In Search of the Mind-Blowing Conference Model

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a post by Philanthropy411’s very own Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President of Putnam Community Investment Consulting. By:  Kris Putnam-Walkerly In his post Blowing Up the Conference Model, Sean Stannard-Stockton suggests a significant re-thinking of the traditional conference. I don’t disagree, although I am left wondering what it could look like. I learned a great deal at the Council on Foundations conference (including from this Blog Team coverage) and met many interesting people I am excited to follow up with. But it can always be better. Maybe I’m suffering from sleep-deprivation after returning from a … Continue reading In Search of the Mind-Blowing Conference Model

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Racial Justice is Everybody’s Issue

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team. This is a guest post by Rosetta Thurman, President of Thurman Consulting. By: Rosetta Thurman With a group of 100 young grantmakers concerned about social justice, it’s no surprise that the word “love” would come up more than once. Daniel Lee from the Levi Strauss Foundation opens his remarks at the lunch plenary at the EPIP National Conference with a compelling quote: “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power … Continue reading Racial Justice is Everybody’s Issue

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Respect & Resolve

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team. This is a guest post by Richard Woo, CEO of the Russell Family Foundation. By: Richard Woo I’m writing about the second day of the community site visit in rural Colorado organized by Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) and Asian American & Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP).  In my earlier blog post I admitted to a sense of anticipation as the time approached to visit Amache, where 10,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned during World War II, and Sand Creek, where Cheyenne and Arapaho villagers were massacred in 1864 by the Colorado militia.  It’s hard … Continue reading Respect & Resolve

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5 + 3 Ain’t Small Change

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Colin Lacon, President and CEO, Northern California Grantmakers. By:  Colin Lacon On Saturday, ABFE hosted the James A. Joseph Lecture and Awards Ceremony. It honors an individual whose contributions as a visionary philanthropic leader helps to advances progressive philanthropic ideals, strengthen grantmaking institutions, and build vital black communities.  The very person who the lecture is named after, his life and his commitment to philanthropy are examples of such leadership. This year the award recipient and lecturer was Ms. Crystal Hayling, the recently former CEO of the BlueShield Foundation … Continue reading 5 + 3 Ain’t Small Change

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Social Justice: Bringing it Home

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Henry A. J. Ramos, Principal at Mauer Kunst Consulting and Lead Consultant for the  Diversity in Philanthropy Project. By:  Henry A. J. Ramos On the final morning of the Council on Foundations conference, I attended the Social Justice track’s concluding session, entitled: “Bringing it Home” – an engagement designed to advance agreement on how funders can better work together on the issues and more effectively achieve broadly beneficial impacts. This one could have gone south quickly in any number of directions, from becoming an immediate snoozer to a … Continue reading Social Justice: Bringing it Home

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Becoming Masters of the Brand of Ourselves

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Mary Galeti, Vice Chair of the Tecovas Foundation. By:  Mary Galeti The last session I sat in on, “NextGen: What else do I Need for the Journey? Skills for Leaders Aiming for the Top”, the always brilliant Trista Harris made the following observation: “We’ve had to become masters of the brand of ourselves”. I immediately nodded in agreement to the comment, but as I sat with it for a bit longer, I started to become a bit uneasy.  She’s right–especially as young people, the first place we go … Continue reading Becoming Masters of the Brand of Ourselves

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Myth Busting

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Rebecca Arno, Vice President of Communications at the Denver Foundation. by:  Rebecca Arno As a white woman, I’m not expected to talk about race.  My colleagues of color don’t go through a day without thinking about it – and I have to say that this is increasingly the case for me.  Dramatic disparities persist in our society for people of color, in terms of education, economic stability, health, and social justice…and a fabulous session on the last day of the conference addressed these issues with power. Called “The … Continue reading Myth Busting

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Sitting at the Intersection: Affinity

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Colin Lacon, President and CEO, Northern California Grantmakers. By:  Colin Lacon Each year during the Preconference sessions of the Council Annual meeting, several affinity groups gather and hold sessions that range from issues that reflect what has brought them together to challenges facing philanthropy viewed from the lens of the communities they represent and work on behalf of. Groups organizing these sessions include; the Association for Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), Asian-Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), and Native Americans in Philanthropy.  To many attendees of … Continue reading Sitting at the Intersection: Affinity

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What’s Next for Diversity in Philanthropy?

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Henry A. J. Ramos, Principal at Mauer Kunst Consulting and Lead Consultant for the  Diversity in Philanthropy Project. By:  Henry A. J. Ramos This year’s Council on Foundations (COF) Annual Conference concluded with an important off-line breakfast gathering of nearly 40 leading foundation CEOs, trustees and philanthropy network executives. The group met to build on recent field-wide efforts to advance diversity in the independent sector. Since 2007, many of these leaders have voluntarily assembled in allied discussions under the Diversity in Philanthropy Project (DPP) banner — an effort, … Continue reading What’s Next for Diversity in Philanthropy?

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A Foundation’s Freedom – And its Responsibility

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Kristin Ivie, Program Manager of Social Innovation at the Case Foundation. By:  Kristin Ivie One recurring theme I kept hearing in different contexts and from different types of people at CoF is the freedom that comes with being in philanthropy. In the closing plenary, Geoffrey Canada from Harlem Children’s Zone remarked that his experience in championing education reform taught him that foundations belong to a very small group of people who have the luxury of being able to go out on a limb to support an innovative – … Continue reading A Foundation’s Freedom – And its Responsibility

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