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Maine Women’s Fund: 25 Random Things About Philanthropy

From the Maine Women’s Fund:

There are a number of things that I can dork out to. Philanthropy is high on that list… Right up there next to the US Constitution, network theory, and Facebook. . . . So, in the spirit of Facebook chain letters, here is a list of 25 Random Things that inspire me about philanthropy. What inspires you?

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12. I believe that the tenets of Web 2.0 can make philanthropy better. As evidenced by a lot of things… but my personal favorites include our 2007/2008 grant making processBeth Canter’s experiments, and the really innovative partnership between the Case Foundation, GlobalGiving, Parade Magazine, and Network for Good.. . . 

14. The Tools of Web 2.0 are also making philanthropy better. Have you checked out the Maine Women’s Fund group on Facebook or the Maine Women’s Fund channel on You Tube?

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Via @SpecialDee.

Filed under: giving, lessons

For Nonprofits: How To Handle Economic Nosedive

From Katya Andresen:

It’s ugly out there, and if you’re the pilot of your fundraising endeavors, you’re getting pretty sick of the turbulence. . . . Here are five keys to pulling yourself and your message together to survive 2009.

1. Give donors what they want: to feel good.
2. Give donors what they want: to hear from people they know.
3. Give donors what they want: tangibility.
4. Give donors what they want: flexibility.
5. Give donors what they want: personalization.

[S]ixth point . . . if these things aren’t working at all, that tells you something.

More here.

Via @amcwilliam.

Filed under: economy, lessons

Truths About Leading A Foundation

From the Grand Rapids Community Foundation:

The [President Diana] Sieger Truths about leading a foundation:

  • Foundation leaders do not have all the answers 
  • Foundation leaders do have access to resources and need to use them wisely
  • Foundation leaders do need to be leaders and not just “position holders”
  • Foundation leaders do need to be active listeners

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Filed under: executives, lessons, news