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Are We Making a Difference with Our Philanthropy?

“Roughly half of family foundations that responded to the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s first-ever Trends in Family Philanthropy survey reported that they are exploring how to assess their impact…”   Learning about impact is getting increased and well-deserved attention from more foundations. Strategy + Action/Philanthropy has worked with family, private and community foundations around […]

Start Planning Now for Leadership Succession

“Over the past decade, ‘board/generational succession’ has been identified as the top issue for foundation boards in 7 of the past 9 years….”*   In the nonprofit sector, almost 50% of organizations don’t have succession plans according to a recent national survey. **   Leadership transitions are inevitable. They are natural moments of evolution and […]

Leading Your Organization

“A strong nonprofit leader drives a sense of mission down through the organization, upward into the board and outward in the community.”*   It has been some time since the first Nonprofit Management certificates and degrees were conferred upon those who aspired to lead organizations that serve the common good. Most of these programs focused […]

There’s No Such Thing as Nonprofit Sustainability

Change – real change – takes time.  We face long arcs of work to tackle significant problems, and the illusion of nonprofit sustainability hampers our collective efforts.  How about if we initiate an honest conversation about sustainability between funders and nonprofits? Read my 2-part blog series that spotlights the specific dynamics in philanthropy that contribute […]

Here’s a New Online Resource for Community Foundations

The country’s largest association of funders, Exponent Philanthropy, has launched a Community Foundation Public Discussion List ( In response to popular demand, Exponent Philanthropy created this discussion list exclusively for community foundations to ask questions of one another, share information, and gain insight into the unique aspects of managing community foundations. For a limited time […]

The Check Up

By Tina Milano, Associate Strategy + Action/Philanthropy   Over the last few weeks, the mailman delivered reminders for me to schedule: A 50,000 mile check-up for my 4-year old car An annual pet check-up for my rescue cat A six month visit to my dentist, and An annual physical.   These notices, I keep […]

Start Planning for Leadership Succession NOW!

By Jeff Glebocki, CEO Strategy + Action/Philanthropy I’ve returned from Exponent Philanthropy’s 2016 National Conference in Chicago – another home-run event from the largest membership association in philanthropy. I had the honor of co-presenting to a packed room on Leadership Succession Planning with colleagues Rosemary DiRita (Relationship Manager, Glenmede) and Ruth Masterson (Senior Program […]

Look past the millennial stereotypes – look at what the research says

Look past the millennial stereotypes – look at what the research says Almost lost in the final days of this year’s election season was the release of the second wave of research from the Millennial Impact Report. Read the report This large-scale, national study is considering “how millennials’ cause engagement behaviors may change during an […]

3 Lessons Funders Can Learn From School Improvement

By Jeff Glebocki, Founder & Lead Advisor Strategy + Action/Philanthropy   Through my adventures in education grantmaking, I’ve seen the research on and the realities of replicating successful school improvement models. Ringo Starr was right when he said, “it don’t come easy.”   Regardless of your funding priorities – education or not – there […]