Investment returns at private foundations continued their strong gains last year, rising to an average of 15.6 percent according to a new study by the Commonfund Institute and the Council on Foundations (CoF).
Mistakes or misdeeds by volunteers can reflect badly on a nonprofit or, worse, make it vulnerable to legal action. The volunteer can even face personal liability. The fact that volunteers are not paid does not protect an organization from liability any more than the fact that the nonprofit’s mission is a philanthropic one.
Women owned 10.1 million businesses that employed 13 million people and did $1.9 trillion worth of sales a year in 2008, the last available data. Women control about 83 percent of family spending and more than 50 percent of family wealth.
Developing a competitive federal grant proposal is not simple. Typical corporate and foundation requests range from two to ten pages and provide a birds-eye view of the program. By contrast, federal proposals range from 25 to 100 pages or more, and require meticulous descriptions of the program’s research base, plans, and management structure.