Category Archives: consulting

Blog Team Coverage of the Council on Foundations Conference

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, recently covered the 2010 Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a list of all posts published for this event. Kick off of Council on Foundations Blog Team, posted by Sterling Speirn, President and CEO, WK Kellogg Foundation Thoughts from the Pre-Conference Institute for Trustees & CEOs: “Insights for Philanthropic Leadership,” posted by Richard Woo, CEO, Russell Family Foundation A Lesson on Managing Risk, posted by Raymond Colmenar, Senior Program Officer, The California Endowment The New Meditation, posted by Richard Woo, CEO, Russell Family Foundation Nits Make Lice, posted by Mike Roberts, President, First Nations Development Institute Walking Around Philanthropy, posted by Mary … Continue reading Blog Team Coverage of the Council on Foundations Conference

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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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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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Starting A Consulting Business? 15 Things To Do Right Now

In my last post, “So, You Want To Be A Philanthropy Consultant?” I offered 5 questions to consider if you want to become a philanthropy consultant.  No matter what your industry, if you want to take the consulting plunge, here are 15 practical things you should do right away: Open a business checking account – This is really quite simple. If you like your current bank, walk in and explain that you’d like to open a business checking account. Deposit all of your business income into this account, and write all business-related checks out of this account. This will make for much cleaner bookkeeping and tracking of business income and expenses.  You might also consider a business savings account. I … Continue reading Starting A Consulting Business? 15 Things To Do Right Now

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So, You Want To Be A Philanthropy Consultant?

About once a week someone emails me to learn more about philanthropy consulting: foundation staff looking for their next career move (or more recently, anticipating a layoff), business executives tired of an emotionally unfulfilling career who seek to make a difference in the world, and recent college graduates who stumble upon my website and think what I do sounds really cool (it is!). Each asks for 30-60 minutes of my time – preferably that week – to help them think through their options. It would be great to have time to talk with them all. But alas, I don’t.  Instead, I’m writing this blog to pass along some insight that I have developed in 10 years of consulting to foundations … Continue reading So, You Want To Be A Philanthropy Consultant?

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5 Tips for a Successful Foundation-Consultant Relationship

Simply choosing to hire a consultant isn’t enough to guarantee a successful engagement. You need to clearly communicate your goals at the outset, and take the time to provide feedback on whether those goals were met upon project completion. Here are few guidelines to help you succeed with consultants: 1. Understand All Your Goals Before you choose a consultant, take the time to fully understand the problems you want to resolve. Be clear about what you expect the consultant to accomplish and identify all the key stakeholders. It’s also essential to identify any barriers that could influence the project, and to be very clear about your timeframe and budget. 2. Identify the Right Consultant Once your goals are clearly outlined, … Continue reading 5 Tips for a Successful Foundation-Consultant Relationship

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