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The Re-Emerging Art of Funding Innovation

A growing number of foundations are reintroducing risk-taking into their processes and portfolios as one way to create breakthrough change.

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  • Executive Director of the Jaquelin Hume Foundation Gisèle Huff on the role of social innovation in nonprofits. Jaquelin Hume Foundation Executive Director Gisele Huff talks about the foundation's investment strategy, and why innovation and technology initiatives are significant.

    Featuring Gisele Huff
  • Jennifer Lynn Aaker on social responsibility in daily life Jennifer Lynn Aaker discusses a repeatable method that we can follow to get people to take action, but perhaps even more important, to influence people to get others to take action as well.

    Featuring Jennifer Lynn Aaker

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  • How can you build a capacity for innovation within your social purpose organization? Join Warren Nilsson and Tana Paddock as they discuss the theory and practice of “inscaping”—their term for the work of drawing on personal experience to generate the raw material…

    Warren Nilsson, Tana Paddock, & Marlon Parker
  • A lively discussion on funding for impact with presenters Jeff Raikes, Tom Tierney, and Lisbeth Schorr, all whom have long and distinguished careers in philanthropy and evaluation.

    Jeff Raikes, Tom Tierney, & Lisbeth Schorr
  • Leading foundation executives and philanthropists discuss how to learn from what’s working and adapt your giving strategies.

    Steven McCormick, Jenny Shilling Stein, Jeffrey Walker, & Susan Wolf Ditkoff
  • #GivingTuesday is a celebratory kick-off day to the giving season. In its inaugural year last year, on #GivingTuesday online giving increased around 50% percent from the previous year. Donors gave millions to nonprofit organizations online and the day stoked a national conversation…

    Henry Timms, Aaron Sherinian, Mayur Patel, Andrea Heydlauff, & Perla Ni
  • How is it that Silicon Valley, a region burgeoning with new wealth and so noteworthy for its overall philanthropic giving, is uniquely spare in providing for its own neediest causes and populations? To better understand these trends, this webinar will explore new…

    Alexa Cortes Culwell, Lisa Sobrato Sonsini, Jen Ratay, Chris Block, & Michael Lombardo
  • Collaboration is a hot topic in philanthropy and a common practice, but one form remains uncommon. Few foundations and philanthropists pool their time, expertise, and financial resources around multiyear goals beyond the reach of any one participant. When they do, their unified…

    Willa Seldon & Kristian Parker
  • To become more effective, nonprofits and foundations are turning to various sources for advice. Some look to experts, others turn to crowdsourcing. Experts and crowds can produce valuable insights, but too often nonprofits and funders ignore the constituents who matter most, the…

    Fay Twersky, Phil Buchanan, & Valerie Threlfall
  • Social media and the Internet have permanently disrupted the traditional donor-engagement process through online competitions, viral video campaigns, and mobile giving, to name a few. With each new way for organizations and donors to interact come increasingly complex entry points into the…

    Julie Dixon & Denise Keyes
  • Thanks to rapid advances in computer and communication technologies, it is possible for stakeholders in the nonprofit sector to disclose more, to know more, and to demand more through increased transparency and collaboration. In October, a group of the largest US foundations…

    Lucy Bernholz, Darin McKeever, Jake Porway, & June Wang
  • Analyzing the Gates Foundation’s impact on global social change.

    Ed Skloot, Megan Tompkins-Stange, Laura Freschi, and Bruce Sievers