Changing the world takes more than great ideas and dedicated people. It also takes organizations with effective leadership and strong management practices – organizations that can execute effectively on programs that generate impact. Developed in partnership with The Management Center, an organization that specializes in building nonprofit leaders’ management skills, Helping Grantees Build Management Skills will help you understand how you can better engage with your grantees on this front.
2013 will be a year of tremendous philanthropic need and opportunity. To help strategic philanthropists think about the coming year and how they may maximize their impact, we asked some of the sharpest thinkers and greatest innovators in the sector to share their insights on the crucial topics the sector must address, the challenges it will face, and the meaningful impact we are collectively well positioned to achieve. Throughout December, Arabella ran Impact 2013, a series of posts on our Greater Good blog. Impact 2013 featured ideas ranging from philanthropy and the political system to converting innovation into sustainable reality to global issues such as maternal health, nutrition, and more.
This publication, co-authored by Arabella’s Lucy Bernholz with Michael Maness and Mayur Patel of the Knight Foundation, reviews the insights of the 2009 Knight Foundation’s “News Challenge” winners on how foundations can make media innovation projects successful. Arabella Advisors, in partnership with the Knight Foundation, has been conducting an ongoing review of the Knight News Challenge.The report includes nine projects that provide new ways to visualize data, platforms for crowdsourcing and mapping, and tools for exploring and sharing primary source documents on the web.
Money talks—especially during election season. Including political giving in your philanthropic strategy can be a valuable way to amplify your voice and impact the issues you care about most. We have compiled six best practices for making the most of your political contributions, along with a chart to help you navigate your options.
We also hosted a webinar during which Eric Kessler and Jim Joseph of Arnold & Porter discussed the many different ways political contributions can be used to candidate committees, PACs, 501(c)(3)s, and other organizations to advance one’s philanthropic strategy.
Pooled donor funds provide a powerful grantmaking tool – one that can help international human rights funders work together to accomplish shared goals. Pooled funds can amplify funders’ impact on key issues by consolidating philanthropic resources, strengthening grantee networks, enabling organizations to share policy and technical expertise, and more. In some cases, they can also enable funders to respond more rapidly – and with increased anonymity – to time-sensitive requests from grantees working on the ground on critical human rights issues.