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Sending Help Fast: Setting Up & Managing Emergency Grants in Times of Crisis

There’re no definitive guidelines for how to act in a crisis, but there are a few actionable strategies that can help you thoughtfully and efficiently set up and manage emergency grants. Grantmaking is close to an art. Honing the process of setting up a grant, collecting applications, selecting the right fits, and then reporting on …

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Coupling General Operating, Capacity Building Grants Drive Outcomes

Providing long-term general operating support along with capacity-building grants may be a “gold standard” funding practice that drives positive outcomes achieved at the community level, a report commissioned by the Citi Foundation and produced by Synergos finds. Drawn from secondary research and interviews with more than fifty funders and nonprofits, the report, Funding From a Place of Trust: Exploring the …

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Share Letter with Congress

This week, United Philanthropy Forum joined other national nonprofit and philanthropy organizations in signing on to two letters sent to Capitol Hill on behalf of nonprofits, relating to proposed COVID-19 and economic stimulus package legislation. On March 12, 2020, the Forum signed on to a letter to Congressional offices outlining why nonprofits must be included in COVID-19 …

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How Changes to the Mississippi Telephone Solicitation Act (“the Act”) Effective July 1st, Apply to and Affect Mississippi Nonprofit Charities

Background: On June 3, 2019, Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman and Public Service Commission (PSC) Chair Brandon Presley emailed every registered charity in the state of Mississippi alerting them that changes to the Mississippi Telephone Solicitation Act (the Act) might require Mississippi nonprofits whose staff members make telephone solicitations to potential donors in Mississippi to …

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Why Giving for Core Mission Support Matters

By Anne Phillips and Melinda Mosier This post originally appeared on the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation website and has been reshared from the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s blog. As you read this, a nonprofit organization is keeping a mother and children safe from domestic abuse. An elder knows that someone from Meals-on-Wheels will be coming …

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Making Philanthropy More Business-Like is a Big Mistake

By Larry Kramer, President, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation November 7, 2019 This post first appeared on India Development Review and has been reshared from The Center for Effective Philanthropy. A lot of people today talk about how philanthropy needs to be more business-like, about how we need to incorporate principles from the for-profit …

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In Defense of Nuance – Darren Walker

We cannot let the perfect be the enemy of progress. Within complexity and nuance, we find hope for the year ahead. Dear Colleagues and Friends: As I begin my seventh year as president of the Ford Foundation, I find myself reflecting on all that has changed in our world since 2013. If asked to encapsulate …

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Volunteer NEMS making service connections

If you’ve got the time, Volunteer Northeast Mississippi has the match. The organization, which operates under the United Way of Northeast Mississippi umbrella, provides an online home for area nonprofits and volunteers to find each other.
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