Candid: The Foundation Center/GuideStar Merger’s Noteworthy Process – Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

A very good hot take of the recently announced merger of two large nonprofits, and the investment and patience of the funder community in ensuring the time was right for the combination.

They agreed to each build on their complementary capacities, meanwhile providing them to one another so they could grow to the scale a combined entity would need. Thus, the two organizations have developed purposefully over years in ways that would eventually fit nicely together as one.

Source: Candid: The Foundation Center/GuideStar Merger’s Noteworthy Process – Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

⬿ The Bridge to Next Year: 7 Critical 2018 Civil Society Trends from NPQ – Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

A good recap of the big trends for civil society, nonprofits, and philanthropy in 2018 going into 2019.

Social trends do not observe calendars, of course, but as NPQ looks back over some of the powerful trends rocking this country and its nonprofits and philanthropic sector this year, we see 7 trends that are actively continuing to develop These trends, therefore, can and should be seen as opportunities for breakthroughs and NPQ will be here right by your side while we seize the day.

Source: The Bridge to Next Year: 7 Critical 2018 Civil Society Trends from NPQ – Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

“OpenNotes” for Funders: A Radical Idea for More Transparency and Better Relationships

Bookmarked “OpenNotes” for Funders: A Radical Idea for More Transparency and Better Relationships by an author (Open Notes)
posted first in the Center for Effective Philanthropy Blog on February 27th 2018 Transparency — being open, honest, and clear — is a key driver of strong relationships between funders and grantees. It’s valued by foundation and grantee CEOs alike, and grantees think foundations are doing a decent job of being transparent (though more so in sharing about their processes than their learning).