Your Tools May Not Be What You Think…Get Out of Your Way!

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Jillian Vukusich, Director of Community Investments, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties.  Follow Jillian on Twitter: @JCVukusich. By:  Jillian Vukusich Tuesday night I had the pleasure of visiting the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center to catch a show with my cousin. My thought was that the show, Mary Poppins,  would be a bit of an escape from loaded discussions and engaged interaction. Don’t get me wrong—this has been an incredibly energizing conference. However, I was thinking a little “spoonful of sugar” would provide some respite. Well, I was wrong, in a good way. … Continue reading Your Tools May Not Be What You Think…Get Out of Your Way!

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Philanthropy Can’t Ignore Technology

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Lynn Luckow, President & CEO of the Craigslist Foundation.  Follow his organization on Twitter – @craigslist_fndn. By:  Lynn Luckow Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do? spoke at lunch today about why philanthropy can’t ignore technology or the lessons learned from key technology organizations.  He reinforced the power of people connecting to one another and to the institutions they trust.  Q&A revealed both support and ambivalence by foundations to fully embrace new  technologies. The keynote and discussion made me even more confident that a new platform being developed by Craigslist Foundation to connect people in … Continue reading Philanthropy Can’t Ignore Technology

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Of Cars and Communities

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Nick Deychakiwsky, Program Officer at The Mott Foundation. By Nick Deychakiwsky Last night I got a macho ego boost when I compared my NASCAR race car simulator best lap time with COF staffer Will Heaton who is originally from North Carolina and a self-described NASCAR fanatic.  When I showed him my best lap time, which was a couple tenths of a second better than his, he jokingly humphed, “Well, you’re from Michigan!”  Yes indeed – though I still proudly hang on to my Cleveland roots.  And while I think Ohio and Michigan really aren’t that different … Continue reading Of Cars and Communities

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Trading Power with the Next Generations

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Diana Sieger, President of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.  Follow her foundation on Twitter: @GRCommFound. By Diana Sieger Subtitle: I can feel your hot breath on the back of my neck! This morning I participated in a session entitled “Trading Power” dealing with the “importance of multigenerational involvement in philanthropy.”  In other words, how to involve all ages in the decision-making and learning at foundations while we gain insight on the generations coming up! Two Council on Foundations staff leaders, Dori Kreiger, Managing Director, Family Philanthropy Services and Andrew Ho, Manager, Global Philanthropy designed and organized this … Continue reading Trading Power with the Next Generations

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“Following is Sexy”: The New Mantra in Community Leadership?

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by CJ Callen, Program Director at CFLeads. By:  CJ Callen At lunch today I heard Jeff Javis of What would Google do fame. A few key messages: know what business you’re in and run it like Google – you know what that means? Open, democratic, less control (yields greater trust), collaborative, social, etc. If you have engaged in any online community, you get it. Translating this emerging (and undeniable) wisdom back into whatever business you are in is another matter. What was implied in statements like the need to learn how to “get out of the way,” … Continue reading “Following is Sexy”: The New Mantra in Community Leadership?

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“Failing to Win”: Community Foundations as Risk-takers and Change-makers

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by CJ Callen, Program Director at CFLeads. By:  CJ Callen Day 2 and I am struck by how much I am surrounded by stories of success. This is great. We all need inspiration and exposure to models of doing business that might strengthen our own. But what about when things go horribly wrong? When a community foundation takes on the challenge of community leadership — taking on complex roles in complex community change process–all may not go smoothly. Whether or not the bump in the road is just that (a temporary obstacle) or something more has to … Continue reading “Failing to Win”: Community Foundations as Risk-takers and Change-makers

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Conference Attendees are Helping Students Across the Country Through DonorsChoose.org!

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Katie Bisbee, Senior Vice President of Marketing at DonorsChoose.org.  Follow her organization on Twitter – @DonorsChoose. By:  Katie Bisbee Along with their conference name badges, all Council on Foundation conference attendees received $100 philanthropic gift cards to spend at DonorsChoose.org on classrooms in need from their local areas. By way of background, DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.  Here’s how it works: public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org.  Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins … Continue reading Conference Attendees are Helping Students Across the Country Through DonorsChoose.org!

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Joining up the Dots Across the World…

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Jenny Hodgson, Executive Director of the Global Fund for Community Foundations. By:  Jenny Hodgson Working for a global organization based in Johannesburg, I always appreciate the opportunity that conferences provide to meet up and check in with some of our partners from around the world. Although the international contingent at this particular conference may be small in numbers, it is rich in diversity and experience, with community foundation practitioners from countries including Zimbabwe, Egypt, Thailand, Russia, Slovakia and Kenya. The community foundation idea is taking root all over the world, tweaked in various ways to fit … Continue reading Joining up the Dots Across the World…

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Community Philanthropy Values

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Brian Frederick, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County. By:  Brian Frederick I got my rear end kicked by one of my Board members last night in the racing simulator at the Fall Conference host event at the Nascar Hall of Fame (or maybe shame in my case). The line was long the entire evening as group after group of our colleagues spent 4 long minutes trying to pump metal, stay on the track, and get the best time.  And of course the leader board posted running standings all night long. I was … Continue reading Community Philanthropy Values

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The Elephant in the Room: Racism

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by China Brotsky, Senior Vice-President at Tides. By:  China Brotsky The most compelling session I have attended so far was “Innovating to Make and Keep Equity and Diversity as a Priority,” organized by James Head from the San Francisco Foundation and the Race & Equity in Philanthropy Group. What moved me was the straight talk about the elephant of racism in so many rooms in communities and philanthropy itself. No empty platitudes.  We learned that we all need to understand our own context to be effective – whether it’s a reality where no one ever says the … Continue reading The Elephant in the Room: Racism

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