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Foundation Center - E-Updates for Grantmakers

February 25, 2014

In This Issue

Funder's Forum: Rauch Foundation

Funder's Forum The Rauch Foundation, a family foundation based in Long Island, NY, invests in smart and bold ideas and in organizations that spark and sustain systemic change in its communities. The foundation focuses on children and families, the environment, and regional leadership. It takes a comprehensive approach to problem solving, and its activities extend beyond traditional grantmaking to include significant research and communications efforts. The Foundation Center asked Nancy Rauch Douzinas, its president:


Question What strategies have the Rauch Foundation found helpful in pursuing its program areas, and what factors stand out for you in effecting sustainable change?

— Find out the answer

Why Transparency?

Opening Up: Demystifying Funder Transparency is our new GrantCraft guide published in collaboration with Glasspockets. It provides practical advice for funders to publicly share various aspects of their operations, work, and knowledge and presents real-world case studies that demonstrate the value of foundation transparency. The guide is complemented by online components, including podcasts that highlight exceptional funder wisdom from around the globe and a new video that makes the case for foundations to be transparent.

Free Webinar on March 20 at 2:00 pm ET

Join us to discuss key ideas from the guide and to hear Mary Gregory, executive director, Bella Vista Foundation, discuss how to determine what level of transparency is appropriate for family foundations and other funders with limited staff capacity.

Download Opening Up: Demystifying Funder
Listen to the podcasts
Watch the video
Register for the Webinar

New Staff Leading Technology, Outreach, and International Data Strategies

The Foundation Center’s new talent aligns with our “Foundation Center 2020” plan, which calls for connecting social sector organizations to the resources they need to thrive, building the global data platform for philanthropy, and ensuring robust technology is in place to support these services.

Tushar Deshpande, our new vice president for data and technology strategy, is responsible for charting and implementing the Center’s capacity to develop data-driven knowledge solutions for philanthropic foundations, nonprofits, and social sector organizations. He leads a team responsible for the implementation of enterprise-level projects related to database technologies and enterprise resource planning.

Zohra Zori, our new vice president for social sector outreach, is responsible for designing and implementing strategies to connect social sector organizations to funding and knowledge resources. She oversees the Center’s five regional offices, its Funding Information Network, and educational and online advisory services.

Angela Hariche serves as the Center’s director of international data relations and is responsible for increasing the Center’s data on international foundations through the cultivation of new and existing partnerships.

Recent Foundation Center Publications


Opening Up: Demystifying Funder Transparency


Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2014


Harnessing Collaborative Technologies: Helping Funders Work Together Better


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