A Capital start to the month
Good news was off-and-running early this month, when Hayven received our second grant award from The Capital Group Companies’ Charitable Giving Foundation.
“Unexpectedly, Christine Mantel (our Phoenix-based director) was invited by Alyson Sattler’s team to apply for a second corporate grant less than a year after we received our first award check in January 2014,” says Carole Schabow, CEO and editor-in-chief. “We’re humbled and gratified by Capital’s above-and-beyond commitment to Project Infrastructure and our goal to ease cancer journeys by building Web 2.0 services and support that leverage peer-to-peer information sharing — in our case, the collective wisdom of survivor-to-survivor and caregiver-to-caregiver experience and insights. Considering this Foundation’s unheralded yet substantial support of established stellar organizations such as OxFam, the Red Cross, and dozens of others through the decades, we’re extremely conscious of the trust this bespeaks for a 501(c)3b still in its start-up arc.”
What it makes possible
Christine was interviewed in September by a committee that makes contributions decisions for the investment giant best known for managing the American Funds family of mutual funds. “This grant from Capital will enable us to accept donations online, a crucial enhancement to make giving easier for our donors,” she explains. “The grant money is also earmarked to purchase online services so we can procure a donor database and launch an eNews feature.”
The influence of influencer Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
Coincident to the arrival of the Capital grant award, Carole and a Phoenix-based intern recruited by Christine began a MOOC online course offered by Stanford University that’s taught by philanthropy powerhouse Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, author of Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World. During one of her lectures about the ideal relationship of trust between philanthropists and recipient nonprofits, Laura underscores the tremendous value to Hayven of this ongoing recognition by CGC’s prestigious Charitable Giving Foundation.
In the video clip below, Laura (@LAAF) advises donors to “Trust in [the nonprofit’s] expertise. If a major foundation has provided consistent funding over multiple years, then you’re going to be able to trust that these investments have strong results or the foundation would not continue to fund them.” Laura further coaches donors: “Allow [the nonprofit] to help shape — if not shape entirely — how your gift is utilized whenever it is possible. If they’re worth investing in, aren’t they worthy of your trust?”
Another solid Foundation
While on the topic of philanthropic training, we would be remiss if we failed to give credit to another source of invaluable education that Hayven directors Carole and Lori Donovan — plus Advisory Board members Julie Ingoglia and Katafa Hall-Reed as well as grant writer Chris Deardurff — have all been receiving from classes and events this past year courtesy of the Washington DC branch of The Foundation Center on K Street NW.
“Executive director Pat Pasqual is so generous about sharing her in-depth knowledge in class and out about both sides of the giving coin — the foundations and the nonprofits. Her poise, calm, and levity are particularly reassuring to new or overwhelmed students of philanthropy and giving,” observes Carole. “One of my favorite Pat-isms is her pithy comparison of fundraising to charm school: ‘Be sure to write thank you’s!,’ she emphasizes. “And you have to say thank you seven times!’ ”
Chris Deardurff has similar praise for trainer Kim Patton and head librarian Janice Rosenberg for their training and support in using the FC’s invaluable Foundation Directory Online, “the single best resource for researching grantmakers.” According to Chris, “Kim makes sure everyone is laughing and participating, and Janice packs an incredible amount of incisive info into her lab classes that you only appreciate fully once you start using the database.”
The Foundation Center also provides online training and webinars at
GrantSpace.org, most for free. “We highly recommend all of the Foundation Center’s resources and will continue to rely on their library, database, and classes throughout 2015 as we accelerate our grant writing,” says Lori.