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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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Standing Ovation Generation

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 Jacob Harold, Program Officer in Philanthropy at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. By:  Jacob Herald There was a remarkable moment during Al Gore’s speech this morning. He was describing the world in generation terms, speaking thankfully of the debt we owe past generations for all that they have built for us. Gore then said we risked giving “the back of the hand to the next generation” by further delaying action on the climate crisis. The line itself was not unsurprising, though rare in its directness. What was … Continue reading Standing Ovation Generation

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Happy Birthday AAPIP!

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 On Sunday morning I attended the annual meeting of the affinity group, Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP).  AAPIP is a national membership and philanthropic advocacy organization dedicated to advancing philanthropy and Asian American/Pacific Islander communities. A large virtual banner projected across the wall of the breakfast meeting read: “AAPIP 2010. We Lead” The number twenty on the banner was in bold highlight commemorating the 20th anniversary of the AAPIP organization. Looking around the room … Continue reading Happy Birthday AAPIP!

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Grantmaking, Tools, and the Long View

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 Mary Galeti, Vice Chair of the Tecovas Foundation. By:  Mary Galeti Someone recently sent me the following quote : The problem I have with philanthropy is that most people think of themselves as grant-makers.  And if you think of yourself as a grant-maker, the tools that you have available to you to advance the mission of your institution are pretty much limited to making grants.                                                               – Jed Emerson So what new terms should we, as grantmakers, be defining by?  Are we change agents? Are we Access Enablers?  There’s … Continue reading Grantmaking, Tools, and the Long View

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Charity AND Change; Social Innovation AND Social Justice

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 Paul Connolly, Senior Vice President and Director of TCC Group. by:  Paul Connolly During a Council on Foundations conference mini-plenary session yesterday on “Social Justice – From Here to 2030,” some 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 vs. change” is set up for debate, when a combination of charity AND change is most effective. In many … Continue reading Charity AND Change; Social Innovation AND Social Justice

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Thoughts on a Session – Social Justice: From Here to 2030

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 Teri Behrens, Editor of The Foundation Review. by:  Teri Behrens Social Justice: From Here to 2030 had a large and wide-ranging group of panelists, primarily individuals who are actively working in the nonprofit sector for social justice. I learned a couple of new words: Gerontocracy: One social justice issue is creating space for new leaders to emerge. Seven out of ten of the oldest heads of state are in Africa — a gerontocracy is standing in the way of social reform in many countries. Foolanthropy: Social justice work … Continue reading Thoughts on a Session – Social Justice: From Here to 2030

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