Funder Partnership—or Wannabe?

Funders are used to hearing different versions of the meaning of “partnership” from nonprofits wanting to work with them (aka receive funding). All too often the proposed “partnership” involves the funder supporting the initiatives or priorities the applicant brings forward with minimal input from the funder. On the other hand, the applicant sees that the funder 1) has “a lot of money” and 2) supports [insert general category the nonprofit works in]. Therefore the funder is fair game to “partner.”

I’ve been on the receiving end of these requests. When, however, I asked, “So you’re applying to receive x dollars ... where is the partnership portion for the foundation?” I frequently didn’t get an answer.

CrowdRise Joins GoFundMe

We recently heard some great news from our partners at CrowdRise—they merged with GoFundMe! GuideStar is proud to partner with CrowdRise (and more than 200 other platforms) to provide the nonprofit data that fuels intelligent giving all across the sector. This merger means that more people will have better information to make better giving decisions, something that is vital to our mission.

Why and How Do Nonprofits Work Together?

Nonprofit collaborations are at an all-time high.
Recent surveys conducted by the Bridgespan Group and the Patterson Foundation reveal that 91 percent of nonprofits engage in some form of collaboration. In turn — and contributing to some of the confusion around collaboration — a number of terms have emerged that attempt to capture these complex relationships: from formal partnerships and mergers to collective impact efforts, there are more than a few ways to approach collaboration.

Partner Down

It seems collaboration is one of the most-discussed words in the field of philanthropy these days, right up there with transparency and administrative cost control.

But is forming a collaborative partnership for everyone? Even though I am a strong proponent of building collaborative efforts, I would argue that it is not.

“BRIDGE” to Somewhere: Progress to Date

Technical development of the first Basic Registry of Identified Global Entities (BRIDGE) release is currently about a half-way to completion. If you have been following the project you will know that BRIDGE aims to revolutionize data interoperability in the global social sector by uniquely identifying all the world’s NGOs in one database. Read on to find out what’s new.