Bradford K. Smith's Foundation Center supports citizen sector organizations of all sizes by maintaining the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants around the world. As the president of the the United States' leading authority on organized philanthropy, Smith knows the challenges that non-profit organizations face to find resources to maintain their programs, expand their reach, and prove their value to potential donors.
Listen to this podcast, where Smith answers questions from the Changemakers community on a range of philanthropic and nonprofit topics, including the role of evaluation, traditional direct mail marketing, online fundraising, business models for nonprofits, and trends in foundation giving.
The Foundation Center also issues a wide variety of print, electronic, and online information resources; conducts and publishes research on trends in foundation growth, giving, and practice; and offers an array of free and affordable educational programs.
Smith has devoted his entire career to the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Prior to joining the Foundation Center, he served as president of the Geneva-based Oak Foundation, a major Swiss family foundation with activities in 41 countries.
As a member of the Ford Foundation, Smith not only managed programs out of its Brazil office, but also led the Ford 's Peace and Social Justice Program, the foundation's largest program area. During his ten-year tenure as Ford’s vice president, the program provided hundreds of millions of dollars to organizations working on issues of human rights, international cooperation, governance, and civil society in the U.S. and around the world.
The podcast series is part of the Revelation to Action: Your Place. Your Idea. Your Change
competition, sponsored by Ashoka Changemakers and Green Mountain Coffee, that also included an interview with Charles Best, the founder of DonorsChoose.org, a
unique tool to encourage online giving and improve public education by empowering every teacher to be a changemaker and enabling any citizen to be a philanthropist.
The Revelation to Action: Your Place. Your Idea. Your Change
competition was desinged to find and help fund the most innovative ideas and organizations that strengthen and improve communities in Maine, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut or Massachusetts.
The competition received 358 total entries, and on June 9, fifteen finalists were announced by an expert panel of judges.
Three competition winners, and seven state winners that represent the best entries from each of the seven eligible Northeastern states, will be announced on July 14 at "Revelation to Action Celebration Event" in Boston.