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How to Help Orlando

Many are wondering what they can do in response to the mass shooting in Orlando on June 12. Here are two ways to offer your philanthropic support. To help victims and their families directly you can donate to the OneOrlando fund. To support nonprofits that are assisting the victims, you can contribute to the Better Together Fund at the Central Florida Foundation....

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Nonprofit Disaster Readiness

Will We Be Ready? Napa County, August 2014.  A 6.0 earthquake. 15 seconds of shaking. When the rumbling stopped, one person was dead, 200 were injured and Napa County was a broken community with no way of knowing the frustrations in store for recovery. The community had suffered ruptured water mains, a buckled bridge, power loss, and more than 2,000 damaged...

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4 Themes for Fundraising Success

What if long-term success in fundraising is less about tools and techniques and more about culture and systems, those day-to-day habits and practices throughout a nonprofit organization? Kim Klein and Jeanne Bell, authors of the 2016 research report, Fundraising Bright Spots, gleaned lessons from a diverse sample of nonprofit organizations who have been successful at a time when high levels...

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Thriving Communities by Julie Packard

When We Work Together, Our Communities Thrive Throughout my life I have been driven by the values of my parents who instilled in us a deep commitment to our local community. Through my own work and as a trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, I have been fortunate to see the positive change that happens when people work...

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Turning Your Ideas into Learning Opportunities

Earlier in the year, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence asked for your ideas through a survey and an in-person focus group.  We got great ideas, including some that are very different than what we’ve done in the past. While we received many suggestions, some trends include: Looking for other ways to support nonprofits, beyond workshops. (See our new program for...

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Education – the Pathway to Success for Women & Girls

The Challenge Women in Monterey County are sorely lacking in high school diplomas, and more. Surina Khan, CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California reported in her keynote speech at the Community Foundation for Monterey’s Women’s Fund Lunch May 5 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. “Monterey County has a devastatingly low high school graduation rate – 27 percent of women do...

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President’s Blog – Politics & Philanthropy

It’s been the craziest primary season anyone can remember. Candidates vying to become POTUS while a scrum continues over a nomination to SCOTUS. Angry.  Disenfranchised. Establishment. We endure these words on a daily basis. It dominates the air waves, family discussions, book clubs, golf talk, water coolers, you name it. Generosity – the Common Denominator Somehow, philanthropy maintains its calming place in the eye of...

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