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The Clinton Foundation Reveals Its Donors: Should You?

A fundraising foundation has two world famous founders, a global network of generous donors, and a track record of grantmaking success. One of the founders plans to run for higher office, and the foundation makes the decision to be highly…

By Steven Lawrence

June 1, 2015

Social Sector Knowledge Sharing: A Manifesto for 2015 and Beyond

This post was originally featured on the Markets for Good blog. 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…

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 submit your letter of inquiry or proposal. Letter of inquiry. Grantmakers are increasingly asking for a…

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 proposal. 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

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