The 'How' of Grantmaking: Best Practices to Improve Your Foundation’s Unique Grant Process

By Aaron Lester on 04/04/2017

Unfortunately, there’s no definitive game plan for grantmakers. “The how of grantmaking,” as PEAK Grantmaking calls it, is many times a learn-on-the-fly endeavor, with systems, processes, and best practices handed down from one grants manager or program officer to the next. But sometimes best practices get lost in translation or dropped altogether.

That’s why we’ve gathered what we feel represents the best practices that are common among all effective grantmakers. And while it is true that your foundation has a unique way of managing the grantmaking process, we’ve uncovered tribal knowledge – broken down into three key steps –  that you can employ to improve your efficiency and effectiveness.

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How Do You Know You Have the Right Data for Meaningful Storytelling?

By David Goodman, Director of Impact at Fluxx on 02/07/2017

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Top 7 Cybersecurity Terms You Need to Know To Protect Your Foundation’s Data

By Aaron Lester on 01/24/2017

Foundations are understandably tight-lipped about cyberattacks. Because of the sensitive nature of the breached data and fear that broadcasting a hack might invite more attacks, it’s not often that we hear about cybersecurity threats in philanthropy. But it can happen to anyone, anywhere — and it happens more than you might think.  

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Data Philanthropy: How the Private Sector Can Use Its Data for Good

By Matt Stempeck on 09/03/2014

 
This post originally appeared on Harvard Business Review's HBR Blog Network with the title, "Sharing Data Is a Form of Corporate Philanthropy," on July 24, 2014.

Ever since the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters was signed in 1999, satellite companies like DMC International Imaging have had a clear protocol with which to provide valuable imagery to public actors in times of crisis. In a single week this February, DMCii tasked its fleet of satellites on flooding in the United Kingdom, fires in India, floods in Zimbabwe, and snow in South Korea. Official crisis response departments and relevant UN departments can request on-demand access to the visuals captured by these “eyes in the sky” to better assess damage and coordinate relief efforts.

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Lessons from Knight Foundation: How to Beef Up Your Data Game

By Jon Sotsky on 08/21/2014

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