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Things You Should Know About Copyright

Take a minute to think about all the places your nonprofit uses photographs – your website, the blog, social media, brochures, etc. The list could go on and on. Here’s a question to ponder: Are any of those pictures infringing someone else’s copyright? 

3 Ways Grassroots Social Justice Organizations Can Play the Grants Game

Unfortunately, grant opportunities for grassroots community building and advocacy projects remain limited. Many foundations underestimate their legal latitude to fund nonpartisan advocacy and civic engagement, and most opt to fund projects that result in concrete short-term outcomes as opposed to the perceived ambiguity of long-term social change. Where, then, does that leave the grassroots social justice sector when it comes to getting grants?

Find a Fiscal Sponsor that Fits

You’ve got a brilliant idea for a nonprofit. You’ve done your research, gathered your team, and even have a lead on some funding. Finding a fiscal sponsor may be a way to get your organization up and running! Learn more about fiscal sponsorship and important questions to consider before you partner.

5 Factors that Make Collaborations Work

Here are five essentials to making collaboration work, based on the actual experiences of social sector leaders, who graciously shared their insights at a May 19 meetup and happy hour devoted to partnerships at Foundation Center West.

Visit Our Excellence in Innovation Award Winners

Looking for help with your nonprofit project or social enterprise idea? You might find innovative, expert assistance in your own neighborhood at our 450+ Funding Information Network (FIN) locations. Check out these three FIN superstars who received Foundation Center’s inaugural Excellence in Innovation award.

Foundation Transparency: Game Over?

Over time, the IRS will phase in a mandatory digital filing requirement for all Forms 990, and the intent is to release them all as open data. In other words, that which is born digital will be opened up to the public. The big takeaway is to know your 990-PF (or 990 for community foundations) because it may soon become one of your foundation's key communications vehicles.

"Know Thyself" Before Collaborating

Before successful partnerships can be established, an organization must first "Know Thyself." We have rounded up some articles that will help you know your organization better, find examples, and communicate your successful partnerships well.

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