Aaron Lester

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5 Ways To Be An Even More Effective Foundation CFO

by Aaron Lester on Jan 3, 2018 7:19:02 AM

The most basic job description of a CFO is to manage an organization’s finances. But the simplicity of this description belies the complexity of the...

Tackling a Political Sea Change: 2017 Signals the Importance of Faster, More Flexible Philanthropy

by Aaron Lester on Dec 18, 2017 2:09:01 PM

Despite – or perhaps, because of – the unexpected results of the 2016 presidential election, giving trends for last year were overwhelmingly...

It’s Time to Rethink the Final Report: How to Create a More Meaningful Feedback Loop

by Aaron Lester on Dec 5, 2017 9:00:29 AM

This post was originally published on the PEAK Grantmaking blog in November, 2017.

It’s inevitable: at the end of every grant cycle, a final report...

Program Managers: Do You Have a Love/Hate Relationship With Data? It's time to fix that.

by Aaron Lester on Nov 22, 2017 10:54:38 AM

As a program manager and subject expert, you’ve always believed in the importance of capturing information and stories that articulate the impact of...

Grants Managers: How to Think Like a Data Scientist

by Aaron Lester on Nov 10, 2017 6:49:43 AM

Chances are, if you began your career as a grants manager 10 or 15 years ago, you didn’t consider yourself a tech pro, or a data wizard. You probably...

Why Foundations Should Play a Collaborative, Connecting Role in Environmental Funding

by Aaron Lester on Oct 19, 2017 6:07:00 AM

Although the environmental sector only accounts for 3 percent of total giving in the U.S., environmental issues, particularly climate change, remain...

4 Big Myths About Cloud-Based Grants Management Software, Debunked

by Aaron Lester on Oct 12, 2017 2:00:28 PM

For foundations, cloud-based grants management software has evolved rapidly since its relatively recent introduction. Cloud-based systems have...

Foundations: Your Impact Depends on How You Collaborate With Your Grantees

by Aaron Lester on Sep 14, 2017 5:27:00 AM

It's vitally important that foundations and nonprofits engage and collaborate in a healthy two-way relationship to bring about the change they both...

4 Tips To Becoming A Data-First Grants Manager

by Aaron Lester on Sep 7, 2017 7:48:05 AM

As a grants manager, you’ve always understood the importance of data, even if you don’t always consider yourself a tech guru. As the quarterback of...

How Can I Help People Affected By Hurricane Harvey?

by Aaron Lester on Aug 30, 2017 10:35:00 AM

   People making their way down a flooded street in Houston, Texas. Joe Raedle/Getty

Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm when it made landfall near...