Category Archives: next generation

The Next Four Years: Keep Moving Forward

A week ago, our country was in a totally different place than it is now. Regardless of your politics, there’s no question that we are most certainly entering some very uncertain times. Like everyone else, grantmakers of all stripes are looking around, trying to figure out how we got here and what the new lay of the land will be. Here are seven things that immediately come to mind as we consider the next four years: 1- Don’t beat yourself up.  The election outcome made it clear that many of us in philanthropy have overlooked the sentiments of a silent but seething portion of the country. But while it’s great to be reflective and introspective and think about what your … Continue reading The Next Four Years: Keep Moving Forward

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Letter to COF Conference Attendees

Philanthropy411, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Holly Wolfe, Environmental Sustainability Program Associate at  The Russell Family Foundation. by Holly Wolfe Dear COF Conference Attendees, There is a movement happening that I implore you to learn about (if you aren’t aware already). It is a body of work ten years in the making, standing on the shoulders of philanthropic institutions created and social progress achieved over the last century. You may have heard about us. We call ourselves “Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy” or “EPIP.” The acronym might sound bubbly and light, like a bird chirping in your ear. Well, let me spell out the power … Continue reading Letter to COF Conference Attendees

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Fountain of Youth

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 Tonight a boatload of folks celebrated the ten year birthday of EPIP: Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. I’m serious, it was a boatload because we were singing, dancing and celebrating on an historic clipper ship anchored along the Philadelphia waterfront! If you’ve been unplugged for the past decade and haven’t yet heard of EPIP, its vision is “of a day when all generations in philanthropy collaborate effectively to build better foundations for a better world”. Its mission is to “develop extraordinary new leaders for foundations to enhance organized … Continue reading Fountain of Youth

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EPIP Provides Support and Opportunity for Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference (and many of the pre-conference events) in Philadelphia with the help of a blog team.  This is a joint post by Rusty Stahl, Executive Director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President of Putnam Community Investment Consulting, Inc. by:  Kris Putnam-Walkerly and Rusty Stahl Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) is an affinity group of the Council on Foundations. Its mission is to develop extraordinary new leaders to enhance organized philanthropy and its impact on communities. EPIP released the findings of it’s 2011 Impact Assessment, in conjunction with its 10th anniversary and national conference held in Philadelphia.  Below we share the first of two blog posts: 7 key findings about how EPIP … Continue reading EPIP Provides Support and Opportunity for Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy

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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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Your Team at the Council on Foundations Conference

I’m thrilled to announce the 2010 Philanthropy411 Blog Team for the Council on Foundations annual conference in Denver! This year’s  Team is organized in collaboration with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. We’ll be blogging from Denver starting with the pre-conference sessions on Saturday, April 24th. As many of you know, Sean Stannard-Stockton’s Tactical Philanthropy Blog Team covered the conference in 2009 and 2008.  This year Sean has generously passed the blog baton to Philanthropy411. The Council on Foundations will also be blogging from the conference, so definitely check out their conference posts as well. You can also follow the conference by using the hashtag #cof10. Here is your Philanthropy411 Blog Team: Rebecca Arno Vice President of Communications, Denver … Continue reading Your Team at the Council on Foundations Conference

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Looking For A Philanthropy Job? 20 Resources To Help You

When I was searching for my first foundation job, the CEO of a prominent family foundation told me: “Philanthropy is a closed world, but once you’re in, you’re in. Take any program officer job you are offered, even if it’s a different content area than what you are interested in. Once you are working at a foundation, you’re seen as an “insider” and can network with other funders.” That was accurate advice ten years ago, and I think it continues to be true. Although I think foundations are generally more open and accessible today than they were then, it can be difficult for someone to “break into” the field.  I was lucky enough to land a position at the David … Continue reading Looking For A Philanthropy Job? 20 Resources To Help You

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How to Involve Young People in Philanthropy

There are many ways to engage young people in philanthropy. By cultivating an early interest in “giving back”, we have the power to inspire the next generation to become active, informed and generous members of society. The bottom line? It’s never too early to start – and never too late to make a real impact on how young people view the world!  Below are resources and information I have compiled to help you support the next generation in philanthropy. Strength in Numbers: A Growing Trend Toward Family Foundations It has been said that “charity begins at home” and today, there are more family foundations in the United States than at any other time in recent history. According to the Foundation … Continue reading How to Involve Young People in Philanthropy

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