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Social Sector Knowledge Sharing: A Manifesto for 2015 and Beyond

Within the last six months, three of the world’s largest foundations—the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Ford Foundation—have all announced that they will require open licensing and knowledge sharing for all grant-funded products and content. In…

By Lisa M. Brooks (she/her) and Gabi Fitz

April 20, 2015

Where Can I Find a Nonprofit’s Form 1023?

Lately, I've been getting a lot of Ask Us visitors who want to see a specific nonprofit's Form 1023, also known as its exemption application. This question usually comes from would-be nonprofits that want to refer to Form 1023 samples…

By Sandy Pon (she/her)

March 6, 2015

Document Checklist for Grant Proposals: Part 3

Part 1 listed documents to collect during the prospect research stage; Part 2 listed those to collect when you submit your letter of inquiry or proposal. Part 3 will look at what to keep when you've been notified, and suggest…

By Richard Hallman and Sandy Pon (she/her)

December 29, 2014

Document Checklist for Grant Proposals: Part 2

Part 1 listed documents to collect during the prospect research stage. In Part 2, we'll continue our checklist with content to collect when you are submitting your letters of inquiry or grant proposals. Letter of inquiry. Grantmakers are increasingly asking…

By Richard Hallman and Sandy Pon (she/her)

December 17, 2014

Document Checklist for Grant Proposals: Part 1

A Foundation Center South visitor was trying to organize paperwork related to grant proposals and asked if we knew of a checklist that listed every document that might have something to do with a grant proposals. We couldn't find one,…

By Richard Hallman and Sandy Pon (she/her)

December 15, 2014

What Can I Do If a Nonprofit Isn’t Following Its Bylaws?

This is another question that visitors often have for our Ask Us team. Curiously, I've had a hard time finding a succinct answer to this seemingly simple question. Corporate attorney Paul Davis Fancher of Troutman Sanders presented a free webcast…

By Sandy Pon (she/her)

December 9, 2014

Top 5 Tips for Successful Grant Proposals

Crowd-sourced from Foundation Center trainers, here are our top five tips for developing successful grant proposals: Do your homework! Research, research, research. Conducting targeted research helps you find the right funders to partner with and support your organization's work. Sending…

By Caroline Herbert and Sarah Jo Neubauer (she/her)

October 30, 2014

Philanthropy’s Data Dilemma

When McKinsey & Co. released its seminal study Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition, and Productivity, the firm confidently predicted that the world was "on the cusp of a tremendous wave of innovation, productivity, and growth, as well…

By Bradford K. Smith (he/him)

July 11, 2012