How Foundations Can Maximize Impact and Efficiency With Fluxx

By Newsroom on 09/19/2018

In 2015, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund was wrestling with the same issues many foundations still struggle with today: how to maximize their impact and improve operational efficiency without further burdening grantees. The Fund – which in 2017 granted 146 grants totaling nearly $5.4 million – was searching for a cloud-based, feature-rich management platform that enabled the grants management team to streamline their day-to-day work.

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Breaking Down Silos: Three Ways to Collaborate at Your Foundation

By Newsroom on 08/14/2018

 

A new generation is redefining social sector leadership with a work style that maximizes efficiency through collaboration. And you don’t have to be a millennial to harness the power of information sharing.

Here are three ways to access your foundation's valuable internal resources by simply communicating with colleagues:

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How To Value Grantee Voices For More Meaningful Impact Assessment

By Aaron Lester on 08/17/2017

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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Grantmakers: What Do Puppies and Organizational Change Have to Do With Each Other?

By Gwyneth Tripp, Blue Shield of California Foundation on 08/14/2017

This post first appeared in the Blue Shield of California Foundation blog. Thank you to Gywyneth for sharing her puppies (pictured above) with us!

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Not Ready for Impact Evaluation? Here Are 4 Steps to Help You Begin.

By David Goodman, Director of Impact at Fluxx on 03/23/2017

As we finish up yet another informative and exciting GMN ... err … PEAK Grantmaking conference in Hollywood and head back to our day jobs, I’m left reflecting on my experiences talking to and learning from a crowd of really smart people, committed to solving some really important issues in society.

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#PEAKGrantmaking2017: Measuring Impact in Philanthropy

By David Goodman, Director of Impact at Fluxx on 03/15/2017

It’s no secret that grantmakers continue to struggle with how to approach evaluation and create a path towards more meaningful and informative  impact measurement. With good reason! This is tough work.

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More Than Words: Key Takeaways from J.P. Morgan and the “How” of Measurement and Impact in Philanthropy

By David Goodman, Director of Impact at Fluxx on 12/19/2016

If there is one thing the philanthropic sector doesn’t need is another “conversation” about data, measurement, and impact. We are already really good at discussing these things and identifying the challenges, convening a group to address them, or attributing blame for why we continue to struggle with them.

That’s why a recent event hosted by The Philanthropy Centre at J.P Morgan in San Francisco was such a breath of fresh air. The gathering, How to Maximize Philanthropic Impact, was squarely focused on ensuring that the ideas presented there moved beyond just “talk.”

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Philanthropy Has an Impact Problem That Technology Can Help Solve

By David Goodman, Director of Impact at Fluxx on 11/17/2016

David Goodman participated on the Vendor Plenary Panel at the 2016 Technology Affinity Group (TAG) annual conference, where he first discussed his views on data, evaluation, and the sometimes over-emphasis on "impact" in philanthropy.

While my background is in research and evaluation, I’ve spent a great deal of time working with foundations and nonprofits to build their capacity to understand and use research and evaluation. I’m very excited to be able to bring my experience to the philanthropic sector at a time when there is a growing realization that it can benefit from the expertise of researchers and evaluators from other fields or disciplines.

This is a good thing. It gets me out of bed in the morning.

Yet, as much as I am excited about the emphasis on data, measurement, and impact, there is also a part of me that wants to pause – just for a moment – to talk about the disproportionate emphasis on “impact” alone.

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For Foundations, Becoming Data-Driven is a Journey Not a Destination

By David Goodman, Director of Impact at Fluxx on 10/20/2016

First off, what does it really mean to be data-driven? And secondly, how do you get there? Two great questions I’ve thought a lot about. In fact, I asked folks from more than 100 foundations the same questions.

Several themes developed and a roadmap of proven strategies emerged.

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The Future of Impact: How Technology is Changing the Game

By Jason Ricci on 09/14/2016

Whether you call it “all hands on deck” or “all oars in the water,” it has always made sense to me that we employ all the tools at our disposal to stanch the flow of intractable problems we face as a society.

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