Blog Team Coverage of the Council on Foundations Conference

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, recently covered the 2010 Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a list of all posts published for this event. Kick off of Council on Foundations Blog Team, posted by Sterling Speirn, President and CEO, WK Kellogg Foundation Thoughts from the Pre-Conference Institute for Trustees & CEOs: “Insights for Philanthropic Leadership,” posted by Richard Woo, CEO, Russell Family Foundation A Lesson on Managing Risk, posted by Raymond Colmenar, Senior Program Officer, The California Endowment The New Meditation, posted by Richard Woo, CEO, Russell Family Foundation Nits Make Lice, posted by Mike Roberts, President, First Nations Development Institute Walking Around Philanthropy, posted by Mary … Continue reading Blog Team Coverage of the Council on Foundations Conference

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10 Common Pitfalls of Building an Initiative – And How To Avoid Them

Last week I posted 10 key attributes of grantmaking initiatives. If you’ve ever designed or managed an initiative, you already know it’s a complex process that can challenge even the most seasoned grantmaker, but well worth the investment of time and resources. At my consulting firm, Putnam Community Investment Consulting, Inc., we have helped clients design, manage and evaluate more than 15 initiatives (you’ll find some examples at the end of this post). In the process of developing those initiatives, we’ve noticed that funders frequently fall prey to one or more of 10 common pitfalls. Here is my “top 10” list of those pitfalls, and recommendations for how to avoid them as you plan for future initiatives. 1.  Anticipate ongoing … Continue reading 10 Common Pitfalls of Building an Initiative – And How To Avoid Them

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