Essentials - Exponent Philanthropy


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Essentials Greatest Hits CoverEssentials: Greatest Hits

This issue of Essentials covers important and enlightening topics—material you will return to repeatedly. In this, the capstone issue of Essentials, we highlight the articles that have proven most popular and helpful to lean funders over the years. It includes basic nuts and and bolts of philanthropy, like “Essentials for Creating Grant Guidelines,” “Is This Self-Dealing? Three Quick Questions to Ask,” and “Foundation Recordkeeping: A Quick Guide.” As well as articles that center on more advanced but equally crucial topics like “Grantmaking for Equity: Essential, Fundamental Practices,” “A Call for Catalytic Leadership in Philanthropy,” and “I Used to Be on the Other Side: Reducing the Power Dynamic in Philanthropy.”  Download the last issue of Essentials >>




Essentials: Catalytic Leadership in Philanthropy


Essentials: Transitions


Essentials: All About the Board


Essentials: Community Civic Engagement

Essentials: Paradigm Shifts


Essentials: Funder Collaboration 

Essentials: Engaging Your Board

Essentials: Building Grantee Capacity


Essentials: Managing Change

Essentials: Funder Advocacy


Essentials: Funder-Grantee Relationships

Essentials: Diverse Perspectives

Essentials: Multigenerational Philanthropy


Essentials: Telling Your Story

Essentials: Gifts of All Sizes

Essentials: Investing in Talent


Essentials: Organizational Effectiveness

Essentials: Setting Your Giving Path

Essentials: Leadership

Essentials: Minding Your Ps and Qs