Philanthropy Toolkit

Increase Your Capacity

Increase Your Capacity

We help you work smarter, not harder. Achieve your mission and goals by finding efficient ways to scale programs, remain nimble, keep pace with change, and focus on what you care about most.

Our learning communities, databases, and online support tools connect you with peers, boost your knowledge, and help you evaluate the effectiveness of your efforts.

  • GrantCraft

    Tap into the practical wisdom of experienced grantmakers the world over.

    Practical wisdom for grantmakers.

    Increase your capacity
    GrantCraft

    GRANTCRAFT

    GrantCraft is a valuable resource when it comes to learning and sharing the craft of grantmaking. We facilitate the exchange of information among like-minded funders around the globe and increase the collective knowledge of grantmaking as a whole. The program's unique approach taps the "practical wisdom" of experienced grantmakers the world over. A tremendous set of resources includes tools and techniques available as guides, videos, cases, and translations. GrantCraft provides you with:

    • Real-life examples and tested solutions for overcoming the hurdles grantmakers face.
    • The opportunity to sit at a virtual roundtable with thousands of experienced professionals from a variety of organizations.
    • Easily accessed workshops to help you structure and customize discussions in your own community.

    EXPLORE THE GRANTCRAFT WEB SITE AT:

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  • Foundation Folders — Free Web Sites for Foundations

    We think it's so important for every foundation to have a web site, we'll design and maintain yours for free.

    The benefits of a web site. Without the cost.

    Increase your capacity
    Communicate your work
    FOUNDATION FOLDERS

    FOUNDATION WEB BUILDER: FREE WEB SITES FOR FOUNDATIONS

    The Foundation Center has long recognized the power of the web to communicate — we've been designing and hosting foundation web sites since 1996. Our Foundation Web Builder service is a powerful tool that can provide your foundation with a professionally designed and easy-to-maintain, state-of-the-art web site — without the cost or administrative hassle. Grantmakers who use it find they receive a higher caliber of proposals and fulfill fewer information requests by mail, which saves them a good deal of effort and expense. Unique benefits of having a Foundation Web Builder site include:

    • Substantial savings in time and budget dollars.
    • An easy way to share the impact of your work.
    • Free maintenance and technical support.
    • Unparalleled personal service.
    • The expertise and experience of Foundation Center web specialists.

    We also offer a premium level of web site development and hosting for a nominal fee, with features that include your own domain name, site usage reports, and a password-protected area.

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  • Custom Web Portals

    Custom, curated portals contain foundation grants information, data visualization tools, research, news, and social media that help you do your job more efficiently.

    The antidote to information overload.

    Scan the landscape
    Increase your capacity
    Communicate your work
    Custom Web Posrtals

    CUSTOM WEB PORTALS

    Staying up on the latest developments and best practices is a challenge. That's why we provide custom, curated web portals. Our unique ability to bring together foundation grants information, data visualization tools, research, news, and social media helps you focus and do your job more efficiently. Plus, by leveraging the portals to communicate about your work, you'll reach — and collaborate with — like-minded funders. To see examples of our custom web portals, visit:

    HAVE YOUR OWN IDEA FOR A CUSTOM PORTAL?

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  • TRASI — Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact

    Find the right tools to measure your effectiveness, and connect with peers and experts.

    Are your efforts producing the impact
    you envisioned? Find out.

    Scan the landscape
    Increase your capacity
    Help your grantees and applicants
    TRASI

    TRASI — TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR ASSESSING SOCIAL IMPACT

    You do what you do in order to make a difference. But how do you know if your efforts are effective? That's where our TRASI tool comes in. It stands for Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact and that's exactly what it does — helps you assess the return on your social investments. It features a searchable, expert-reviewed database of more than 150 approaches and helps gauge something that's often hard to quantify. With TRASI, you and your grantees can:

    • Find the right tools to assess the impact you're both having.
    • Measure the effectiveness of your programs and strategies.
    • Connect with peers and evaluation experts to learn what works (and what doesn't).

    EXPLORE TRASI AND LEARN HOW IT CAN HELP YOU:

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  • Project Streamline: Improving Grant Applications & Reporting

    Grantmakers and grantseekers working together to make more time for what matters.

    More time for what matters.

    Increase your capacity
    Help your grantees and applicants
    Project Streamline

    PROJECT STREAMLINE: IMPROVING GRANT APPLICATIONS & REPORTING

    Administrative burdens on grantseekers can be overwhelming. The list of hoops for applicants to jump through varies greatly from one foundation to the next. So we work collaboratively with a variety of grantmakers and grantseekers to demystify and simplify the application process. By doing so, everyone in the partnership can focus on having an impact — and spend less time fighting red tape. Project Streamline's framework of tools and publications is created around four core principles which help you:

    • Start fresh: Take a look at your organization's application and reporting requirements.
    • Keep expectations in-line: Ensure the effort grantees expend is proportional to the size of the grant, while also taking into consideration any pre-existing relationships.
    • Relieve the burden: Minimize the amount of time and money grantseekers spend getting and administering grants, freeing everyone up to focus on mutual goals.
    • Improve communication: Make your processes clear and straightforward.

    VISIT THE PROJECT STREAMLINE WEB SITE TO SEE IT IN ACTION AND LEARN MORE:

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  • Grantseeker Training

    Refer your applicants to us for essential training and improve the quality of the applications you receive.

    Improve the quality of your grant applications.

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    Help your grantees and applicants
    Grantseeker Training

    GRANTSEEKER TRAINING

    The key to connecting nonprofits with the resources they need to grow and thrive is education. That's why we focus on teaching the ins and outs of the grantseeking process. Our curriculum tackles topics from "developing a fundraising plan" to "securing corporate partnerships" to "cultivating grantmaker relationships." We offer a range of free classes, as well as in-depth, full-day courses that take place in venues around the country and online — thus ensuring an entry point for large and small organizations alike. All in an effort to foster better grant applicants by teaching nonprofits to:

    • Write better grant proposals.
    • Conduct more targeted research so proposals are aimed at the right funders.
    • Demonstrate the impact of their programs.

    REFER APPLICANTS TO US FOR ESSENTIAL TRAINING:

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