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How Foundation Legacy Statements Provide a Roadmap Through Uncertainty

Posted by on Oct 27, 2020 in Articles, Blog

How Foundation Legacy Statements Provide a Roadmap Through Uncertainty

One of the greatest gifts that a founder can provide to current and future foundation trustees is a well written legacy statement. Similar to estate planning, a legacy statement can document one’s values and vision and encourage family unity by minimizing the risk of disagreement on the foundation’s direction in both grant-making and longevity. I…

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PART TWO – How Funders Can Strengthen Connections To Community

Posted by on Sep 22, 2020 in Articles, Blog

PART TWO – How Funders Can Strengthen Connections To Community

Calibrating Your Role for Success September 15, 2020 David Moore, Jeff Glebocki As practitioners, advisors and consultants to funders, conveners and conductors of community collaboration, we have observed collaboration and collective impact in communities across the country. From our on-the-ground experience, we have seen it done well, and not so well. The first of this…

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How Funders Can Strengthen Connections To Community

Posted by on Sep 15, 2020 in Articles, Blog

How Funders Can Strengthen Connections To Community

Exponent Philanthropy just published the first of a two-part series on how funders can better connect to the communities they work in.  The series was co-authored by colleague David Moore (Moore Strategic Consulting) and myself.  Here is the first installment.  Part 1: How Funders Can Strengthen Connections To Community; Seeing Your Community and Navigating Relationships…

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Fatigued by School Reform

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Articles, Blog

Fatigued by School Reform

In his new book, “Fatigued by School Reform,” Jack Jennings calls out policy makers, funders and the school reform movement for missing the target on what really influences student success.I’m very pleased to share my recent interview with Jack about his book, how we got to this moment in history, and his thoughts on what…

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Leading Through the Unexpected

Posted by on Apr 28, 2020 in Articles, Blog

Leading Through the Unexpected

You know the drill – here’s yet another article/blog/webinar about how leaders should be more resilient, more agile, more creative in responding to and managing change.  Well, what happens when the meteor comes crashing through your roof and upends pretty much everything?  Much like the past few months of 2020. Through my work on a…

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How Funders are Pivoting Quickly in This Crisis

Posted by on Apr 9, 2020 in Articles, Blog

How Funders are Pivoting Quickly in This Crisis

The past several weeks have seen impressive and quick pivots by many funders adapting to the new environment brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Case in point – there are now more than 300 community response and relief funds organized by foundations, United Ways and other organizations. Learn MoreMany funders have streamlined application and reporting requirements, and…

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5 Things Funders Can Do Right Now to Help Nonprofits During This Crisis

Posted by on Mar 18, 2020 in Articles, Blog

COVID-19:  This story is unfolding by the hour, and we don’t know what the ramifications will be next week, much less six months or a year from now.  Even with the roller-coaster market at play, though, funders have options on how they can best support their grant partners through this crisis.  You and they are,…

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Trends in Philanthropy Grantmakers Need to Know

Posted by on Jan 29, 2020 in Articles, Blog

A key component in developing Philanthropy Ohio’s strategic framework was to learn about national trends in the philanthropic sector. I interviewed seven regional and national thought-leaders and reviewed numerous reports and studies. I’ve now brought this learning forward with updated information on high-level trends that grantmakers need to pay attention to. Philanthropy Ohio first posted my…

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Bill Gates has His List, Here’s Mine

Posted by on Dec 19, 2019 in Articles, Blog

Bill Gates recently shared his annual list of favorite books, a collection of powerful stories from 2019 I’d like to share my own year-end list, albeit of a different nature.   I serve in many roles working with foundation and nonprofit leaders, boards and staff – thought-partner, planner, facilitator, coach and oftentimes organizational “therapist.” The connecting thread…

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Sometimes Board Chairs Need Support, Too

Posted by on Oct 17, 2019 in Articles, Blog

It is common practice for chief executives of foundations and nonprofits to utilize coaching to bolster their leadership and management skills. This can ultimately benefit the entire organization.   It is less frequent for board chairs to have a similar kind of support even though their unique leadership role in governance often presents its own challenges. The…

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