3 Tips for Measuring the Success of Your Grant

As a funder, we are well-aware of how frustrating it is to measure success. The ever-present question about this very thing oftentimes yields ever-elusive responses. So how can you nail down what it means to succeed? And how can you provide tangible results? Know the nature of your project Grantees are the ones providing on-the-ground support and are the experts in both their fields and … Continue reading 3 Tips for Measuring the Success of Your Grant

3 Ways Social Media can Enhance Your Philanthropy

Last year, we shared a post on JSF’s social media strategy and how we planned to use social media to expand our communication efforts. Since then, we’ve continued utilizing social media and have found a few concrete ways that it can help us support grantees and enhance our philanthropic efforts: Share the messages of your grantees Social media is all about sharing a message, so … Continue reading 3 Ways Social Media can Enhance Your Philanthropy

3 Reasons Why Indigenous Students Merit More Philanthropic Investment

Since inception, the Johnson Scholarship Foundation has invested in the lives Indigenous Peoples. Our Founder believed they got a “raw deal” and thought it fair to give back to the communities and people who – through no fault of their own – do not have the same opportunities for success. For over 25 years, Native communities have proved themselves well worth the investment. Here’s why … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Indigenous Students Merit More Philanthropic Investment

Adding Value: 3 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Grants

We have come to think of our grants as investments, similar to those we make in the financial markets. When we invest in a new organization or idea we are, in effect, venture investors. Like our counterparts in the financial marketplace, we can usually add value by giving our grantee something in addition to money. We might provide specialized knowledge. Sometimes we connect a grantee … Continue reading Adding Value: 3 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Grants

9 Things to Know Before Applying for a Grant

Grants are the catalyst for much of the change that non-profits create and sustain. But the process of applying and receiving a grant is no small feat. After nearly 25 years in the field, the grant making process of the Johnson Scholarship Foundation has become a well-oiled machine. Having given over $100 million in grants, here are some pieces of knowledge we wish every grantee … Continue reading 9 Things to Know Before Applying for a Grant