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Virtual Skoll World Forum | Black Fox Global | Funder Candidate Research

Filed in Funder Research — April 14, 2020

In our blog we’ve pulled back the veil on our approach and methodologies through a largely ‘plug and play’ resources and Masterclasses so you can skillfully engage the funding partners your mission deserves.

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PART 1:  Funder Research | Best Practices in Uncovering Mission-Aligned Funders

First and foremost, we want to extend an enormous thank you to the Skoll Foundation and their incredible efforts in pivoting this year’s convening to a virtual forum, where a series of Black Fox Philanthropy webinars were presented. The Skoll team’s courage and creativity in such a unique global moment was rewarded by a show of #CollectiveStrength: over 100 organizations organized more than 140 ecosystem events, creating an incredibly rich and inclusive week of programming for more than 10,000 participants around the world. Black Fox Philanthropy is truly grateful for the opportunity to play a small part in such a wonderful week. 

Central to the Black Fox Philanthropy DNA is a deep desire to serve the social sector. One of the ways we fulfill this ambition is through an open-source model, regularly releasing accessible content developed through our work to this blog. 

In light of the altered landscape of philanthropy in these unprecedented times, our team worked together to amplify existing efforts to resource the sector and produced three tactical, rapid-response webinars focused upon engaging new funding sources, particularly in the era of COVID-19.  The content covered in these sessions pull back the veil on some of our most powerful services and offer powerful insights for organizations seeking new or ongoing funding. 

Without further ado, you’ll find the recording to the first webinar, Funder Research | Best Practices in Uncovering Mission-Aligned Funders HERE and the accompanying slide deck HERE. This session, led by research experts Karen Doyle Grossman and Jenni Klock Morel serves as a guide to prospect research and building a robust funding pipeline. You will learn best practices in the field and access resources to help you identify new prospective funders that will amplify your impact and help to change the world for the better. The nearly 500 registrants asked insightful questions during the session’s open Q&A, and offered tips and tricks of their own that we included in this resource, found HERE

The rich content found in this session is just a taste of the expertise our team can offer to your organization. To learn more about how our Painless Prospecting approach to uncovering and strategizing meaningful relationships with new funders, please visit our Services page and reach out to Julie Cullings at to schedule an exploration call. We are offering this rapid-action service at reduced COVID-era rates through May 31, 2020. 

Finally, for a weekly update of important news across the sector, as well as special COVID-19 editions, featuring vital resources including funding opportunities and more, please subscribe to our Black Fox Brief, now with a readership of over 3,000 NGOs and funders from around the globe.

Stay tuned for our blog recap of webinars #2, Engaging Mission-Aligned Funders | Advancement Outreach Best Practices & #3, Fundraising Roadmap | Attracting Bold & Big Bet Funding, which will be released in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned to this blog for PART 2:  Engaging Mission-Aligned Funders | Advancement Outreach Best Practices