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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 Gunther, killed in 1997 by a drunk driver. We, her parents and grandparents, wanted to share Eva’s love by giving other girls...

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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 time out, try and try again…and again. Richard and Maurice McDonald had an idea, or actually several. They went through numerous...

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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 church.  I mentioned how intrigued I was with the idea of a giving circle, and afterwards two people came up to me and said, “if...

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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 such a tremendous volume of responses that the application deadline has been extended to July 21, 2017. For more information on the...

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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 treated confidentially. Inquiries about this position may also be directed in confidence to Jeff Glebocki,...

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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….”*   In the nonprofit sector, almost 50% of organizations don’t have succession plans according to a recent national survey. **  ...

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