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3 Reasons to Plan for Leadership Succession Now

Posted by on Mar 29, 2018 in Articles, Blog

Research tells us that most foundations and almost half of nonprofits nationally do not have written leadership succession plans in place. Here are three reasons to start succession planning in your organization now.

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Advocacy – Yes, you can!

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in Articles, Blog

“I thought nonprofit organizations weren’t allowed to participate in advocacy.”  “Foundations can’t fund advocacy efforts…can they?” Well, actually, nonprofits can advocate and foundations can (and should) provide support for them to do so! One of the best resources for both foundations and nonprofits on the topic is Bolder Advocacy, an initiative of Alliance for Justice. If you are a nonprofit, check out their Advocacy Capacity Tool to benchmark your advocacy skills and help determine resource allocation for your efforts. If you are a...

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What’s Your Giving Style?

Posted by on Jan 27, 2018 in Articles, Blog

The flurry of year-end activity has subsided and the 2017 book is closed.  Now is a good time to reflect on your strategy for philanthropic giving – and not only because new tax deductions are on the horizon! Did your philanthropic strategy fulfill your goals? The folks at WiserGiving have created a simple 7-question quiz that reveals insights into what you are trying to accomplish through your charitable contributions. In this free, online survey, you will learn about your personal Giving Style and how to align your core beliefs with...

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Small Foundation – Big Impact

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Articles, Blog

I met Mark Gunther at last month’s Exponent Philanthropy CONNECT conference in Denver. He is Managing Director of the Eva Gunther Foundation in the Bay Area. Mark and The Eva Foundation were instrumental in creating the Alliance for Girls, the largest regional alliance of girls’ organizations and champions in the country. I asked him to share his story about how a small funder can achieve big impact. Tell me about the history of the Eva Gunther Foundation. The Eva Foundation was founded to honor the memory our oldest daughter, Eva Leah...

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What Funders Can Learn From Flipping Burgers

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Articles, Blog

I recently watched “The Founder” (2016) on a cross-country flight – the story of how Ray Kroc transformed the McDonald brothers’ restaurant into a global business. Through the entire movie, I kept thinking this should be required viewing for business majors everywhere. But I realized that foundation and nonprofit leaders should also see this movie! Here are three lessons that stuck out for me. (PS: We’ll leave the issues of buying your food through a window and Mr. Kroc’s business ethics for another time.)   If it doesn’t work the first...

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Greater Giving through Giving Circles

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Articles, Blog

The Giving Back Gang, a Cleveland-based giving circle, recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.  It has engaged over 70 individual participants and generated in excess of $275,000 in grants benefitting more than two dozen nonprofit organizations. Here are highlights on the Giving Back Gang story from my interview with founder Hank Doll – philanthropist, foundation board member and civic leader.   What motivated you to start this giving circle 15 years ago? I was talking about my passion for philanthropy to a group of folks at my...

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Two Searches Underway – Eccles Foundation (UT), and First Things First (AZ)

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Articles, Blog

Senior Program Officer, George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation (Salt Lake City, UT)     Strategy + Action/Philanthropy has launched a search to fill the newly created Senior Program Officer position at the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation. Read More.   The Foundation is a key philanthropic and civic leader in the state of Utah. This position is a direct report to the President & COO, and will be an integral part of the small staff team at this significant grantmaking organization.   We’re receiving...

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Senior Program Officer Opportunity

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Articles, Blog

Strategy + Action/Philanthropy is pleased to launch the search to fill the newly created Senior Program Officer position at the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation. The Foundation is a key philanthropic and civic leader in the state of Utah. This position is a direct report to the President & COO, and will be an integral part of the small staff team at this significant grantmaking organization.   To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Jeff Glebocki, jeff@strategyplusaction.com by June 30, 2017. All applications are...

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Start Planning Now for Leadership Succession

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Articles, Blog

  By Jeff Glebocki, Founder & Lead Advisor Strategy + Action/Philanthropy jeff@strategyplusaction.com   Over the past few months, I’ve been in dialogue with a range of organizations about leadership succession. These conversations reminded me about the absolute importance of planning ahead, of being prepared for change. This month, I’m reposting an earlier blog on the topic.   “Over the past decade, ‘board/generational succession’ has been identified as the top issue for foundation boards in 7 of the past 9 years….”*  ...

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Evaluation is what you do with partners, not to them

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Articles, Blog

  By Jeff Glebocki, Founder & Lead Advisor Strategy + Action/Philanthropy jeff@strategyplusaction.com   The National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers invited me to present a webinar this month on evaluation – “Are We Making a Difference in Our Philanthropy?  Exploring Low-Cost, High-Value Tools for Evaluation.”  In this April newsletter, I wanted to highlight a theme from the webinar that doesn’t get enough attention in philanthropy.   Let me get right to the point – when foundations consider how best to learn if their...

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