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When a Foundation Spends Down

When a foundation decides to wind down its operations and spend its remaining endowment, doing it right takes a lot more than simply writing a check to empty the bank account; this series of articles describes what's in play.

Time for an Empathy Tune-Up

GEO president and CEO Kathleen Enright warns against penalizing nonprofits for effectively being "too strong" in their fields, leading to the perception that they no longer need as much support from grantmakers.

Lessons Learned from Seven Years of Impact Investing

Combining passion with good ideas is the essence of impact investing, says the president of The Rockefeller Foundation, who reflects on how the field has evolved and become an essential tool for investors who want to effect social change and also earn a retun on their funding.

Making a Graceful Exit

When a foundation decides to stop funding a program or wind down its operations, it's vital its leaders recognize the disruption the end of funding will cause for grantees and help them transition accordingly. 

Using Evaluation as a Strategic Intervention

Why foundations and social entrepreneurs seeking to maximize the impact of their investments should consider the dramatic leveraging potential of program evaluation.

Keeping the World's Food Supply Secure

For millions of people, the food they eat could kill them. But they may not have a choice. Daniel Chamovitz  has made it his mission to change that.

How Funders Can Help Nonprofits Achieve Scale

Nonprofits don’t have discrete ambitions. They want to quickly grow their seed money so they can expand programs that have both a measurable and meaningful impact. It’s one way philanthropists define “scale.”

But it is often a lot easier said than done.

Why Site Visits Matter

The following post is written by Beth Zwick , Senior Program Officer of the Ruderman Family Foundation, and originally appeared on the Council on Foundations website.

How Design Thinking Helps Engage Jewish Teens and Nonprofits

At the JFN International Conference in March, there was a seminar that exposed funders to the world of design thinking. Now we're starting to see how the core concepts from this exciting field are seeping into the world of Jewish philanthropy.

Meet the Millennials

Meet the millennials.

Actually, you already have. They’re the generation born from 1979 to 1990. If you’re not one of them, then you probably have at least a few in your life.