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Invitation-Only: Closing the Door to Equity?

After more than 20 years of grantmaking in Los Angeles County, you’d think our staff at the Durfee Foundation would know all of the eligible nonprofits in our region. But we don’t. Not long ago, for example, we got a…

By Claire Peeps

November 12, 2019

What types of nonprofits can use fiscal sponsorship?

In the first post in this series, we covered some of the basics around fiscal sponsorship and described the two of the most frequently used models. (If you haven’t read that one yet, you can find it here.) Just as…

By Andrew Schulman (he/him)

November 1, 2019

Hole in the Road to Transparency: People with Disabilities Often Excluded By Foundations & Nonprofits

Philanthropic transparency is vital. But there’s a major challenge – people with disabilities are being excluded by foundations, philanthropy and nonprofits every day. RespectAbility, a nonprofit disability organization, did a major study of close to 1,000 people in the social…

By Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi (she/her)

October 17, 2019

We’ve changed the way we collect and share demographic data!

As we launch a new and improved Demographics section of the Nonprofit Profiles on GuideStar, I’m having a very familiar feeling. In 2014, when GuideStar first launched the Demographics section, I was nervous and excited. We partnered with D5, a five-year…

By Jasmine Marrow (she/her)

September 15, 2019

11 Digital Marketing KPIs That Every Nonprofit Should Be Tracking

Key performance indicators (KPIs) allow you to truly understand your nonprofit’s digital marketing success and make educated decisions about future spending. How do you know your nonprofit’s Google ad campaigns are paying off, if your curated Instagram account is leading…

By Zoe Allen

September 11, 2019

Tap into Donor-advised Funds with FDO

Expert fundraisers recognize that Donor-advised Funds are a growing source of funding for nonprofits. Between 2007 and 2016, assets in DAFs nationwide skyrocketed from $32 billion to $85 billion[1]. You can now prospect research for DAFs easier in FDO. Follow…

August 26, 2019

A Foundation Insider’s 8 Tips to Help You Win Your Next Grant

One of my favorite sections in the revised edition of my book the Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Winning Foundation Grants is called “The Grant Seeker’s Reality Check.” In 10 brief chapters I examine, from the vantage point of one who served for…

May 21, 2019

Transparency: One Small Step for Funders, One Giant Leap for Equity

In order to solve a problem, one must first identify its parameters. This applies, too, to the philanthropic sector; to that end, many of us are pushing for greater transparency in our field. For example, Candid teamed up with a…

By Genevieve Boutilier

May 9, 2019

How to Use Storytelling for Nonprofits to Get More Grants

Unsure whether your grant proposals have what it takes to stand out in a sea of applications? There can often be misunderstandings amongst nonprofits as to what constitutes a strong proposal in the eyes of a foundation. While there’s no…

By Tracy Kaufman (she/her)

April 5, 2019

High-Impact Volunteer Engagement: Six Factors for Success

Skilled volunteer engagement (also known as pro bono service) can be an effective way to bridge the capacity gap. It’s important to recognize volunteers aren’t “free” and in order for skilled volunteerism to be effective, your organization must be ready to make the most of this valuable contribution of time and talent.

February 15, 2019

Meet Your Fundraising Needs with FDO as Your Partner

You need the best prospecting tool available, Foundation Directory Online is committed to meeting your needs as a fundraiser. Meet Your Fundraising Needs with FDO as Your Partner. Last year was a big year for FDO, we added nearly 70,000…

February 13, 2019

Corporate Relationships in Action: Unlocking Corporate Needs and Interests

We fell in love with our own organizational goals and desires and forgot to focus on the interests of the company in these corporate relationships.

By Lewis Flax (he/him)

January 23, 2019