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Sitting at the Intersection: Affinity

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 Colin Lacon, President and CEO, Northern California Grantmakers. By:  Colin Lacon Each year during the Preconference sessions of the Council Annual meeting, several affinity groups gather and hold sessions that range from issues that reflect what has brought them together to challenges facing philanthropy viewed from the lens of the communities they represent and work on behalf of. Groups organizing these sessions include; the Association for Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), Asian-Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), and Native Americans in Philanthropy.  To many attendees of … Continue reading Sitting at the Intersection: Affinity

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What’s Next for Diversity in 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 Henry A. J. Ramos, Principal at Mauer Kunst Consulting and Lead Consultant for the  Diversity in Philanthropy Project. By:  Henry A. J. Ramos This year’s Council on Foundations (COF) Annual Conference concluded with an important off-line breakfast gathering of nearly 40 leading foundation CEOs, trustees and philanthropy network executives. The group met to build on recent field-wide efforts to advance diversity in the independent sector. Since 2007, many of these leaders have voluntarily assembled in allied discussions under the Diversity in Philanthropy Project (DPP) banner — an effort, … Continue reading What’s Next for Diversity in Philanthropy?

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A Foundation’s Freedom – And its Responsibility

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 Kristin Ivie, Program Manager of Social Innovation at the Case Foundation. By:  Kristin Ivie One recurring theme I kept hearing in different contexts and from different types of people at CoF is the freedom that comes with being in philanthropy. In the closing plenary, Geoffrey Canada from Harlem Children’s Zone remarked that his experience in championing education reform taught him that foundations belong to a very small group of people who have the luxury of being able to go out on a limb to support an innovative – … Continue reading A Foundation’s Freedom – And its Responsibility

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Afraid of Losing Control with Social Media? Guess What, You’ve Already Lost it!

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 This is my first time attending a full COF conference, whereas I’m used to going to the more techie/communications conferences like NTEN’s NTC, so it was a pleasant surprise to see that Holly Ross, executive director of NTEN was on a panel yesterday with Sean Stannard-Stockton, Perla Ni and Julie Trell on The Role and Effect of Technology on Social Innovation. It’s no surprise that much of the conversation revolved around social media … Continue reading Afraid of Losing Control with Social Media? Guess What, You’ve Already Lost it!

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Memorable Mentions

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 Over the course of the COF conference, I’ve heard a number of memorable and provocative remarks.  Here are a few and the contexts in which they were mentioned: On Subpoenas & Grantmaking. There’s messy and then there’s corrupt.  Corruption is unacceptable.  By the nature of our work, however, we do alot of grantmaking to groups that are messy, but not necessarily corrupt.  That’s the importance of capacity building grants. On Capacity Building: I’ve banned the word ‘capacity … Continue reading Memorable Mentions

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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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