Volunteers Donate More Money

I was glancing through the latest issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy and came across an interesting news briefing that said Americans who volunteer donate 10 times more money than those who don’t volunteer.  This was based on a study that Harris Interactive, a consumer research firm, conducted on behalf of Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund.  I would presume that individuals …

2010 Foundation Center Scholarships & Other Resources

Foundation Directory Online I’m sure many of you have heard about San Francisco’s Foundation Center.  One of the Foundation Center’s key resources is their Foundation Directory Online (FDO) which allows nonprofits to electronically search their extensive database of over 100,000 foundations for relevant potential funders.  They’ve also added a new Power Search engine called FDO Professional, which searches through NINE …

Show Me the Money

Happy New Year, everyone!  I recently received a short article called “Keep Up the Momentum: Use Your Year-end Fundraising to Kickstart 2010: 10 Strategies for Turning Your Year-End Fundraising into Sustained Growth in the New Year.”  The article was sent by Convio, a constituent relationship management software and services provider.  Here is a short breakdown of the ten strategies.  I …

Nominate a California changemaker for the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards

Each year, the James Irvine Foundation recognizes individual leaders from any sector — nonprofit, public or private — and in any field, such as education, health, housing, economic development or the environment, who are advancing innovative and effective solutions to significant California issues.  Four to six award recipients will each receive $125,000 in organizational support and assistance in sharing their effective …

Something New!

We heard you loud and clear.  Some of you mentioned wanting to have an electronic version of our grant application prior to going into our online system to make it easier to cut and paste responses.  So, we have added an electronic sample grant application, which can always be found under ‘Submit a Request’ in our ‘How to Apply’ section.  …

BRING YOUR “A” GAME — A must-see!

BRING YOUR “A” GAME, produced by one of our grantees, Twenty-First Century Foundation, in partnership with actor-director Mario Van Peebles and producer Karen Williams, will have its BET debut this weekend.  Per the Twenty-First Century Foundation’s website, the documentary aims to catalyze ” a national conversation on the plight affecting Black men and boys…Using a cinematic style influenced by popular …

Perspectives of a Young Man

Over the past four weeks, my nephew, Michael, has been visiting from North Carolina.  During this first of hopefully many visits to California, he has been a volunteer here at the Mitchell Kapor Foundation learning about the work we do and helping us get some important things done as we move into the next fiscal year.  I’m really proud of …

Measuring Grantmaking Excellence

With this daunting economic crisis and an ever-growing desire within the foundation world to increase foundation impact, I’m seeing more and more articles about improving the effectiveness of philanthropic dollars.  At the Kapor Foundation, positive impact towards social change is at the heart of our discussions about our work, and we’re working really hard right now to make sure our …

Helping nonprofits do their work better…

Today, I read Rosetta Thurman’s blog, “Perspectives From the Pipeline,” that resonated with a lot of the conversations that Cedric, Carmen, and I have been having about how the Kapor Foundation can work to help the nonprofits we support to do their work better.  Given that my job’s purpose is to do just that, I was excited to learn about …

Craigslist Foundation’s Nonprofit Boot Camp this Saturday!

Craigslist Foundation’s Nonprofit Boot Camp is just around the corner: this Saturday, June 20th in Berkeley.  If you’re looking for some inexpensive professional development, Nonprofit Boot Camp is for you.  For $75, you get a day of great speakers (Arianna Huffington, Randi Zuckerberg, and Craig Newmark, to name a few), workshops, and networking opportunities.  Workshops address everything form web 2.0 …

Grantees Evaluating Our Work

For the past six months, we’ve worked with Blueprint Research & Design, an independent consulting firm, to start shaping an evaluation of our grantmaking.  As part of this evaluation process, Blueprint will conduct phone interviews with a subset of current and past Kapor Foundation grantees.  Feedback from the interviews will help us to identify improvements we can make to our …

Keeping up with the times

The times are fast changing.  A couple of weeks ago, my mom sent me a text message asking me, “How do u Twitter?” Aside from being side-splittingly hilarious, it was yet another loud and clear signal that the information age is in a new dimension. I know I sound really old right now, but it used to be that if …