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Foundation Operations and Management Report

The Foundation Operations and Management Report—the only resource of its kind for foundations operating with few or no staff—offers key industry benchmarks and long-term data on the evolution of lean foundations. Based on our annual survey of members, this report has insights into the grantmaking, operations, and management of foundations with few or no staff.... Read More

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Activating the S in ESG Investing

While environmental and governance factors in ESG investing are well-defined, the magnitude of social factors can leave foundations unsure of where to focus their efforts. Join us for guidance on how to address and measure social factors in your portfolio. We’ll touch on subjects such as equity and inclusion, access to quality employment, community investment... Read More

Essentials: All About the Board

Essentials is a carefully curated periodical that features top content from our blog, resources, and publications. Find advice and inspiration on a single theme written by fellow members, trusted colleagues, and our expert staff. This exclusive member benefit can help focus your giving and spark conversations with other lean funders. In this issue: Expectations of... Read More

Webinar Recording
Embracing Strategic Planning in Lean Philanthropy

Join Exponent Philanthropy for a 30-minute webinar to discuss our newest primer, Embracing Strategic Planning in Lean Philanthropy. Learn why funders engage in strategic planning, how you can develop a strategic plan of your own, and the lessons lean funders have learned from developing and implementing their own strategic plans. Read More

Advocacy Field Guide
for Lean Funders

Some of the most effective foundations engaged in policy and advocacy in the United States are small, place-based foundations. By focusing deeply, developing insight into their issue, leveraging reputation and relationships, and working with persistence, these funders are achieving extraordinary impact and a high return on their investment. Why We Designed This Guide We designed... Read More

Embracing Strategic Planning In Philanthropy

This primer introduces you to the wide world of foundation strategic planning. No two strategic plans are alike, and the process for developing and implementing strategic plans can be just as different. In this primer, you’ll discover why funders engage in strategic planning, get an overview of the strategic planning process, and hear what other... Read More