Category Archives: #cof10

Why Being Next Gen is a Good Thing

This is a guest post by Jillian Vukusich, Director of Community Investments, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.  Follow Jillian on Twitter:  @JCVukusich by:  Jillian Vukusich I’ve recently returned from a two-day session with the Council on Foundation’s Next Generation Task Force. Largely a time to brainstorm about strategies for inclusion of the next generation within the Council and the philanthropic field in general, the conversation often turned to a deeper, thoughtful conversation about why. Why should it matter? Why should boards and staff be multigenerational? Why is it important to the field? Why is it important to be thoughtful about our role in giving? And how can we help? These questions I hold deeply. We all giggle … Continue reading Why Being Next Gen is a Good Thing

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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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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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Your Tools May Not Be What You Think…Get Out of Your Way!

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Jillian Vukusich, Director of Community Investments, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.  Follow Jillian on Twitter: @JCVukusich. By:  Jillian Vukusich Tuesday night I had the pleasure of visiting the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center to catch a show with my cousin. My thought was that the show, Mary Poppins,  would be a bit of an escape from loaded discussions and engaged interaction. Don’t get me wrong—this has been an incredibly energizing conference. However, I was thinking a little “spoonful of sugar” would provide some respite. Well, I was wrong, in a good way. … Continue reading Your Tools May Not Be What You Think…Get Out of Your Way!

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Philanthropy Can’t Ignore Technology

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Lynn Luckow, President & CEO of the Craigslist Foundation.  Follow his organization on Twitter – @craigslist_fndn. By:  Lynn Luckow Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do? spoke at lunch today about why philanthropy can’t ignore technology or the lessons learned from key technology organizations.  He reinforced the power of people connecting to one another and to the institutions they trust.  Q&A revealed both support and ambivalence by foundations to fully embrace new  technologies. The keynote and discussion made me even more confident that a new platform being developed by Craigslist Foundation to connect people in … Continue reading Philanthropy Can’t Ignore Technology

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Of Cars and Communities

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Nick Deychakiwsky, Program Officer at The Mott Foundation. By Nick Deychakiwsky Last night I got a macho ego boost when I compared my NASCAR race car simulator best lap time with COF staffer Will Heaton who is originally from North Carolina and a self-described NASCAR fanatic.  When I showed him my best lap time, which was a couple tenths of a second better than his, he jokingly humphed, “Well, you’re from Michigan!”  Yes indeed – though I still proudly hang on to my Cleveland roots.  And while I think Ohio and Michigan really aren’t that different … Continue reading Of Cars and Communities

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Trading Power with the Next Generations

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Diana Sieger, President of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.  Follow her foundation on Twitter: @GRCommFound. By Diana Sieger Subtitle: I can feel your hot breath on the back of my neck! This morning I participated in a session entitled “Trading Power” dealing with the “importance of multigenerational involvement in philanthropy.”  In other words, how to involve all ages in the decision-making and learning at foundations while we gain insight on the generations coming up! Two Council on Foundations staff leaders, Dori Kreiger, Managing Director, Family Philanthropy Services and Andrew Ho, Manager, Global Philanthropy designed and organized this … Continue reading Trading Power with the Next Generations

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“Following is Sexy”: The New Mantra in Community Leadership?

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by CJ Callen, Program Director at CFLeads. By:  CJ Callen At lunch today I heard Jeff Javis of What would Google do fame. A few key messages: know what business you’re in and run it like Google – you know what that means? Open, democratic, less control (yields greater trust), collaborative, social, etc. If you have engaged in any online community, you get it. Translating this emerging (and undeniable) wisdom back into whatever business you are in is another matter. What was implied in statements like the need to learn how to “get out of the way,” … Continue reading “Following is Sexy”: The New Mantra in Community Leadership?

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“Failing to Win”: Community Foundations as Risk-takers and Change-makers

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by CJ Callen, Program Director at CFLeads. By:  CJ Callen Day 2 and I am struck by how much I am surrounded by stories of success. This is great. We all need inspiration and exposure to models of doing business that might strengthen our own. But what about when things go horribly wrong? When a community foundation takes on the challenge of community leadership — taking on complex roles in complex community change process–all may not go smoothly. Whether or not the bump in the road is just that (a temporary obstacle) or something more has to … Continue reading “Failing to Win”: Community Foundations as Risk-takers and Change-makers

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Conference Attendees are Helping Students Across the Country Through DonorsChoose.org!

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Katie Bisbee, Senior Vice President of Marketing at DonorsChoose.org.  Follow her organization on Twitter – @DonorsChoose. By:  Katie Bisbee Along with their conference name badges, all Council on Foundation conference attendees received $100 philanthropic gift cards to spend at DonorsChoose.org on classrooms in need from their local areas. By way of background, DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.  Here’s how it works: public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org.  Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins … Continue reading Conference Attendees are Helping Students Across the Country Through DonorsChoose.org!

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