Can Surowiecki Help Us Make Wiser Grantmaking Decisions?

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Daniel Silverman, Director of Communications, The James Irvine Foundation. Follow Daniel on Twitter: @IrvineFdn by:  Daniel Silverman The Communications Network conference got rolling this morning with a plenary speech by James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds and New Yorker columnist. I won’t attempt to summarize the speech, which summarized the book. Instead, in a convenient bit of serendipity, I’ll point you to Wikipedia, perhaps the best known example of the wisdom of crowds being greater than the wisdom of … Continue reading Can Surowiecki Help Us Make Wiser Grantmaking Decisions?

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The Search for Wisdom

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Larry Blumenthal, Web and Social Media Strategist at Open Road Advisors. Follow Larry on Twitter: @lblumenthal by:  Larry Blumenthal Earlier this year, a program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation had a proposal land on his desk to fund distribution of a documentary. The officer knew that the filmmakers produced good work because the foundation had worked with them in the past. He also knew that the documentary hit a bullseye for his program goals. What he didn’t know was … Continue reading The Search for Wisdom

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The Comm Network’s Gone Hollywood, Should Foundations?

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Adam Coyne, Vice President, Director of Public Affairs at Mathematica Policy Research.  Follow Adam on Twitter:  @adamcoyne by:  Adam Coyne How can we be gathered in Los Angeles and NOT be talking about celebrities?  Even here at the hotel, folks have spotted Magic Johnson, Cheryl Hines, and our own Eric Brown – go ahead, ask him about his acting past! (Sorry Eric, but that episode of Remington Steele is a classic). But we’re not gathered together to gawk at famous folks, … Continue reading The Comm Network’s Gone Hollywood, Should Foundations?

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I Got out of Bed for This: Leaving Home for LA

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Sylvia Burgos Toftness,Communications Lead at the Northwest Area Foundation.  Follow the Foundation on Twitter:  @NWAFound by:  Sylvia Burgos Toftness It usually happens before a trip out of town: I toss for most of the night and then awake well ahead of the alarm. Today, I emerged from the fog to windows filled with stars and my head swirling with the “to-do’s” and “don’t forgets” of last minute packing, cryptic e-mails, and scribbled notes to husband and to myself. I threw a … Continue reading I Got out of Bed for This: Leaving Home for LA

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Flying into a Paradox

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Lucas Held, Director of Communications at the Wallace Foundation.  Follow the foundation on Twitter:  @WallaceFdn by:  Lucas Held So here’s a paradox. I’m on US Airways Flight 21, flying across the continent to attend the annual Communications Network conference to better understand … yes… the emerging social media landscape. That’s right. Not an online discussion group with threaded conversations. Not a webinar where you type in questions. Not a conference call. Not Skype, nor a Wiki. But an actual meeting with … Continue reading Flying into a Paradox

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Translating the Philanthropy and Social Capital Market Sectors – a ComNet010 and SOCAP10 Cross-post

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles with the help of a blog team, which is part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad.  This is a guest post by Adin Miller, owner of Adin Miller Consulting.  Follow him on Twitter:   @adincmiller by:  Adin Miller Over the next week I’ll be attending and blogging two very different conferences: the Fall 2010 Communications Network Conference (ComNet010) and the 2010 Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP10). ComNet010, a partnership between the Communications Network and CommA, attracts an audience primarily of foundation communication personnel. SOCAP10 attracts an audience of investors, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, philanthropies, and donors. One could presume that these conferences have nothing to do … Continue reading Translating the Philanthropy and Social Capital Market Sectors – a ComNet010 and SOCAP10 Cross-post

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Blog Team Coverage of the Fall Conference for Community Foundations

Philanthropy411 recently covered the Fall Conference for Community Foundations with the help of a blog team. This is a list of all posts published for this event. You can also view the Council on Foundation’s blog team coverage on their blog Re: Philanthropy. 1. Announcing Blog Team for Community Foundations Conference By: Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President of Putnam Community Investment Consulting; Twitter: @philanthropy411 2. Anticipation by Brian Frederick, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County 3. Sleepless in Charlotte! by Diana Sieger, President of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation; Twitter: @GRCommFound 4. A Bird’s Eye View by Jillian Vukusich Director of Community Investments, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties; Twitter: @JCVukusich 5. Thoughts on Community Foundations … Continue reading Blog Team Coverage of the Fall Conference for Community Foundations

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AB 12: A Strategic Investment in California’s Future

This is a guest post by Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., CEO and President, Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Each year about 5,000 young people age out of California’s foster care system. Many of these young people emancipate to a life with no supports, a life in which during the first year of “freedom”, one in three will be arrested, one in five will experience homelessness and over half will end up on some form of public assistance. Only one percent will ever graduate from college. It does not have to be this way. California has an unprecedented opportunity to access federal funding to support the state’s most vulnerable children and youth – those exiting the foster care system. That opportunity sits … Continue reading AB 12: A Strategic Investment in California’s Future

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Announcing the Communications Network Conference Blog Team!

I’m thrilled to announce the Blog Team for the Communications Network and CommA Fall 2010 Conference in Los Angeles! We’ll be blogging from Wednesday, September 29th through Tuesday, October 5th. Our Blog Team will be part of the conference’s 2nd annual Gorilla Engagement Squad, which includes “flip cam” interviewers and Twitterers. Blog coverage will also be highlighted on the Communications Network blog. As many of you know, a Philanthrophy411 Team blogged from the Council on Foundations Fall Conference for Community Foundations in Charlotte, NC and the Council on Foundations Annual Conference in Denver earlier this year. Here is your Communication Network/Philanthropy411 Blog Team: Rebecca Arno VP, Communications, The Denver Foundation Twitter:  @tdfcommunity Larry Blumenthal Web and Social Media Strategist, Open … Continue reading Announcing the Communications Network Conference Blog Team!

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Outcome-Based Evaluation in Community Foundations

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Lisa Bottoms Program Director for Human Services and Child and Youth Development, The Cleveland Foundation By:  Lisa Bottoms I attended a session at the Fall Community Foundations conference called “Making It Count: Incorporating an Outcomes-Based Grant Approach,” given by Hal Williams, Senior Fellow at The Rensselaerville Institute.  Mr. Williams asked us funders the difference between the following words:  benchmarks, indicators, goals, objectives, outcomes, results and impact.  So many words are used differently based on the many outcome frameworks and are often used in grant reporting documents. Because of this, many non-profits approach outcome frameworks as a … Continue reading Outcome-Based Evaluation in Community Foundations

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