10 Insights on Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy

As you know, Philanthropy411 recently covered the Council on Foundations Annual Conference in Philadelphia with the help of a blog team. I learned from my blog team mentor, Sean Stannard Stockton of Tactical Philanthropy to give the team very simple instructions:  Write a blog about any aspect of the conference. I also instructed our team that this could include any of the dozens of pre-conference meetings, trainings and even gala events that were held by foundation affinity groups. I am very intrigued that out of the 36 blogs posted by our team, 10 of them addressed the needs of emerging leaders in philanthropy.  Although I did purposefully invite younger and newer philanthropy professionals to join the team (to help ensure … Continue reading 10 Insights on Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy

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36 Terrific Blog Posts Covering the 2011 Council on Foundations Conference

The Philanthropy411 Blog Team recently covered the Council on Foundations Annual Conference, as well as some of the pre-conference affinity group events such as Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Annual Meeting and the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy National Conference. Below please find a list of and links to all posts published for this event.  The Council on Foundations also had a blog team, and you should definitely check out their blog coverage too. 1. Your Blog Team at Council on Foundations 2011 By: Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President of Putnam Community Investment Consulting 2. EPIP Provides Support and Opportunity for Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy by Rusty Stahl, Executive Director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President of Putnam Community … Continue reading 36 Terrific Blog Posts Covering the 2011 Council on Foundations Conference

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3 Lessons on Evaluation in Foundations

Philanthropy411, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Mayur Patel, Vice President of Strategy and Assessment at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. by Mayur Patel On Sunday afternoon at the conference, I had the chance to participate in a panel discussion on the intersection between strategy and evaluation. The conversations that followed with participants from private foundations, corporate philanthropy and local community foundations was fascinating. Here are three key themes that emerged: Where you sit matters: Over the past few years, new foundation titles have increasingly emerged to describe the position of individuals involved in evaluation. We now have strategic assessment officers, performance … Continue reading 3 Lessons on Evaluation in Foundations

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Leadership Under Duress

Philanthropy411, 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 My board chair and I attended a very provocative seminar for CEOs & Trustees the weekend prior to the COF conference. The session entitled—Leadership in a (Permanent) Crisis—was facilitated by Marty Linsky, a faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School and co-author of the book, Leadership on the Line. Here are some memorable nuggets that captured my attention during the workshop and highly-interactive exercises between CEOs and trustees. Both my board chair and I are feeling our frames of reference shifting. You have to stand in your … Continue reading Leadership Under Duress

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Reflections from a Millennial

Philanthropy411, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team. This is a guest post by Chanelle Gandy, Program Associate at The Funders’ Network.  by Chanelle Gandy As a newcomer to philanthropy and Council On Foundations (COF), I departed the COF annual conference in Philadelphia with a renewed sense of purpose and urgency for my work.  But what’s more, I sincerely enjoyed myself while interacting with some of the best and brightest practitioners our field has to offer. When I was employed in a different sector, I attended my share of conferences that weren’t so Millennial-friendly, as evidenced by low attendance by the “under 30” professionals, a clear lack of programming and networking receptions … Continue reading Reflections from a Millennial

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The Experiences of An Emerging Leader at National Philanthropy Conferences

Philanthropy411, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Maisha Simmons, Program Associate at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation by Maisha Simmons While attending my first Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) national conference in Philadelphia, I did not know what to expect. I figured it would be a group of eager, early career professionals trying to understand this world of philanthropy — how to find our path and make our mark. I found it to be all of that and more. I easily wove through sessions examining how to understand philanthropy, manage power dynamics, and think about creating social impact. Each session was more and more intriguing … Continue reading The Experiences of An Emerging Leader at National Philanthropy Conferences

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Law and Dis-Order

Philanthropy411, 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 The COF conference’s closing plenary on April 12th was provocatively titled: “Philanthropy on Trial: Innocent or Guilty.”  This session was sponsored by Microsoft Community Affairs and introduced by Seattle’s own Akhtar Badshah of Microsoft.  Before an audience of a thousand conference attendees a.k.a. “jurors,” the entire field of philanthropy was put on trial, charged with not fulfilling its mission of advancing the common good.  Ralph R. Smith, executive vice president of The Annie E. Casey Foundation and former chair of the COF board, served as the defense … Continue reading Law and Dis-Order

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Fabulous Plenaries at the Council on Foundations Annual Conference

Philanthropy411, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Lee Draper, President of the Draper Consulting Group. by Lee Draper Fabulous.  I attended all the plenaries at the Council on Foundations annual conference, and there was not a one that was not provocative, spirited, and engaging.  Wonderful experimentation with the format.  We loved the TED Talks-style offering of three dynamic challenges to our assumptions at the onset.  And we laughed and reflected on the powerful arguments of the mock Philanthropy on Trial that closed the conference.  In between we soared with Jim Joseph’s vision and call to the core challenges of our day, and we ran the … Continue reading Fabulous Plenaries at the Council on Foundations Annual Conference

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Bringing A Narrative Eye to Philanthropy – Part 3

Philanthropy411, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Jorge Cino, Social Media Fellow, at the Levi Strauss Foundation. by Jorge Cino Note: You can access the first part of this post here, and the second part here. Throughout the recent annual conferences of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) and the Council on Foundations (COF), I noticed that grant makers are placing striking emphasis on how to communicate our stories in new and better ways. While many leaders are still (understandably) looking for ways to measure the impact of their organization’s social media efforts (Beth Kanter discussed this in a recent Philanthropy411 post), content quality remains a … Continue reading Bringing A Narrative Eye to Philanthropy – Part 3

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Bringing A Narrative Eye to Philanthropy – Part 2

Philanthropy411, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Jorge Cino, Social Media Fellow, at the Levi Strauss Foundation. by Jorge Cino Note: You can access the first part of this post here. While in Philadelphia for the national conferences of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and the Council on Foundations, I shared the Levi Strauss Foundation’s social media strategy with other emerging colleagues. Most were surprised to know we focused our efforts on blogging and not on “viral” tools like Twitter and Facebook. I explained that, like Beth Kanter suggests in her book, “The Networked Nonprofit,” we prefer to narrow our focus on one element of social … Continue reading Bringing A Narrative Eye to Philanthropy – Part 2

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