Posts tagged: general operating support

Real Talk on the Real Deal of Unrestricted Funding

While a handful of notable institutional moves toward unrestricted funding have cropped up lately, it is still the case that most funding continues to be program restricted. Here’s a short video where TWI’s own core grantees and funder partners provide “real talk” on what unrestricted funding allows and inspires them and their organizations to do.

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Supporting A Bolder Form of Leadership

I was reminded yesterday, at LeaderSpring’s A Bolder Form of Leadership luncheon, that non-profit organizations, on average, spend $29 a year on leadership development. Given how vital developing leadership is, this investment (or lack of it) is striking. In the NCRP’s report Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership, philanthropic support for leadership development is studied and found lacking. …   Read more

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Exploring the Restrictions on Unrestricted Funding: An Introduction

While I am happy to acknowledge that many foundations provide long term, unrestricted funding, a question I’ve had for a long time about philanthropy writ large still persists:
Why is it that the one thing most nonprofits say they need – multiyear, unrestricted funding – is the one thing many foundations won’t give them?
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The “How” Matters to Ford Foundation, Too.

As I read Ford Foundation President Darren Walker’s letter about the foundation’s newest priorities, I was most stirred by the fact that he asked for grantee feedback and is acting on it. I had to take a pause when the leader of this large, influential foundation shared that “the majority of the feedback [he] received was not …   Read more

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Small Can Be Big

Based on feedback from their third CEP Grantee Perception Report, Don Howard of the Irvine Foundation announced this week their intention to make some changes. Namely, providing more general operating support, being more flexible about grantee timelines and objectives, and deepening staff engagement. As with Darren Walker’s letter from the Ford Foundation, I am encouraged …   Read more

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