Small Is Big
Small foundations leverage their resources for a range of outcomes—from better mental health for veterans, to better access to nursing services in Native American communities, to higher incomes for coffee growers in Central America.
A sole staffer connects with peers also working toward greater impact.
One young grantmaker steps up for both grantseekers and his peers.
How one individual’s passion for helping others led her to foundation work.
How one family foundation can make a difference.
A shift from short-term grants to long-term investment in capacity building
A lifelong passion in philanthropy spurs creative grantmaking
A foundation’s passion for family inclusion
A family foundation intends to keep the harmony going for multiple generations
Lessons learned in becoming a leader for social justice
ASF member promotes collaboration among local nonprofits
A member donor gives back to Austin, Texas
Words from many small foundation leaders
A funder finds impact in scarcity
A project that explores our interconnectedness with one another
A foundation collaborates for impact after hurricane Katrina
A foundation’s name change generates charitable giving
ASF members share tips on involving the next generation(s) in philanthropy
Big vision creates an opportunity to support a mobile medical unit
A now-sunset foundation takes a look at their values and impact.
A Colorado-based member shares her thoughts on the importance of nonprofit lead
View a video of a member’s giving circle trip to Kenya.
A family foundation’s reflections on their youth giving program.
A foundation’s intentionally broad mission to help children and families.
Inviting non-family members to a family foundation board.
A key part of a foundation’s checks and balances.
The Kinsman Foundation’s flexible process for inviting proposals.
Encouraging grantseekers to call before sending a proposal.
Streamlining the grant application process with a website.
A foundation realizes the value of an Investment Policy Statement.
Using and online grant review/rating system.
Encouraging young family members to participate in philanthropy.
Young trustees give discretionary grants in their own communities.
Using 12-preceding-quarter method of asset valuation
An efficient way to keep grantseekers up-to-date
Two members share examples.
Three examples of member-supported collaboratives.
Stories from two ASF members.
A foundation adds microenterprise to its grantmaking strategy.
Three ASF members share examples.
Two members share stories.
A family foundation celebrates its grantmaking impact.
Donor Finds Ideas, Mentors Through ASF.
Nearing 90, builder and university benefactor Zilber loves the art of the deal
“The foundation has given me the perspective that doing good can really be a lifestyle and not just a one or two time event. I think that once you catch the bug of doing good for the world, it doesn't just stop with philanthropy. It molds the way you set out to do business or even thr people you let into your life.”
—Molly Purnell, WHHH Foundation