Category Archives: Community foundation

Fierce

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 The question was “What do you need to be more effective in your community leadership work?” The group roared the unified response, “more money.” That was one of the not-too-surprising moments at a gathering Sunday night of nearly 100 community foundation representatives. They had come to have a conversation on community leadership. As the conversation progressed, it turned out that it was not money that they needed most, after all, but rather, courage and imagination. Then one participant, Linda Reed, shared the story of the Community Foundation … Continue reading Fierce

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Babies and Bathwater

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Mike Batchelor, President of The Erie Community Foundation. By:  Mike Batchelor O.K., I really do get it. This is a new era, the world is flat and technology reigns. While I was impressed with our morning plenary, I also found myself asking “is this a community foundation conference?”    Now don’t get me wrong, I understand  the trends and our community foundation is doing its best to remain relevant in a changing world. But as our world evolves, community foundations must also honor our traditional values of permanence and trust.  Our challenge, it seems, is to keep both … Continue reading Babies and Bathwater

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Mixing it up with CEOs and Trustees

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations 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 Relevancy and change are two key themes at the COF Fall Conference for Community Foundations.  Monday’s opening breakfast featured speakers who emphasized how to survive and thrive in the future. I found the speakers to be innovative and they did have some useful ideas, though I have to say I’m still “processing” the presentations. Fellow blogger, Barbara Kibbe who is the VP, Client Services for the Monitor Institute resonated with me the most.  She gave the gathered group a … Continue reading Mixing it up with CEOs and Trustees

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What if Each of Us Knew What All of Us Do?

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Mike Batchelor, President of The Erie Community Foundation. By:  Mike Batchelor As I sit in conference sessions, the message of CFInsights keeps running through my mind.  There is so much powerful information being delivered in our conference sessions, I find myself asking “what if each community foundation knew what all community foundations know?”    While CFInsights is focused on data, benchmarks, dashboards  and ratios, the grantmaking and community leadership sides of our businesses could also benefit from cataloging and sharing of great ideas.  I know that’s what conferences, affinity groups and list serves are for, but community foundations … Continue reading What if Each of Us Knew What All of Us Do?

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Powering Communities – A Great Beginning

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Monica Patten, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Foundations of Canada. By:  Monica Patten Coming to you from the fall conference for community foundations – number 14 for me, at least – I realized that while many of the opening plenaries in the past have had a focus on the future, I don’t recall one that took us to new ways of thinking, being, and doing as much as today’s did. Somewhere Over the Horizon…for Community Foundations introduced us to the vision and in fact, the day-to-day work of four thoughtful leaders in philanthropy. What I really … Continue reading Powering Communities – A Great Beginning

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Thoughts on Community Foundations

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Barbara D. Kibbe, Vice President, Client Services at The Monitor Institute. By:  Barbara D. Kibbe The 2010 COF Community Foundations Conference is a robust and energetic gathering with fully twice the number of participants as last year. I had the privilege and the pleasure to join the opening plenary panel. Given the many questions and comments posed to me afterward, I want to take advantage of our Philanthropy411 Blog to reiterate a message I feel particularly strongly about.  Community Foundations are poised to be and to stay at the cutting edge of philanthropy that has impact. They … Continue reading Thoughts on Community Foundations

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A Bird’s Eye View

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations 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 I’m finally on my way to the Council on Foundation’s Community Foundation conference and excited to learn from my colleagues from throughout the United States and Canada. As I write this, I’m currently about 35,000 feet over the world of Mickey Mouse. I can’t help but think about the correlation between my bird’s eye view of Walt Disney World and the bird’s eye view we’ll be working from this week. It’s important…no, vital that we … Continue reading A Bird’s Eye View

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Sleepless in Charlotte!

Philanthropy411 is currently covering the Fall Conference for Community Foundations 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 We all looked around the room and uttered, “What happens in Charlotte, stays in Charlotte!” to borrow a phrase from the Las Vegas ad campaign!  I’m talking about the opening dinner on Saturday, September 11th of the Annual CEONet Retreat (sponsored by the community foundation CEO Network) being held in Charlotte in advance of our Fall Conference.  Kudos to the CEO Retreat Planning Committee who include: Michael Batchelor, president, The Erie Community Foundation, Meredith Jones, president and CEO, Maine … Continue reading Sleepless in Charlotte!

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Your Team at the Council on Foundations Conference

I’m thrilled to announce the 2010 Philanthropy411 Blog Team for the Council on Foundations annual conference in Denver! This year’s  Team is organized in collaboration with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. We’ll be blogging from Denver starting with the pre-conference sessions on Saturday, April 24th. As many of you know, Sean Stannard-Stockton’s Tactical Philanthropy Blog Team covered the conference in 2009 and 2008.  This year Sean has generously passed the blog baton to Philanthropy411. The Council on Foundations will also be blogging from the conference, so definitely check out their conference posts as well. You can also follow the conference by using the hashtag #cof10. Here is your Philanthropy411 Blog Team: Rebecca Arno Vice President of Communications, Denver … Continue reading Your Team at the Council on Foundations Conference

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Looking For A Philanthropy Job? 20 Resources To Help You

When I was searching for my first foundation job, the CEO of a prominent family foundation told me: “Philanthropy is a closed world, but once you’re in, you’re in. Take any program officer job you are offered, even if it’s a different content area than what you are interested in. Once you are working at a foundation, you’re seen as an “insider” and can network with other funders.” That was accurate advice ten years ago, and I think it continues to be true. Although I think foundations are generally more open and accessible today than they were then, it can be difficult for someone to “break into” the field.  I was lucky enough to land a position at the David … Continue reading Looking For A Philanthropy Job? 20 Resources To Help You

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