New report on the power of the grantmaking/grantseeking relationship

The Daily WRAG will return on Monday, November 23 as we prepare for our 2015 Annual Meeting!

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement has released a new study, Return on Investment, diving into the challenges facing social profit organizations trying to enhance services while also sustaining resources. The report looks into social profit professional development, capacity building, and grantmaker engagement/relationships to better meet the needs of the sector. (Center for Nonprofit Advancement, 11/18)

WRAG president Tamara Lucas Copeland said this of the report’s findings:

“According to Return on Investment, a new release from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, the social profit/nonprofit community needs and wants more unrestricted dollars, more professional development support, and a relationship of equals with their funders. Research by the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers shows that funders recognize the ‘lack of funding’ as the number one need of social profits, and note ‘capacity building grants’ as the third highest category of their grantmaking after ‘project/program specific’ and ‘general operating grants.’ And for the last two years, the funding community has ranked ‘collective impact’ as the number one trend that they see in philanthropy; so the notion of arriving at a shared vision between the philanthropic and social profit sectors – planning among equals – may be more on the horizon than is immediately apparent. To my colleagues in the social profit/nonprofit sector, I would say, ‘I don’t think we’re missing the mark, I think we’re at the early stages of an exciting culture shift. Onward.’”

You can click here to access the full report.

– The philanthropic and social profit communities have experienced a great loss as Rick Cohen, well-known national Nonprofit Quarterly correspondent, thought-leader, and social justice advocate, has passed away (Chronicle, 11/17):

“His loss will be inestimable to many of you, as it is to us,” Nonprofit Quarterly editors wrote in announcing the death. “Rick will be remembered for his integrity, his powerful and nimble intellect, his unyielding courage in pursuit of truth, his commitment to social justice, and his humor.”

–  The board of directors of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers has announced longtime philanthropy executive and current president and CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network David Biemesderfer as the organization’s next president and CEO. His new role will begin in mid-January 2016. Click here to find out more about the appointment.

– For the seventh-consecutive year, Booz Allen Hamilton has received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT equality in the workplace. (Booz Allen Hamilton, 11/18)

TRANSIT/MARYLAND | Md. receives four proposals to build light-rail Purple Line (WaPo, 11/17)

EDUCATION/PHILANTHROPY | Bloomberg Business takes a look at how more public universities are pushing for ambitious fundraising goals as some of their private peers have been the recipients of mega gifts in recent years. (Bloomberg Business, 11/12)

RACIAL EQUITY/SOCIAL JUSTICE | Police Are More Aggressive Overall in Encounters With African Americans (City Lab, 11/17)

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