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Philanthropy is dynamic, and all of us at PFS value information that helps to simplify, facilitate, and amplify giving. Our team regularly weighs in with updates, perspectives, and ideas to support meaningful, inclusive, and effective philanthropy.

COVID-19: Philanthropy Called to Action

COVID-19: Philanthropy Called to Action

In solidarity with the global philanthropic community, Pacific Foundation Services client foundations are mobilizing to support ... Read More

Apply Now to Attend the Funders Policy Institute

Apply Now to Attend the Funders Policy Institute

Learning & Networking Opportunity: Apply Now to Attend the Funders Policy Institute on May 5-8, 2020 in Sacramento.

Criminal Justice Reform: Meeting the Moment for Positive Change

Criminal Justice Reform: Meeting the Moment for Positive Change

Criminal justice reform. It is an issue that unites public figures as disparate as Alicia Garza of Black Lives Matter, Jared Kushner, ... Read More

Starting Down the Road to Impact Investing

Starting Down the Road to Impact Investing

Historically, private foundations have focused on principal capital preservation while distributing their 5% payout for social good.

10 Questions for Frank Buenrostro

10 Questions for Frank Buenrostro

10 Questions for Frank Buenrostro, Senior Accountant at Pacific Foundation Services.

Learning Together at the PFS Community Gathering

Learning Together at the PFS Community Gathering

On November 14, we were thrilled to host the first annual Pacific Foundation Services community gathering, marking the season with a ... Read More

Transitions in Philanthropy: Passing the Baton to the Next Generation

Transitions in Philanthropy: Passing the Baton to the Next Generation

Among the more than 30 private foundations that partner with Pacific Foundation Services on their philanthropy, many are start-up, ... Read More

Funding Solutions to the U.S. Maternal Health Crisis

Funding Solutions to the U.S. Maternal Health Crisis

The health of women in the United States during pregnancy and after giving birth is a priority that should concern all Americans.

10 Questions for Fiona Smith

10 Questions for Fiona Smith

10 Questions for Fiona Smith: Vice President of Administration at Pacific Foundation Services.

Clarifying Nonprofit Accounting Standards

Clarifying Nonprofit Accounting Standards

In June 2018, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued an update for nonprofit enterprises clarifying accounting ... Read More

What is Grassroots Grantmaking, and What Makes it Unique?

What is Grassroots Grantmaking, and What Makes it Unique?

The term “grassroots” is said a lot in philanthropy, but when we use it to describe certain nonprofit organizations, what does it ... Read More

The 5% Rule Explained

The 5% Rule Explained

If you’re involved in any way with a private foundation, you will no doubt be familiar with the “5% payout rule.” As advocates for ... Read More

College Access: Addressing the Real College Admissions Scandal

College Access: Addressing the Real College Admissions Scandal

The American dream is fueled by a collective faith in merit-based opportunity and graduating from college is an essential ingredient ... Read More

10 Questions for Judi Powell

10 Questions for Judi Powell

10 Questions for Judi Powell: The Head of Programmatic Services at PFS Shares Insights on Philanthropy, Education, and Her Top Netflix ... Read More

Learning Together: PFS Foundations Lead Community Convening for North San Mateo County

Learning Together: PFS Foundations Lead Community Convening for North San Mateo County

The Bay Area’s global reputation for innovation, natural beauty, and a high quality of living can make it easy to underestimate the ... Read More

PFS Client Foundations Rally Support After North Bay Fires

PFS Client Foundations Rally Support After North Bay Fires

The fires in the North Bay began on the evening of Sunday, October 8. By the middle of that following week, our team of program ... Read More

A Dashboard for Foundation Information at Your Fingertips

A Dashboard for Foundation Information at Your Fingertips

A number of PFS client foundations have given permission for staff to send information to the Foundation Center, and that is great! ... Read More

The Giving Code: Silicon Valley Nonprofits & Philanthropy

The Giving Code: Silicon Valley Nonprofits & Philanthropy

An interesting new report called The Giving Code: Silicon Valley Nonprofits and Philanthropy, written by Alexa Cortés Culwell and ... Read More

Site Visits: A Guide for Nonprofits

Site Visits: A Guide for Nonprofits

Our last blog post looked at site visits, in particular how foundations can help make them more productive. In this post, we return to ... Read More

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