Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2014

Lucy Bernholz in partnership with The Foundation Center and the European Foundation Centre recently released predictions for philanthropy in 2014.

Download the report PDF here: Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2014

The table of contents includes:
  • Expanding Horizons
    The social economy is one way of thinking about all of the tools we use to apply our private resources for public good. This frame was first introduced in Blueprint 2012 and was explored in greater depth last year, and has focused on the American context. This year, Lucy examines the social economy of Europe to better define this lens and expand understanding.
  • Insight: Big Shifts that Matter
    Building from a basic understanding of the social economy, the big shift that matters going forward is positioning that world of enterprises and revenue in a digital frame. This section examines digital civil society through discussions of associations and privacy, ownership and governance, and data as a starting resource. It also makes the case for why this frame matters.
  • Buzzword Watch
    Some of the year’s most-talked-about ideas and buzzwords that may catch your ear in the year ahead.
  • Foresight: Predictions for 2014
    A round-up of predictions about policy, infrastructure, technology-enabled civic engagement, crowdfunding scandal, personal privacy, and e-filing with the IRS.
  • 2014 Wildcards
    “Predictable unpredictables” including the nonprofit takeover of city functions, benefit corporations, the European Foundation form, and natural disasters.
  • Hindsight: Previous Forecasts
    Lucy’s scorecard for her 2013 predictions: 7 right, 3 wrong, 1 with no data, and 1 that was both right and wrong.
  • Glimpses of the Future 
    Lucy shares thoughts on how civic tech could impact communities and what ethics of data we need to be thinking about.

Now Available: Foundation Stats via Foundation Center

Newly updated, the Foundation Center’s Foundation Stats provides the most comprehensive resource available for generating tables and charts on the size, scope, and giving priorities of the U.S. foundation community.

Screenshot of the data tool available from the Foundation Center
Screenshot of the data tool available from the Foundation Center

With this tool, you can create a list of the top 50 grantmakers in our state by either subject area or population group (*see terms below). You can download your results to PDF or CSV.

This new update follows the Foundation Center’s recent release of a free limited-access version of the Foundation Directory Online.

Northeast Indiana nonprofit patrons can access for free, the full version of the Foundation Directory Online (FDO) here, at the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center at the Allen County Public Library. And we’ll also teach you to use it in monthly Grant Basics I classes.

Not from here? Check out the locations of other Funding Information Network Partners for free access to the full FDO.

*Interest area – Subjects Continue reading

The PCNRC has Changed its Handle!

Don’t fret.  We are still calling ourselves the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center, but . . .Image

The Foundation Center has recently changed the name of the Cooperating Collections program to the Funding Information Network.  This new name is designed to better illustrate how our organization helps people find funding for their projects.

We are now known as a “Funding Information Network partner,” and we’ll be offering the same great services and trainings to assist you in your work!

Foundation Directory Online – Free

The PCNRC is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center. Earlier this month, the Foundation Center launched free access to a limited version of the Foundation Directory Online.

Read more from the Foundation Center’s promotional materials and press release:

We’re pleased to announce that our premier funder database, Foundation Directory Online, now includes a free search tool that has replaced Foundation Finder, providing public access to essential information about nearly 90,000 foundations and over 250,000 IRS Forms 990-PF.

Start searching at

You can access the full Foundation Directory Online Professional version for free in the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center.

Foundation Center Launches Free Search Tool

Nonprofits Gain a Powerful New Fundraising Research Tool

New York, NY — September 16, 2013. The Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, has launched Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Free, an online tool that dramatically expands public access to the Center’s authoritative collection of foundation information. At no cost, users can search the basic profiles and IRS Forms 990-PF of nearly 90,000 grantmakers, less than 7 percent of which have web sites of their own. Continue reading

Understanding Collaboration – Program Materials

Many thanks to David Holmes, of Foundation Center Cleveland, and our guests for participating in today’s program on “Understanding Collaboration.”

Click on the image to view the powerpoint show. See links to resources below.


More Resources:

GrantSpace: Knowledge Base

Foundation Center: Collaboration Database

PCNRC Blog: 23@4, Nonprofit Collaboration Tools and Resources

*Updated 7/22 to add the following links:

La Piana Consulting’s Partnership Matrix (a PDF)

Click on this book cover to go to the catalog and place a hold:

Special Foundation Center Program: Understanding Collaborations on July 19th


Join us July 19th as David Holmes, Regional Training Coordinator, Foundation Center, Cleveland, presents:

Understanding Collaborations
July 19th | 10:30-2:00
Main Library | Meeting Room A

Register here to attend

Strategic collaborations, joint programming, and mergers are becoming more and more important to the nonprofit sector everyday and understanding your options for working collaboratively to achieve mission-critical impact is a must for today’s nonprofit leaders.

This free class, developed in partnership with La Piana Consulting, will walk you through the basics of collaboration and provide you with:

  • an understanding of why nonprofits are choosing collaboration
  • knowledge on the range of collaboration options available
  • a framework for the basic process steps in forging successful collaborative relationships
  • action steps for further exploration
  • access to model collaborations

Including an introduction to the Nonprofit Collaboration Database, this presentation of Understanding Collaboration will feature tools that can put your organization on the path to successful collaborative partnerships.

This class will also include some activities to help you grow your organization’s reach, as well as a discussion group.

Applications Not Accepted? What’s a Grant Seeker to Do?

“Of the more than 86,000 independent, community, and corporate foundations in the United States, 60 percent state that they do not accept unsolicited proposals.”

– Bradford K. Smith, Foundation Center president

In our Grant Basics I class grant seekers learn about the opportunity to cultivate a relationship with funders who do not accept unsolicited proposals, but what does that actually mean?

Grant seekers want to know: How do I make contact?  Foundation Center has your answers, pulled together below:

Applications Not Accepted: Get on Their Radar [2011-04-25]” a transcript from an online GrantSpace chat with panelist Bradford K. Smith, president of Foundation Center, and Pamela Grow, author, coach, consultant and more, offers their thoughts and experiences on “preselect” foundations brought out the following resources and options for Grant Seekers entertaining building a relationship with a foundation not accepting applications.

Check out some notes or go straight to the source – read through this GrantSpace online chat 

Action steps for grant seekers:

1) Research the foundation thoroughly
2) Follow the foundation’s guidelines. “No phone calls” means just that, but don’t make assumptions.
3) Consider a Letter of Inquiry, which in this particular case is technically more of an “Exploratory Letter”*
4) Find a personal connection, through your board or staff
5) Build a relationship. Take an interest in the foundation’s work in the community, ask for their feedback or seek advice from their representatives
– Read the transcript for more.

*What is the difference between letter of inquiry and exploratory letter? 

“The major difference is that you note that you are aware that the foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals while noting that your research indicates that your mission aligns beautifully with theirs.” – Pamela Grow

Learn more about Exploratory Letters in Storytelling for Grantseekers by [Cheryl] Clarke, also available as an ebook for ACPL cardholders.

Related resources from GrantSpace’s Knowledge Base Q & A’s:

From this last resource: Common reasons that foundations do not accept applications include:

  • the foundation has an internal process for identifying and selecting its grantees each year
  • it has been legally set up for the benefit of specific organizations
  • it does not have the capacity to receive and review a lot of proposals

For more light reading, check out Bradford K. Smith’s PhilanTopic blog post “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You” on why a foundation might choose to not accept unsolicited proposals.