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Living History: Amache & Sand Creek

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, 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 It’s Tuesday afternoon and the COF conference is winding down while the community site visit to rural Colorado ramps up. The next two days promise to be deeply moving and build on the conference themes of social change, social justice & social innovation. Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) and Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) have organized a learning and healing pilgrimage to two sites of historical significance to our respective communities. The first is … Continue reading Living History: Amache & Sand Creek

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Where are the Arts?

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Lee Draper, Chair of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers and CEO of the Draper Consulting Group. By:  Lee Draper The Council on Foundations chose three critical themes to shape its annual conference in Denver:  Social Innovation, Social Change, and Social Justice.  Powerful topics in any period, but most central in this era of growing disparity of resources and opportunity and global threats.  It was an exceptional conference. But I couldn’t help thinking how the arts could have contributed to the depth of content, inspiration, and out-of-the-box … Continue reading Where are the Arts?

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Blowing Up The Conference Model

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Sean Stannard-Stockton, CEO of Tactical Philanthropy Advisors. by:  Sean Stannard-Stockton The Council on Foundations has done an admirable job of incorporating social media into the annual conference. From the official RE: Philanthropy blog of the Council, to their official Twitter handle, to their support for unofficial blog teams, the Council has fully embraced the important role of social media in philanthropy. Now it is time for the Council to blow up their traditional conference model and begin exploring new formats for the annual conference. A few ideas: • … Continue reading Blowing Up The Conference Model

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Wish You Were Here…Al Gore’s Keynote Speech on Climate Change, the Imperative of Civic Engagement, and Philanthropy’s Opportunity to Play a Role in Shaping the Future

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Lee Draper, Chair of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers and CEO of the Draper Consulting Group. By:  Lee Draper Jacob Harold has mentioned the standing ovations (in his recent blog posting).  Indeed, Al Gore moved us as few plenary speakers at COF conferences have.  He was both a passionate orator and a thoughtful provocateur, challenging us to act and to act now.  His quotes are worth remembering. At the onset, Gore was remarkably gracious about the audience of grantmakers and acknowledged others who had done important … Continue reading Wish You Were Here…Al Gore’s Keynote Speech on Climate Change, the Imperative of Civic Engagement, and Philanthropy’s Opportunity to Play a Role in Shaping the Future

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Ah-ha Moments and Social Media (aka Why YOU Can and Should Use Social Media!)

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Kim St. John-Stevenson, Communications Officer at the Saint Luke’s Foundation. by:  Kim St. John-Stevenson After hearing several presenters at #cof10 discuss how innovation and technology are literally colliding in the world of philanthropy, I had several ah-ha moments about social media and why so many of us are deathly afraid of it. Ah-ha #1: We need research to validate social media is worth our investment. So, in the quest for a bit of real-time research, I did a quick, unofficial poll on what folks like/dislike about using Facebook, … Continue reading Ah-ha Moments and Social Media (aka Why YOU Can and Should Use Social Media!)

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Is Institutional Philanthropy Structured to Support Successful Social Change?

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Lee Draper, Chair of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers and CEO of the Draper Consulting Group. By:  Lee Draper A few of the Philanthropy 411 bloggers have offered reactions to the Council on Foundations Mini-Plenary, “Social Justice: From Here to 2030”.  I’d like to add another vantage point on the ideas presented.  The panel was composed of some of the most experienced and effective social change leaders from diverse countries and conflicts, moderated by Gara LaMarche of The Atlantic Philanthropies: Akwasi Aidoo, Executive Director of TrustAfrica … Continue reading Is Institutional Philanthropy Structured to Support Successful Social Change?

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Information and Power – Thoughts on Al Gore’s Speech

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Kathleen Reich, Program Officer, Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy at the The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. By:  Kathleen Reich Al Gore ended his speech at the Council on Foundations conference yesterday as you might have expected: with an inspired, urgent call to action on climate change. But in the first half of his speech, Gore talked about information and power—who has it, and who does not, and what that means for our society. I found the first half of his speech even more sobering and thought-provoking than the … Continue reading Information and Power – Thoughts on Al Gore’s Speech

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Celebrating AAPIP’s 20th Anniversary Year-round

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Sokunthea Sa Chhabra, Director of Interactive Communications at the Case Foundation. By:  Sokunthea Sa Chhabra As Steve Gunderson mentioned in his opening plenary and Richard Woo blogged about earlier today, this year marks Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)’s 20th anniversary in advancing philanthropy and Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities nationwide. To honor this pivotal moment in AAPIP’s journey, staff and members across the country are spending the year celebrating, commemorating and uplifting major milestones and programs in AAPI communities, culminating with a philanthropy summit on October 20, … Continue reading Celebrating AAPIP’s 20th Anniversary Year-round

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The “Yes-And-And” Strategy: Equity as the 21st Century Growth Model

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team. This is a guest post by Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO of PolicyLink. by: Angela Glover Blackwell I found Paul Connolly’s post earlier today (“Charity AND Change; Social Innovation AND Social Justice”) to be an interesting look at one of the issues I’ve heard come up again and again at this conference. Connolly wrote: [S]ome of the panelists observed that too many philanthropic dollars were devoted to transactional direct service delivery and not enough were for advocacy to support transformative change. This is true, yet too often, an unhelpful “either-or” dichotomy of “charity … Continue reading The “Yes-And-And” Strategy: Equity as the 21st Century Growth Model

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Social Justice Philanthropy

Philanthropy411, in partnership with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Mike Shaw, Program Assistant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. By:  Mike Shaw My day was consumed by a sustained challenging of my thinking about social justice philanthropy. Gara LaMarche, Atlantic Philanthropies, and Ben Jealous, NAACP, presented their thoughts on social justice philanthropy and generational change at the closing plenary of the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy pre-conference.  There was amazing energy amongst my next-gen philanthropist colleagues as they listened and challenged these leaders thinking and ideas. This was later followed my a mini-plenary session facilitated by Gara and … Continue reading Social Justice Philanthropy

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