Why Compelling Video Storytelling Should Be a Priority at Your Nonprofit

By Kristen Evans on 10/06/2017

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

By Aaron Lester on 09/14/2017

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It's vitally important that foundations and nonprofits engage and collaborate in a healthy two-way relationship to bring about the change they both seek. But there is often a wide disconnect between how funders and grantees go about their work.

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How to Blow Up Grantee Reporting and Create a More Valuable Feedback Loop

By Aaron Lester on 04/27/2017

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Although reporting can be a great opportunity to share the advancement of an organization’s work, the grantee report is at risk of becoming nothing more than a tedious task that contributes little value to you or your grantee.

Instead of being used as a launching pad for iteration and improvement, these reports too often go unread or underutilized.

It’s time to reframe the future of grantee reporting.

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Program Officers: Four Ways To Create Stronger Grantee Relationships for Greater Impact

By Aaron Lester on 01/18/2017

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The ultimate goal of any foundation is to create change. And program officers play a critical role in making that happen. But the program officer’s job is challenging. Not only must they be experts in their funding areas, but they also serve as relationship builders and key decision makers within their foundations.

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Can Grants Management Software Really Alleviate Grantee Burden?

By Aaron Lester on 04/27/2016

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Foundation leaders have told us that before they implemented new grants management software, they worried that a new system, including an online grants application, would be a hassle  for prospective and existing grantees.

It turns out that their personal experience with grants management software has proven otherwise. It busted that myth wide open. These same foundation leaders ultimately found that grants management software didn’t just benefit their own teams – it was also a major win for their grantees.

So, how does good grants management software alleviate the burden from your grantees?

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Strong Grantee Relationships Enable Critical Impact on Food Safety

By Aaron Lester on 12/15/2015

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Do you endure sleepless nights fretting about the safety of the food you eat at restaurants? Me neither. That’s because we don’t have to.

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