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Lessons and Advice for New Systems

Puhleeeeze tell me I don’t really have to answer these three application questions that all ask for the same information, using slightly different words! Why do funders do this?

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road to a New Online System

Six Questions for Gwyneth Tripp, Blue Shield of California Foundation Selecting a new system for application, reporting, and grants management is a significant undertaking. Many grants managers feel understandably overwhelmed by the task. Dr. Streamline had a chance to talk recently with Gwyneth Tripp, grants manager at Blue Shield of California Foundation. Gwyneth offered to … Continued

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Embrace Data Sharing to Help Nonprofits Focus on Impact

In terms of technology, the philanthropic sector is stuck in the past. it’s time for the sector to adopt current technologies that facilitate accurate information exchange and save people from unnecessary work.

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Sharing the Success Means Sharing the Bumps Along the Way

What I have learned over the last three years of working with funders who are true partners in learning and evaluation is how crucial it is to be willing to take a leap of faith and to see the funding relationship as a true collaboration.

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Learning with Diverse Communities Through Culturally Responsive Evaluation

Too often, evaluation discourages and disconnects people instead of engaging them. How can we make evaluation accessible to all?

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Three Lessons on Learning from Three Different Perspectives

As more foundations look to how they can grow and improve their learning practices, our hope is that they will see the benefit of involving all perspectives, both in and outside of their organizations.

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Blur the Lines, Sharpen the Work

Blurring the lines does not happen magically. Senior leadership must actively support a new approach to grants management.

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Learning and Evaluation, A Conversation

Imagine what we can accomplish if we are able to redirect all of the resources currently devoted to capturing data and information in applications and reports toward understanding and acting on what is learned.

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Collaboration in International Grantmaking : The Nuts & Bolts

In a world where government and international donors far “outfund” philanthropy institutions, collaboration is one of the major ways that foundations of all sizes can increase their impact on a global scale.

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Collaboration in Venture Philanthropy: New Profit’s Story

Our model is built on the belief that no organization or sector can create transformative social change on its own, but visionary social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and cross-sector partners can lead (and are leading) the way to a dramatically different and brighter future in our nation.