Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 5:14pm
I have attended a lot of conferences over the years and have always felt driven to go to as many sessions as possible, to gather information and knowledge to bring back to my colleagues at the Maine Community Foundation. This time around was no different: I set out to get the latest on National Standards, to explore issues related to endowed philanthropy, to learn how community foundations and United Ways can do more together.
Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 11:54am
As part of the Learn Foundation Law team, I am excited to announce the launch of our new training course, Working with Government Officials: Rules for Private Foundations. This course is designed to help private foundation staff navigate the rules and regulations surrounding interactions with government officials.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 12:15pm
As autumn begins, the research team at the Council inevitably sees an increase in the number of foundations seeking data on the salaries, benefits, and administrative expenses of their peers. There is no more comprehensive study of these trends than the Council’s Grantmakers Salary & Benefits Report (GSB). That’s why we’re pleased to announce the release of the 2015 Salary Tables!
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 12:26pm
In philanthropy we’ve long known that we play a unique role by addressing society’s most pressing challenges at their root. Our work is distinct from charity – focused less on meeting immediate needs and more on tackling the underlying causes. And we’re well positioned to take risks to figure out what strategies work best to solve social problems, something that companies and other players beholden to greater political and consumer pressures can’t always do.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 11:24am
Sophia Guevara recently had the opportunity to interview Emily Kessler, the interim director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. In this interview, Emily shares how she got her start in philanthropy and what she is hoping to do to help emerging professionals and increase the value of an EPIP membership.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 1:05pm
“It goes without saying that increased technology has allowed us not only to stay in operation but to thrive and therefore to continue to meet the needs of children and families.”
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 12:52pm
Giving online is increasing in double digit percentages year over year, yet in our community, many of the nonprofits we serve have barely have a website let alone a “Donate Now” button. As a result, we thought it was important for us to help our nonprofits become familiar with raising money online.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 1:34pm
When Jessica David was wondering how to support her new hire, who was tasked with telling her foundation’s story online, she turned to her peers for advice.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 3:48pm
If you want to encourage break-through approaches to community challenges, the first step just might just to be to devise an innovative grant-making program.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 11:19am
Are you looking for ways to improve innovation at your organization? Sometimes innovative ideas aren’t shared because people don’t know who to take them to. Or, they think that others would judge the idea’s value based on the person contributing it. If you are looking to spur innovation at your organization, consider creating an online tool to collect ideas.