Foundation Center is the leading source of philanthropic data worldwide and dedicated to advancing knowledge about philanthropy. Today, we are pleased to share the relaunch of our popular online learning platform — GrantSpace.org — with the BoardSource community. Through GrantSpace, Foundation Center provides self-service knowledge tools, live and on-demand trainings, and networking events focused primarily on fundraising, proposal writing, and management to more than 2 million social sector leaders annually. All are designed to help you be more effective in your work.
The relaunched site features a nationwide calendar of events offering in-person programs, interactive eLearning courses, and live and recorded webinars. Foundation Center also has a team of content experts who can customize a training for your organization on demand. From big-picture overviews to hands-on activities that let you apply what you just learned, we deliver training in the format and at the skill level that works best for your team. Our 400-plus partners across the globe also offer courses from our catalogue that focus primarily on topics related to fundraising planning and nonprofit management.
A highlight of GrantSpace is Collaboration Hub, the result of a long-standing partnership between Foundation Center and The Lodestar Foundation. The Hub is an important tool supporting knowledge exchange and capacity-building efforts around nonprofit collaboration. It’s the home to in-depth resources related to collaboration in the social sector, including the Nonprofit Collaboration Database, a comprehensive, searchable collection of 650-plus profiles on four types of collaborations: back-office consolidation, joint programming, mergers, and alliances. These profiles are vetted collaboration stories that were submitted for the Collaboration Prize, and each profile provides information about the collaboration’s participants, methods, successes, challenges, and lessons learned. They surface best practices and offer lessons learned. The Lodestar Foundation’s investment in this work for the sector helps to bring awareness around the topic of collaboration to the broader social sector audiences, resulting in deeper understanding of constructive/positive collaborations.
We’re excited about taking this next step with the relaunch of our site and encourage you to visit Grantspace.org today to check out the Collaboration Hub, our trainings both online and in-person, or find a Foundation Center location in your own zip code where you can test-drive Foundation Directory Online, our premier fundraising database.
The relaunch of GrantSpace was funded by our generous partners at the Fidelity Charitable Trustees’ Initiative.
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