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 […]

First Things First Seeks New CEO

First Things First (FTF) is Arizona’s early childhood agency, committed to the healthy development and learning of young children from birth to age 5. FTF is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader capable of spearheading and managing this statewide early childhood organization with budgeted annual expenditures of about $150 million.  FTF has a staff of 160 […]

Stories From The Spend Down Journey

Sunset near the mountains

I’m very pleased to share this blog on “stories from the spend down journey” which I wrote for the National Center for Family Philanthropy (published April 21, 2021). To be or not to be?  More accurately, to spend down or to remain in perpetuity? Much has been written about the pros and cons of this […]