Tracks to Success Archives

This is a GrantStation feature article that focuses on a particular grantmaker or philanthropic trend in order to keep you apprised of the latest “top of topic” subjects within the world of grantseeking, management, and philanthropy.
Aiming for Equity in the Nonproft World

The issue of employee pay in the nonprofit world has been been written about in Forbes, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and other top level media outlets. It's no surprise that the topic is on…

The Measurable Impact of Community Engaged Work

Community engagement is seemingly everywhere these days. It's increasingly important in the corporate, political, academic, and philanthropic realms. Community, in this context, is sometimes…

The Balance of Power in Knowledge Creation
The old saying goes that knowledge is power. But before knowledge exists, its creation is power. Not long ago very few non-Asian Americans knew that Japanese Americans were imprisoned in internment…
Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Breaking the Cycle of History

A 2019 Pew survey revealed that nearly 80% of U.S. adults are concerned about how companies use their digital data. The pervasive user agreements that underpin data mining, and which indemnify…

International Remittances and the Nonprofit Sector

When workers abroad send part of their earnings to family back in their home countries, these transfers are known as remittances. Payments of this type have been growing rapidly in recent years,…

Nonprofits in an Era of Growing Challenges

GrantStation has formed a 2021 partnership with the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) to publish six papers written by respected researchers in…

Maintaining the Self in the Digital Era

Humanity's relationship to technology has been a burning existential issue ever since the invention of machinery. The typewriter was once excoriated by social observers for replacing the human…

Madam C. J. Walker’s Generous Philanthropy

Coming from humble beginnings often prefaces the stories of highly successful people, but few rags to riches tales begin in more meager circumstances than those of Sarah Breedlove.

Grantwriting is a Contact Sport

In our ongoing quest for insights to share with our community, we interview current Members of GrantStation. Venetia Weeks has been a Member since 2005 and she talked with me about her practices…

What Is a Qualified Charitable Distribution?

Right now, Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) from IRA accounts are the fastest growing area of philanthropy. From 2017 to 2019, nonprofits saw an almost 3X growth in the number of QCD…

Ten Ways to Think Bigger

A systems lens helps us learn essential lessons. Covid-19 has provided many clear examples of effective systemic action, and stark lessons in the consequences of non-systemic thinking. Leaders…

Finding Positives in the Negative During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has in a short span of time sent our world into flux. Nobody knows what its final shape will be, but with social contact limited, events have been cancelled, spending…