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What If This Nonprofit Had Said, “We’re Struggling”

Last year, I conducted a site visit in D.C. with a nonprofit that had submitted a relatively large funding request to a foundation. It was fairly well known that the organization had been struggling. The Post had written a few … 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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Say What?!!

Them: “We want to start a foundation.” Me: “Okay, tell me more about why you’d like to do that. You already have a strong corporate giving program.” Them: “Our competitor has a foundation. They get a lot of press about … Continue reading

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Asking the Hard Questions is Not Always Fun

Last month, I met with a family that wanted to honor their father through the creation of a foundation. The children’s father had recently passed away. He loved music – all kinds of music – and had been a long-time … Continue reading

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Most Funders Can’t Wave a Magic Wand

Funders face enormous pressures. Many people expect them to save the world. I know because I’m guilty of setting those goals for them and challenging them to lead the change. Funders have a unique role and, in many cases, can … Continue reading

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There is No Right Answer

I’ve been closely following The Center for Effective Philanthropy’s series on large, staffed foundations versus “lean foundations” that are seemingly able to avoid the problems of messy bureaucracy. The series has focused on dollars out the door relative to staff … Continue reading

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