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  • How to Apply to the Creative Work Fund: Funding for Artists
    Representatives of nonprofit organizations and individual artists interested in learning how to apply to the Creative Work Fund for its 2018 cycle are invited to attend this informational session. The director of the Creative Work Fund will describe guidelines, the grantmaking process and respond to questions from potential applicants. The Creative Work Fund invites artists and nonprofit organiz...
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  • Successfully Integrating For-Profit Board Members
    New board members from the business world often speak a different language and operate from a different culture from the nonprofit board they join, which can result in a bumpy experience. This interactive session will look at how to effectively recruit, onboard and integrate such board members. The main goal is a seamless start leading to a productive and mutually satisfying experience, along with...
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  • Exploring Foundation Support for U S Democracy
    In light of shrinking government budgets, an increase in extreme wealth, and stories raising the alarm about threats to American democracy, how are foundations engaging with U.S. democracy? The simple answer is: in many ways! Foundation Center, in partnership with eight foundations, developed the Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy data visualization platform to help answer this question. This v...
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  • Funding for Environment: George Gund Foundation
    John Mitterholzer, senior program officer for the environment at the George Gund Foundation, discusses its environment-related giving priorities. More at GrantSpace: http://grantspace.org/tools/multimedia/video/environmental-funding-2011-12-09-cleveland-oh
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  • Video Strategy for Do-Gooders
    This 60 minute workshop will help your organization craft an effective and integrated video strategy that will give you a solid ROI. Using real case studies, we will cover video strategy best practices and common mistakes social enterprises and nonprofits make when planning out their video strategy. Best of all, we’ll get to watch a lot of awesome videos in the middle of a workday! This workshop w...
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  • Bringing Down the House: How to Plan a Fundraising House Party
    Author and community organizer Andy Robinson explains how to plan a successful and well-organized fundraising house party in only six weeks. Topics include: -organizing the host committee -developing an invitation list -preparing a practical planning calendar -identifying and implementing strategies for soliciting donations -engaging board members in the process from start to finish More info at...
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  • 60 Seconds with Krystian Seibert
    In this interview, Krystian Seibert from Philanthropy Australia discusses why transparency is important in Australia and how a new partnership with Foundation Center is working to improve openness and collaboration in the field.
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  • Book Talk: Fundraising for Social Change
    Join Kim Klein, internationally known fundraising trainer and author of Fundraising for Social Change for an engaging conversation on the latest edition. Kim will share tips on asking, strategies for donor acquisition and retention, as well as common sense approaches to many fundraising challenges. Now in its 7th Edition, Fundraising for Social Change continues as the preeminent guide to securing...
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  • Giving USA Review of Results and Analysis: A National Perspective and A Bay Area Perspective
    Presented in partnership with Community Counselling Service (CCS), a leading global fundraising consulting and management firm that provides fundraising, development services and strategic consulting to non-profit organizations worldwide. Join leaders and colleagues from San Francisco’s non-profit sector for Giving USA Review of Results and Analysis: A National Perspective and A Bay Area Perspect...
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  • 2016 Columbus Survey Results
    CF Insights staffers David Rosado and Diana Esposito share key findings from the latest "census of the community foundation field," and discuss how you can make CF Insights data help your own community foundation. Visit columbussurvey.cfinsights.org to learn more!
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  • Beyond Marriage Equality: What’s Next in Funding LGBTQ Issues?
    In 2015, the Supreme Court made a landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. This decision indicated that the country was moving towards more progressive and inclusive outcomes. Indeed, trends show that societal norms are shifting towards equality, but there remains a long journey for LGBTQ people and communities. Persistent hurdles exist around housing, workplace discrimina...
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  • Vlog from the Field: Catherine Mwendwa (EAAG)
    In this video, we interview Catherine Mwendwa, programmes officer at East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG) about the most pressing issues facing the philanthropic sector in East Africa. This video is the second in a series of vlogs (a trendy tech word for video blog!) where Foundation Center staff interview foundation leaders and partners to dig into prevalent themes common to our shared m...
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  • Nonprofit/Corporate Partnerships: How Tipping Point Community Ensures Success for its Grantees
    The Tipping Point Community is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in the Bay Area. To do this it establishes long-term, strategic relationships with its grantees. To help grantees succeed, Tipping Point provides both unrestricted funds and extensive training and support so that grantees can approach and manage all key functions, including partnerships in a truly strategic way. Canal Allia...
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  • Vlog from the Field (Edge Funders Alliance Conference)
    Jen Bokoff interviews Tin Gazivoda, a senior program officer at Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE), about a new participatory funding platform for and by European activists. This video is the first of many where Foundation Center staff who attend conferences will sit down with foundation leaders to dig into themes emerging throughout the conference program to learn from them. These vlogs a...
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  • Successfully Integrating For-Profit Board Members
    New board members from the business world often speak a different language and operate from a different culture from the nonprofit board they join, which can result in a bumpy experience. This interactive session will look at how to effectively recruit, onboard and integrate such board members. The main goal is a seamless start leading to a productive and mutually satisfying experience, along with...
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  • Meet the Author – Gigi Rosenberg: The Artist’s Guide to Grantwriting
    Author Gigi Rosenberg shares top tips from her new book, The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist, which is designed to help artists navigate the process of pursuing funding for their work. Did you get some key takeaways from this video? Help us and your peers by sending us video timepoints and topics in t...
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  • Creating a Nonprofit Business Plan That Works
    Presented in collaboration with the Arts & Business Council of New York, panelists Alvin J. Donius (former Director of Planning, Otis Elevator and Turner Construction), Elaine Grogan Luttrull (founder of Minerva Financial Arts), and Fran Smyth (Manager of Arts & Business Services at Arts & Business Council of New York) explain the components of a professional business plan, how to tailor it to you...
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  • Public Art Project Proposal Writing
    Lisa Tuttle, Public Art Program Education and Outreach Coordinator of Fulton County Arts Council in Atlanta, GA, discusses how to write a well-developed, clear and organized public art proposal. This presentation offers insight into the proposal writing and commission selection process. Did you get some key takeaways from this video? Help us and your fellow artists by sending us video timepoints ...
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  • Low-Profit Limited Liability Companies: A For-Profit with a Nonprofit Soul
    Cass Brewer, a partner at Morris, Manning & Martin, explains the nuts and bolts of the low-profit limited liability company (L3C), which is a cross between a non-profit and a for-profit. It is a new form of business enterprise that is specifically designed to further a socially beneficial mission and, in the right circumstances, can qualify as a program-related investment for foundations. Did you...
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  • What You Need to Know About Fiscal Sponsorships
    What is a fiscal sponsor? Does your organization need one? Have you been asked to become a fiscal sponsor? Rachel Epps Spears, Executive Director of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, shares the pros and cons of having a fiscal sponsor and what organizations can do to avoid potential problems when entering into a fiscal sponsorship agreement. Did you get some key takeaways from this video? Help us ...

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