Category Archives: Philanthropy 411 Blog

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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So Many Great Sessions, So Little Time to Blog

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 Sterling Speirn, President and CEO of the WK Kellogg Foundation. by:  Sterling Speirn Now I see why the pros shoot off short bursts all day, my head is swimming with encounters and my notebook is filled with highlights captured with my multi-colored pens. For me the conference launched with a meeting of the COF’s Committee on Inclusiveness on Saturday evening, and as a sacrifice I was unable to attend Crystal’s James Joseph speech—thanks for those great notes and inspiring ideas, Crystal. The Committee on Inclusiveness’s Chair, Michael Balaoing, reviewed … Continue reading So Many Great Sessions, So Little Time to Blog

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Choices, Choices

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 So I finally made it to Denver after a bit of weather related airline angst. Thrilled to finally be in the Mile High City and looking forward to being with philanthropic colleagues from across the US, I finally had a chance to look at the handy “At A Glance” guide to the conference…and alas, more angst. In addition to the opportunity for fellowship and learning, I’m also here to accept the COF Shields Silver … Continue reading Choices, Choices

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On Fire

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 Rebecca Arno, Vice President of Communications at the Denver Foundation. by:  Rebecca Arno How do you set a room full of philanthropists on fire? Put Gara LaMarche from Atlantic Philanthropies in front of the crowd with a panel of eight keynote-quality speakers and have them dissect social justice philanthropy. The crowd hooted and applauded like it was the state of the union address – which, in a way, it was. After a “lightning round” of definitions for social justice – liberty and justice for all (Van Jones), giving … Continue reading On Fire

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Health, Equity, and Growth

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 Much of the past year was spent talking about how reforms to the health insurance and health care industries could make Americans healthier. That was an important conversation — but it often missed a crucial truth. Our health is determined by factors far beyond just our health-care card (if we’re fortunate enough to have one). As I said in my plenary panel, “How do we get to a Healthier America?” Our race and our ZIP code … Continue reading Health, Equity, and Growth

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Listen

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 Aleesha Towns-Bain, a Program Associate at the Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska. By: Aleesha Towns-Bain Listen. Listen! So begins the Lakota story of the Sun Boy, shared by American Indian College Fund president Richard Williams. With those words, Williams also marked the beginning of three days of intense and fruitful discussions at the 5th Annual Native Philanthropy Institute, hosted by Native Americans in Philanthropy in Denver this week. As many people already know, Native Americans and Alaska Natives face extraordinary challenges to access funding through the nation’s foundations. … Continue reading Listen

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5 Things We Know, But Keep Forgetting

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 Crystal Hayling, Winner of the 2010 James A Joseph Award from the Association of Black Foundation Executives. by:  Crystal Hayling I was honored to be selected by the Association of Black Foundation Executives to deliver the 2010 James A. Joseph Lecture Saturday night. Below is a synopsis of my remarks. The full text can be found at http://crystalhayling.wordpress.com/ Maybe I’m just hard-headed, but some lessons seem to keep coming back for me. In an effort to remember and hold them a little tighter, I’d like to share those … Continue reading 5 Things We Know, But Keep Forgetting

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Walking Around 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 Mary Galeti, Vice Chair of the Tecovas Foundation. By:  Mary Galeti I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of “walking around philanthropy”.  It infers more than just being involved in your community.  It involves being an integral part of your community – being fully invested, visible, and accessible in your community.  It also means listening, asking for help when you need it, and including everyone in the decision making process. It’s unfortunate how often we end up staying in our offices, and limiting our interaction with our … Continue reading Walking Around Philanthropy

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Nits Make Lice

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 Roberts, President of First Nations Development Institute. By:  Mike Roberts American Indian and American author, poet, theologian, and historian Vine Deloria Jr. frequently insisted that we should not sanitize America’s past. And as we sit here this weekend talking about social justice, we need not use language that whitewashes our past and continued social injustice. Specifically, I am referring to the language in the Council’s insert to this year’s conference program, when it invites the attendees to travel to “Sand Creek, site of one of the most … Continue reading Nits Make Lice

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