If you're a frequent user of Foundation Directory Online Professional, hopefully you are familiar with the "Search Companies" tab. Yet companies are often forgotten as a source of funding or other resources for nonprofit organizations. The Foundation Center - San Francisco recently hosted a workshop with Joni Podolsky, author of Wired for Good: Strategic Technology Planning for Nonprofits and principal of CommunityCollage Consulting. Throughout the workshop Corporate Partnerships in a Downsized World, Podolsky discussed the many reasons why corporations give, resulting in a better understanding of how nonprofits can create stronger partnerships with corporations. A full round-up of the event can be viewed at the Philanthropy Front and Center blog.
If you want to learn more about corporate giving, check out the Foundation Center's Introduction to Corporate Giving, which is available as self-paced e-learning, a webinar, or as a free classroom training course. For a more in-depth introduction, try the day-long course Securing Corporate Partnerships. Also be sure to check out the other resources available on our website, including sample documents, podcasts, and videos.