10 Key Attributes of Grantmaking Initiatives

One of our favorite clients, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, recently asked us to define the term “grantmaking initiative”. Simple, I thought. After all, nonprofits and foundations have used this term for ages. Here at Putnam Community Investment Consulting, we’ve spent the last 10 years designing, managing and evaluating foundation initiatives. We all know what an initiative is, but can we actually define the term? Turns out, I couldn’t. So I embarked on a quest. Several hundred Google searches, listserv queries, tweets, and LinkedIn posts later, I was surprised to learn that there is no universally accepted definition of “grantmaking initiative”. I did, however, discover 10 attributes shared by many grantmaking initiatives. 1.    Initiatives are sponsored by at … Continue reading 10 Key Attributes of Grantmaking Initiatives

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Learn Essential Skills and Strategies in Philanthropy

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, recently covered the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a post-conference submission by Cole Wilbur, Trustee of the The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and Steering Committee Member, National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. by:  Cole Wilbur All day Saturday and on Sunday morning before the COF Annual Meeting, some 26 people new to philanthropy, took the time to learn the basics at the Council’s Essential Skills and Strategies workshop .   These included the big picture,  rules and regulations, communicating between board and staff and with grantees, managing the grant portfolio, making a difference and rewards and tensions in the field.  This … Continue reading Learn Essential Skills and Strategies in Philanthropy

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