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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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The New Meditation

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 The New Meditation The next time you walk into a breakout room shortly before or after the presentation of a conference session, take note of the reflective meditation underway.  More often than not, the sparse gathering of people are sitting quietly with their heads bowed, eyes cast downward and hands folded in their laps.  It appears to be a remarkable moment of collective meditation. I call this phenomenon the “BlackBerry Prayer” because upon closer inspection everyone has … Continue reading The New Meditation

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A Lesson on Managing Risk

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 Raymond Colmenar, Senior Program Officer at The California Endowment. by:  Raymond Colmenar I just heard a most inspiring speech by Crystal Hayling, former president of Blue Shield of California Foundation and James A. Joseph lecturer at The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE). It was an inspiring speech about lessons that many of us funders often learn but always seem to forget. She reflected on five lessons–but I’ll focus on just one, a lesson on managing risk. Crystal challenged us to invert the notion of risk. Instead of … Continue reading A Lesson on Managing Risk

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