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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

How do you define a nonprofit’s size?

Visitors sometimes ask us if there are industry standards for"large", "medium", or "small" nonprofits. They often ask in the context of a funder's eligibility requirements or a released report. The simple answer: No standardized scale for "nonprofit size" exists. However,…

By Richard Hallman

October 27, 2014

Ants in the Kitchen: The Role of Data in Human Rights Funding

A professor at Vanderbilt University, Brooke Ackerly, once told me, “Numbers matter. If someone tells you there are ants in your kitchen, you will want to know whether there are two ants in your kitchen or whether there are TWO…

By Caitlin Stanton (she/her)

June 19, 2013

Sean Parker and the Perils of Stealth Philanthropy

I love weddings and I love philanthropy, so I have been following the fallout from Sean Parker’s wedding with growing interest over the last couple of weeks of unrelenting news coverage surrounding the big event. Mr. Parker is the co-founder…

By Janet Camarena (she/her)

June 17, 2013

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