Knowledge Letter - September 2019 - Ending the Nonprofit Starvation Cycle; Fostering Student Success

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Five foundations address chronic underfunding of nonprofits
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Knowledge Letter

Strategies for Social Impact


Five Foundations Address the "Starvation Cycle"

By Jeri Eckhart-Queenan, Michael Etzel, and Julia Silverman

Presidents of five leading foundations have agreed to experiment with practices and policies to address chronic underfunding of their grantees’ indirect costs. Said one president: “We have engaged because we have a responsibility to put forward solutions. That’s a breakthrough.” (This article is part of a supplement in The Chronicle of Philanthropy's September 4, 2019 issue.)

Special Collection: Ending the Nonprofit Starvation Cycle

ending the nonprofit starvation cycleThis collection explores ending the nonprofit starvation cycle through the perspectives of several sector leaders. It also features the report Momentum for Change, which synthesizes an array of research documenting the progress made on understanding and addressing this issue.


Helping Teachers Support "Whole Learners"

By Lija Farnham and Aviva Altmann

Teachers are critical to cultivating the learning mindsets and social and emotional learning competencies critical for student success in school and beyond. Two proven approaches—fostering trusting relationships with students and creating equitable, supportive learning environments—can help. Unfortunately, school districts often don’t prepare teachers adequately to use these approaches. Equal Opportunity Schools, the BARR Center, and EL Education, however, are delivering great results and showing a path forward for school districts.


Join Bridgespan on October 14, 2019, at 3 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. PT, for a 45-minute webinar on how to get your strategic planning process off to a good start. During the webinar, you will:
  • Learn about the critical elements of a strategic plan
  • Hear about best practices that other nonprofit leaders have put into place
  • Discover pitfalls to avoid
This free webinar is sponsored by The Bridgespan Group's Leadership Accelerator programs.

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