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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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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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