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4 Top Tips to Maximize Online Giving

Online giving has grown substantially in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down. Darian Rodriguez Heyman shares the tips, tools, and how-to steps for success your nonprofit needs to know to make the most of your digital presence.

FIN Spotlight: The Texas Grants Resource Center (TGRC) at the University of Texas at Austin

The Funding Information Network highlights one of their oldest partners, The Texas Grants Resource Center (TGRC) at the University of Texas at Austin. They recently completed a re-branding initiative and developed a sustainability plan. Ellen Moutos Lee, TRGC FIN supervisor, discusses these processes and explains how TRGC stays relevant in their local community. 

Tracking Philanthropy Trends: A Panel Discussion of the Giving USA Report

Foundation Center West, in partnership with Community Counseling Service (CCS), hosted a panel discussion, Giving USA Review of Results and Analysis: A National Perspective and a Bay Area Perspective. Philanthropy leaders from the Greater Bay Area discussed current philanthropy trends analyzed in the latest Giving USA report.

Top 5 Questions About Soliciting Grants

Forty-one states require registration for nonprofits that solicit contributions within their borders. That includes grants. Harbor Compliance answers the top 5 questions they get in regards to grant applications and state registration requirements.

Playing the Data Playbook

Dan Rivas of Idealware explains why nonprofits don't need "big data". Instead they need "little data": information about their organization and their beneficiaries. Be sure to join us on July 13 for a webinar from Idealware about data collection for nonprofits. 

Event Recap: Pride Funders Panel

On June 1, Foundation Center West held a panel discussion, “Beyond Marriage Equality: What’s Next in Funding LGBTQ Issues?” The panelists were: Roger Doughty, president of the Horizons Foundation; Matt Foreman, senior program director, gay and lesbian rights at the Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund; J. Alexander Sloan, vice president of strategic partnerships and communications at Tides; and Christine C. Tien, M.P.P., J.D., program manager, South Sacramento at The California Endowment. Foundation Center West director, Michele Dilworth, moderated the discussion.

Making Effective Collaboration Possible

"WARNING: Avoid collaboration if possible!" That’s the bright orange warning in the opening pages of a new handbook by Fund for Our Economic Future that aims to help you recognize -- and achieve -- real "col-lab-or-a-tion" and avoid "co-blab-or-a-tion".

Designing Br@nd Experiences for Social Impact

In the digital age, how can social change brands effectively align organizational strategy with the designed experiences they create, to deliver meaningful value, deepen audience engagement, and achieve greater impact? David Schwartz Founder of Constructive shares how social change organizations can increase their impact by providing strategic brand experiences for their audience.

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