5 Ways To Be An Even More Effective Foundation CFO

By Aaron Lester on 01/03/2018

More Effective CFO.jpgThe 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 role, especially when it comes to understanding day-to-day responsibilities or big-picture goals at a charitable foundation.

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How To Value Grantee Voices For More Meaningful Impact Assessment

By Aaron Lester on 08/17/2017

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Measuring impact is challenging. There’s no two ways about it. Some funders skip important steps in development while others fail to pay enough attention to their grantees’ capacity or preferences when designing and implementing evaluations. What’s more, the variety of approaches to the work across the sector constrains the way organizations assess and even define impact.

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3 Ways to Become an Exceptional Foundation Board Member

By Aaron Lester on 04/11/2017

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Foundations and other nonprofit organizations are a powerful force of good in the world, but without a steady backbone of leadership and guidance from high-quality board members, they risk losing focus and becoming far less effective.

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Foundation Transparency and Machine Readable IRS 990s: Is the Game Over?

By Brad Smith, Foundation Center on 06/03/2016

Open_Data_blog-1.jpgThe tranquil world of America's foundations is about to be shaken, but if you read the Center for Effective Philanthropy's (CEP) recent study – Sharing What Matters, Foundation Transparency – you would never know it.

Don't get me wrong. That study, like everything CEP produces, is carefully researched, insightful and thoroughly professional. But it misses the single biggest change in foundation transparency in decades: the imminent release by the Internal Revenue Service of foundation 990-PF (and 990) tax returns as machine-readable open data.

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