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Principles for Philanthropy: Introductory Presentation

October 2021
MCF offers this PowerPoint deck as a tool for educating your colleagues, staff, board or community members about the Principles for Philanthropy. Ideas for using this PowerPoint deck: Use the whole deck to introduce all of the principles at a staff or board meeting. Focus on one slide – one of the 8 principles – for 15 minutes at the start of a meeting. Use the questions at the end of the deck to engage your team in discussing one principle – or the entire set of principles: What principles / concepts resonate most with your foundation? What principles / concepts do you think will feel...

Writing a Successful Grant Proposal

This outline should meet the needs of most funders, or guide you when approaching a funder with no written guidelines. The outline is for a project proposal, and is most appropriate for a project that is trying to correct a problem, such as water pollution, school truancy or ignorance about how HIV/AIDS is transmitted. The grant proposal as a whole, not including supplementary materials, should usually be five pages or less.
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What Every Grantmaker Should Know & Legal FAQs

This resource from MCF contains: Foreword Letter to Colleagues and Friends Principles for Grantmakers What Every Grantmaker Should Know Board Fiduciary Duties Private Foundation Self-Dealing Excess Benefit Transactions Board Compensation Staff Compensation Conflicts of Interest Reporting and Disclosure Investments Grantmaking Public Policy Engagement Frequently Asked Legal Questions Lobbying Endowment Funds Community Foundations Private Foundation Self-Dealing Board Fiduciary Duties Investments Private Foundations vs. Public Charities 5%...
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