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.
The Center Cannot Hold

On January 23, 2017, just three days after the inauguration, President Trump gathered a group of men around his desk. Familiar faces included Mike Pence, Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller, and Steve…

Fly Little Birdie, Fly!

There are five stages that all small businesses go through regardless of what you offer. The first stage is the startup phase and requires a good, solid business idea, a smattering of initial…

Luck

Since GrantStation’s founding in 1999, I have watched organizations focused on the field of philanthropy launch, and often fail.

Those Early, Exciting (and Painful) Years

There is a challenge that all entrepreneurs have to address when starting a new business. It’s not what you are probably thinking – finding the money for a startup (…

The Cabin, Circa 1999.

It’s a cold, dark November morning, late 1980s, in Fairbanks, Alaska. I have been thinking for months, maybe years, about how I might have some slight influence on the world. It’s a big thought…

Butterfly Image

In this installment of Tracks to Success, our focus shifts from traditional and established revenue streams (grants, donor cultivation, capital campaigns, etc.) to the realm of emerging forms of…

Data Lock

As more and more nonprofit organizations adopt technology to do their work—for fundraising, project management, board communications, social media promotion, etc.—the risk of cyberattacks is…

Justin Miller, CEO/founder, Slingshot Memphis

In this GrantStation series, we’ll explore how Robin Hood inspired the founding of other poverty-fighting organizations, their impact and accountability in their cities, and how they’ve moved…

Smart Cities

Digital technology has provided society with hundreds of advances that make life easier and better for everyone. From the personal computer to the Internet to the smartphone to the Internet of…

CSR Word Map

If you are a fundraiser or need to generate revenue for your organization, you have no doubt heard a whirlwind of phrases, such as corporate social responsibility, sustainability, Triple P,…

People working together

SeaChange was founded in 2008 by Charles Harris and Robert Steel, two Goldman Sachs partners, who shared a belief that a dedicated team providing select investment banking services to the…

One of the “50-Mule Team”

How many communities can mark a watershed event as a literal turning point? For Walker County, a predominantly rural collective of 14 towns in northwest Alabama, that event was the same cluster of…