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Oklahoma Conference on Nonprofit Law & Finance - Resources

These are copies of materials from the February 26-27, 2015, Oklahoma Conference on Nonprofit Law & Finance. The two-day conference was co-presented with the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, the inaugural Oklahoma Conference on Nonprofit Law and Finance For Funders, Nonprofits and Professional Advisors.

Everything I Needed to Know...But Nobody Told Me: A Retreat For New Foundation Staff

Resources and helpful links from this year's new staff retreat are available below. The retreat was held February 8 - 10, 2015 at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma. http://www.npgoodpractice.org/aggregator/sources/8 http://www.pewtrusts.org/en http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/nonprofit-philanthropy https://prezi.com/_yihrnalgmsj/demonstrating-impact-for-funders/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IGBthbd7Bc http://philanthropy.com/factfile/phil-50 http://randykmacon.com/show-me-the-charitable-money/ http://randykmacon.com/volunteering-in-the-u-s/ http://npengage...
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Advocacy in the New World of Policy Influence

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02/2015
Authored by Shelley Whelpton and Andrew Schulz, Arabella Advisors The rules of policy influence have changed, and the philanthropic sector needs to adapt accordingly. Last month marked the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United, which removed many restrictions on spending in political campaigns. In the wake of that ruling, high-risk, high-reward players—most notably high-net-worth individuals—were the first to test the new boundaries of money in politics. Meeting little resistance, they have pushed further than ever before. As more resources pour in, foundations...
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2015 Grantor - Grantee Dialogue: Boards for a New Era

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01/2015
This is a copy of the presentation from the Grantor - Grantee Dialogue recently held in Houston and co-sponsored with United Way of Greater Houston. Program Overview: Executives and board leaders have long understood that nonprofit governing boards come in many varieties and shapes, and that there is no single design that works for all nonprofits. And yet, we’re often told that there is some single best way to organize and operate our board, and that there are best practices that will guarantee board effectiveness. This interactive program presents an opportunity to learn from recent research...

Processes and Practices Around Meaningful Measurement: A Case Study

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01/2015
by Lisa Trahan, Director of Communications, St. David's Foundation, Austin, Texas How do you know if the funds you are investing are actually making a difference in the lives of those you are trying to reach? The concept of outcomes-based philanthropy provides a framework for analysis and discussion. In a 2012 article for the Stanford Innovation Review , Paul Brest, former president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation writes that “outcome-oriented” is synonymous with “result-oriented,” “strategic,” and “effective.” Attendees at the recent Nonprofit Organizations Institute sponsored by...

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