Posts in 'Nonprofit Capacity-Building'

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By Russell Johnson, President & CEO Several years ago, I served as board chair on a nonprofit organization that suddenly lost a major contract with our primary funder. Faced with a significant revenue loss supporting the overhead expenses of a large staff and facility, we had to make swift and...
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By Russell Johnson, President and CEO The Covid-19 pandemic caught the world by surprise. While epidemiologists created scenarios of how a pandemic might impact local communities, the reality of its length is just starting to sink in. Many of us are sheltering in place and practicing social...
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Chester County Food Bank manages raised bed gardens at Springton Manor Farm in Glenmoore, where volunteers help grow food specifically for the organization's constituents. Courtesy photo used in article. As we’ve explored this month, poverty is unexpectedly present in Philly’s suburban counties— and...
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The Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal released its 54th issue, which includes an article written by Tamela and Russ entitled, "Mending a Frayed Net: HealthSpark Foundation's Safety Net Resiliency Initiative." The article, copied below, can be found on the Social Innovation's Journal's website...
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We are pleased to welcome and introduce John Ramirez, Jr. to our foundation staff. John joined HealthSpark in mid-January as the new Controller. In this role, John will have overall responsibility for financial planning, management, oversight and reporting for HealthSpark. John comes to the...

System Leadership Capacity Building Program

Today's nonprofits require leaders who are more than managers - they need to be boundary-spanners, innovators, and collaborators to meet today's challenges. However, traditional leadership programs often neglect the unique skills necessary to position one's nonprofit for success in a systems change environment.

We commissioned Bee, Bergvall & Co. to create this toolkit to help food pantries better manage their finances and learn how to use their financial reports in planning. This updated toolkit builds upon two previous financial management toolkits – one for standalone pantries and one for faith-based...

Beyond Grants

Foundations are known for providing funding to support organizations and projects. We support other activities that can have a multiplier effect on our grants:

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Philabundance recently created two toolkits for food pantries and other organizations in the emergency food system: advocacy and volunteer management.
Jeff Olivet, senior advisor to the Center for Social Innovation shows data on the impact of homelessness on African American, Latino and white communities. Photo by Tamela Luce.
“If we can figure out how to solve homelessness for a young, black trans woman, we can solve it for everyone else.” Jeff Olivet, a nationally recognized expert in homelessness, behavioral and public health and senior advisor to the Center for Social Innovation delivered the above quote at the 6th...