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10 Great Resources for Creating a Theory of Change

What is a Theory of Change? According to ActKnowledge, a Theory of Change defines all the building blocks required to bring about a long-term goal. ‘Like any good planning and evaluation method for social change, it requires participants to be clear on long-term goals, identify measurable indicators of success, and formulate actions to achieve goals.’ Many people use it interchangeably with the term “logic model” but it differs from logic models  because it requires stakeholders to articulate underlying assumptions which can be tested and measured, and because shows a causal pathway from here to there by specifying what is needed for goals to be achieved. According to Jim Connell and Adema Klem you should ask yourself whether your Theory of … Continue reading 10 Great Resources for Creating a Theory of Change

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Looking For A Philanthropy Job? 20 Resources To Help You

When I was searching for my first foundation job, the CEO of a prominent family foundation told me: “Philanthropy is a closed world, but once you’re in, you’re in. Take any program officer job you are offered, even if it’s a different content area than what you are interested in. Once you are working at a foundation, you’re seen as an “insider” and can network with other funders.” That was accurate advice ten years ago, and I think it continues to be true. Although I think foundations are generally more open and accessible today than they were then, it can be difficult for someone to “break into” the field.  I was lucky enough to land a position at the David … Continue reading Looking For A Philanthropy Job? 20 Resources To Help You

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12 Terrific Charitable Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Apologies for the radio silence over the past few months, but I gave birth to twins at the end of December and – as you can imagine – they’ve taken top priority! With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I wanted to share some terrific ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts that give back.  CauseCast (self described as ” a platform where media, philanthropy, social networking, entertainment and education converge to serve a greater purpose”) developed a Top 10 list of chartiable Valentine’s Day gifts, including e-cards that benefit Charity: Water, fair trade chocolates from Ghana, and (for a very special Valentine’s) conflict-free diamonds. Target is sharing $1 million in proceeds from Valentine’s Day cards to benefit 5 charities: Kids in Need … Continue reading 12 Terrific Charitable Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

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Updated Lists of Foundations, Staff and Board on Twitter

I’ve created new lists of: Grantmaking Foundations on Twitter and Foundation Staff and Board Members on Twitter These lists will make it incredibly easy for you to follow the funders on Twitter, and easier for me to update. Unfortunately, the format doesn’t allow me to post additional information, like foundation locations or job titles, which are included in 130 Foundations That Tweet and 61 Foundation Staff and Board Members on Twitter. Just like those posts, these lists are limited to philanthropic organizations that make grants, and individuals who work at grantmaking foundations or serve on foundation boards, and whose tweets include (but do not necessarily focus on) information about their foundations, nonprofits, and philanthropy. Please let me know what you … Continue reading Updated Lists of Foundations, Staff and Board on Twitter

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61 Foundation Staff and Board Members on Twitter

Below is a list of 61 individuals who work at grantmaking foundations or serve on foundation boards, and whose tweets include (but do not necessarily focus on) information about their foundations, nonprofits, and philanthropy.  This is an update to the 16 foundation staff who were originally listed on my “90 Foundations That Tweet” blog post (those with an asterisk * are new additions since that list). I’m excited to see that 67% hold leadership positions (managers, senior program officers, directors, vice presidents, CEOs, and board members). And its not just communications and technology staff who are tweeting:  only about one-third hold communications and technology positions (based upon my understanding of the job titles). @allieb37 * (Case Foundation – Communications Director) … Continue reading 61 Foundation Staff and Board Members on Twitter

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130 Foundations That Tweet

As a new blogger, I was surprised by the popularity of my earlier post, “90 Foundations That Tweet.” That post was re-tweeted 58 times in 12 hours after I posted it on Twitter (after that I stopped counting), received over 5,400 blog hits the first week it posted, was analyzed for profile patterns by nonprofit social media expert Beth Kanter, helped inspire a video blog with Susan Herr (PhilanthroMedia) and Micheal Margolis (GetStoried) discussing how foundations are using new communications technologies to engage audiences, was highlighted on the Case Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Communications Network, Modern Giving, Tactical Philanthropy, and SocialBrite blogs and websites, and inspired 76 comments. I’ve updated the list with 40 more funders on Twitter. For … Continue reading 130 Foundations That Tweet

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17 More Foundation Resources on Twitter

As a follow up to 21 Community Foundations, 90 Foundations, and 20 Funder Networks That Tweet, here are more 17 foundation resources you should follow on twitter. Foundation Center The Foundation Center is a fabulous national organization whose mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy. The Foundation Center offers a searchable directory of foundations; free or low-cost webinars, workshops and classes; resources such as Philanthropy News Digest and PubHub; useful research on the impact of the economic crisis on foundations and nonprofits; and friendly librarians who are happy to help you. They have offices in five US cities (Cleveland, San Francisco, New York City, Washington DC, and Atlanta), all of which tweet, and hundreds … Continue reading 17 More Foundation Resources on Twitter

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20 Funder Networks That Tweet

There was so much interest in last month’s post of 90 Foundations That Tweet that I wanted to expand on it by sharing a list of funder networks on Twitter. What is a Funder Network? According to the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers: Funder networks consist of grantmakers organized around a specific funding issue, geographic location, or identity-based community that come together to build their skills, capacity, and impact.  The networks: come in all shapes and sizes, including small and large private foundations, individual donors, community foundations, and philanthropists recognize the benefits of pooling resources, sharing knowledge, and benefiting from each other’s experiences increase resources for and focus attention on issues or underserved sectors Below are 20 funder networks … Continue reading 20 Funder Networks That Tweet

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90 Foundations That Tweet

This blog post was updated on October 15, 2009 – please read 130 Foundations That Tweet for a complete list! Below is a list of all the grantmaking foundations I’ve been able to find that are using Twitter. The list includes private, community, family, and corporate funders, as well as a few international foundations. I’ve also included 16 foundation staff who tweet – not necessarily as representatives of their foundations, but their posts often focus on philanthropy and nonprofits. I’m sure there are more out there, so if you notice a foundation or person who should be on the list please let me know! A brief description of how this list was compiled is at the end of the blog. … Continue reading 90 Foundations That Tweet

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21 Community Foundations That Tweet

An increasing number of foundations, including community foundations, are now using Twitter.  I’ve found 21 so far, and I am sure there are more out there.  Below is a list, including links to their twitter profiles. 21 Community Foundations That Tweet Alaska Community Foundation (Anchorage, AK) @AKCommunity Baltimore Community Foundation (Baltimore, Maryland) @baltcommfdn Bridge Builders Community Foundations (Oil City, Pennsylvania) @BBCF Community Foundation for Calderdale (Halifax, UK) @CalderdaleFound Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region (Appleton, Wisconsin) @CFFoxValley Community Foundation of Medicine Hat & Southeastern Alberta (Alberta, Canada) @CFMH Community Foundation of South East Kansas (Pittsburg, KS) @CFSEK Crossroads Community Foundation (MetroWest area of Massachusetts) @CCFDN Grand Rapids Community Foundation (Grand Rapids,MI) @GRCommFound Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (Kansas City, … Continue reading 21 Community Foundations That Tweet

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