Submitted by Diane Miller on Tue, 2012-02-21 14:40
Last week’s blog cited demographic data from many of the foundations that have recently completed reconfirmation with the National Standards program. In the survey, we also asked foundations how they felt about the program, what areas could be improved, and if anything should be changed.
Submitted by Diane Miller on Tue, 2012-02-14 10:38
It is always intriguing to see data. Percentages, ratios, and numbers are finite and objective whereas most of the everyday world is just the opposite—qualitative and subjective. As of today, there are 500 community foundations in compliance with National Standards. The number of foundations in the process (who have submitted a statement of agreement or are under review) is 173 for reconfirmation and 13 for confirmation.
Submitted by Diane Miller on Fri, 2012-02-03 11:20
I was in a meeting where the participants had to pair up and answer a series of questions, and one of them was “describe your perfect workday.” I’ve been involved in the National Standards program for four years now and many aspects of the work I do constitute what I consider a perfect workday. My favorite workdays have the following components: working on a project, spending some time with my team to problem-solve and think creatively, talking with a few people from the field, and at the end of the day, feeling like I finished something and helped someone.