last Saturday, February 1, marked a big day for Candid: the one-year anniversary of our creation. After some last-minute delays, that afternoon Foundation Center president Brad Smith and GuideStar president and CEO Jacob Harold signed the documents that combined the…

By Suzanne Coffman (she/her)

February 3, 2020

Face time with Candid, February-April 2020

Candid staff will—literally—be all over the map during the next three months. If you're attending any of these events, please say hello to get some face time with Candid colleague(s) who are  there. Before getting into the details, we encourage…

By Suzanne Coffman (she/her)

January 31, 2020

Join the next decade of foundation transparency

Ten years ago, you rarely found references to foundation transparency. Most mentions at the time focused on its importance for grantees or governments. But the world was changing to one in which everyone expected to be able to find all…

By Janet Camarena (she/her)

January 30, 2020

Volunteer management trends in 2020 and beyond

The importance of volunteers in 2020 can not be overstated. The value of a volunteer hour has risen over 7 percent in just the last five years and is now at $25.23. If you ask most nonprofits, however, they would…

By Eric Burger

January 29, 2020

You can stop guessing about what works in fundraising and what doesn’t

When you add up fundraisers, their bosses, their boards, and assorted second-guessers, there are, I’m sure, millions of opinions about what works in fundraising and how to raise money “the right way.” For example, executive directors and board chairs who…

By Tom Ahern

January 28, 2020