The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines played a key leadership role in developing and executing a long-range community improvement plan
Posted Date: Thu, 10/02/2014 - 16:04
A few years back, leaders in Des Moines, Iowa, faced a common dilemma. While there was no shortage of people and organizations working to better the community, there was little alignment or master planning to coordinate the efforts.
Posted Date: Wed, 10/01/2014 - 13:05
Isssues: Community Foundations Centennial, Emerging Leaders, Leadership, Partnerships and Collaborations, Professional Development, Technology
“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.”
Posted Date: Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:58
In summer 2012 I was a brand new Program Officer and wasn’t sure what to expect when I joined a group from the Jewish Funders Network (JFN) on a rural bus tour of eight youth camps in three days. My traveling companions were members and guests of the JFN Disability Peer Network. We were all trying to understand better how well children with disabilities are included in the Jewish camping movement.
Posted Date: Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:00
The idea of coordinated giving days is gaining momentum. These social media campaigns provide an image-building opportunity for community foundations as well as opportunities to build the capacity of our grantees to raise money for themselves.
Posted Date: Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:52
Isssues: Donor Engagement, Partnerships and Collaborations, Professional Development, Social Media, Technology
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.
Posted Date: Thu, 08/07/2014 - 11:00
Here’s proof you don’t need an endowment to have a significant and disruptive impact on your region’s philanthropic landscape.
Posted Date: Mon, 06/30/2014 - 13:44
At the White House this week, foundation executives, including the Council’s President and CEO Vikki Spruill, met with senior Administration officials for a roundtable on the future of impact investing. A complement to charitable giving and foundation grantmaking, impact investing offers a powerful opportunity to provide cash, loans, or equity capital to an organization, fund, or company that intends to generate measurable social or environmental impacts, alongside financial returns.
Posted Date: Wed, 06/25/2014 - 13:34
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.
Posted Date: Tue, 06/24/2014 - 14:44
Isssues: Partnerships and Collaborations
With partnerships being very important in making the most of innovative ideas, how does one develop an authentic partnership? In a recent situation, I developed a partnership with several individuals to implement an idea at a large conference.
When Community Foundations Convene, Collaborate and Connect - The Artificial Reef Project at the Community Foundation of Collier County
Posted Date: Fri, 05/09/2014 - 13:08
The problem was as vast as the ocean – or in our case, the Gulf of Mexico, floor. Over time, the reef system in the Gulf waters bordering Collier County in SW Florida had been destroyed by hurricanes and shifting currents. For fish and other marine life, there was nowhere to run – or hide – and the impact on Collier County’s environment and tourism industry was significant and growing more severe.