Starting an endowment
An endowment can be a long-term financial safety net to help nonprofits manage costs when annual giving is down, but it shouldn’t be a rainy-day fund.
Endowments as grantmaking strategy
Many grantmakers are wary of providing general operating support, but an endowment can be an integral tool in helping strong organizations make longer-term programmatic plans.
Foundations encouraged to vote proxies
A new toolkit for private foundations examines top shareholder issues and provides resources for this year’s proxy-voting season.
Foundation Center releases proposal writing guide in Spanish
Foundation Center, New York, released Spanish translation of proposal writing guide; will offer writing proposal classes in Spanish in California.
Engage at-risk youth in service, says Youth Service America
Youth Service America published new guide, Effective Practices for Engaging At-Risk Youth in Service.
Grantmaking with racial equity
This GrantCraft guide explores what it means to incorporate concern for racial equity into grantmaking, whether as a main focus or simply a way to enrich a group's perspective.
Guide explores mission-related investing
The emerging practice of mission-related investing, or investing assets to achieve social and financial returns alike, is the focus of a new guide.
Board role in leadership transitions
When your chief exec announces she's leaving, all eyes turn to the board, says Tim Wolfred, director of the Executive Transitions program at CompassPoint.
A group of foundations has published a guide to help other foundations use their proxy votes to further their missions.
The guide, “Proxy Season Preview Spring 2005: Foundations Aligning Missions and Investment,” was released by the As You Sow and Jessie Smith Noyes Foundations and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
The document organizes social issues into six groupings, including “hot” issues, “fastest growing” issues, and “future” issues, and lists that