Requests for proposals (RFPs) can be an effective way for funders to encourage potential partners to think through their projects in advance and to instill a healthy sense of competition among different organizations in a sector. Not all RFPs and RFP processes are created equally, however. To make sure your RFP yields strong proposals from high-quality applicants, it is important to invest the time and effort upfront to draft a clear RFP and design a thoughtful RFP process. Arabella Advisors recently created RFPs for a range of clients, and through these engagements, we have identified four top considerations and best practices that can help you use an RFP to find the right partner to achieve your goals:
The National Center for Family Philanthropy and Youth Philanthropy Connect, a program of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation, have teamed up on the release of our latest Passages Issue Brief entitled, “Igniting the Spark: Creating Effective Next Generation Boards.” This Issue Brief is being distributed this week to participants at the 2013 Youth Philanthropy Connect Conference in Disneyland, and is available now in the Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center for NCFP Friends of the Family and FP Online Subscribers. Family foundations representatives may also request a copy by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article discusses why feedback matters and how some can be reluctant to give candid feedback as their thinking "don't bite the hand that feeds you."
As more and more companies adopt corporate giving programs, it’s getting harder to stand out. Modern companies realize that corporate philanthropy is good for business and recruitment and are rushing to create competitive corporate philanthropy programs.
The climate change discussion amongst policy makers and environmentalists long has centered on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions linked to rising global temperatures. Philanthropy followed their lead, placing big bets on mitigation efforts.
Contests for innovation go back hundreds of years — many have even changed history. Learning from the best, Knight has supported a wide range of contests — from media innovation challenges to idea mining on ways to improve neighborhoods. Here’s a brief look at some contest milestones. This article presents six lessons on designing public prizes for impacts.
JJ Hanley faced a situation well known to nonprofit executives: the number of volunteers that wanted to help was outstripping the agency’s capacity to manage them. Operating with a small staff, volunteers were key to the success of JJ’s List – which connects people with disabilities with community businesses and services – and her late-night brain-storms of one weren’t getting anywhere. She had some ideas, but the challenge was new to her. Pay a consultant? Yeah, right.
In days of scarce resources and seemingly endless philanthropic choices, family foundations and funds can frequently feel overwhelmed by options and unsure where to best place their philanthropic bets. Many funders wisely choose a focus area for funding, and then proceed to investigate – or be approached by – any number of apparently worthy organizations to support within that field.
Engaged employees are three times as likely to make a recommendation for improvement at the company compared to their disengaged peers. They are also less likely to take sick days and more willing to recommend a job at the company to friends and family.
As a society, we are busy -- we run from one place to the next, from personal commitments to work and back again and we find ourselves stretched so thin that it seems impossible to fit anything else into our jam packed days. In the past, having enough time to fulfill our daily obligations was challenge enough, without adding in a volunteer commitment on top of it.