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Funding the Full Cost Can Enhance Social Good

I was intrigued by the recent article, “The Full Cost Project: Funding for Impact.” It made me start to wonder if and how foundations could fully support projects of organizations, rather than ask them to diversify their resources. As a … Continue reading

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Term Limits for Program Officers Could Be Beneficial

I had never heard of a foundation imposing “term limits” for their program officers, but I love the idea of it! And I’m impressed that the Hewlett Foundation has taken that step. It’s an important one. Before I even read … Continue reading

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What, Exactly, Do You Do?

A few weeks ago, I was talking with a new acquaintance who asked me about my consulting work. First, let me share that when someone asks what I do for a living, I often shyly admit that I am a … Continue reading

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Where is the “Birth Control” for Nonprofits?

I recently saw this headline in the Nonprofit Quarterly: “The Nascent Nonprofit Organization – What Happens Before a Nonprofit is Born?” I went running from the computer, screaming, “Please! No more nonprofits!!” We have 1.5M nonprofits in the U.S. There … Continue reading

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Foundation Program Officers: Is It a Privilege? (Part 2 of 2)

Earlier this week, I posted a blog on CEP’s recent report: “Benchmarking: Program Officer Roles & Responsibilities.” I shared some general reactions, but I have a few more thoughts to share. It’s fascinating – and worrisome – that only 52% … Continue reading

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Foundation Program Officers: Let’s Take a Deeper Dive (Part 1 of 2)

About 8-9 years ago, I really wanted to work for a foundation. I had a lengthy history in the nonprofit sector, some of which included grantmaking to other qualified organizations. Rather than asking for money, I longed to be on … Continue reading

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CSR Lessons Worth Replicating

Last month, Greg Hills of FSG published, “Five Lessons from Walmart’s CSR Strategy Efforts.” The third lesson really resonated: “Employ humility and authentic listening.” Understand the landscape. Who are the players? Is there territorialism – and why? What have been … Continue reading

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