Category Archives: Council on Foundations

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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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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Thoughts from the Pre-Conference Institute for Trustees & CEOs: “Insights for Philanthropic Leadership”

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 Today I attended the Council on Foundation’s pre-conference institute for Trustees & CEOs called “Insights for Philanthropic Leadership.”  The one and a half day institute is focused on themes that trustees and CEOs are often charged with overseeing including governance, board/staff relations, strategy, gauging impact, succession planning, and stakeholder relations. I must say, the quality of today’s conversations exceeded my expectations, largely because there was an unusually high level of trust and candor in the room. Here … Continue reading Thoughts from the Pre-Conference Institute for Trustees & CEOs: “Insights for Philanthropic Leadership”

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Kick off of Council on Foundations Blog Team

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.  Sterling kicks off this year’s blog team with some poetry. by:  Sterling Speirn Taking my blog responsibilities seriously, here’s my first post from ye olde iPhone: Blogger’s Haiku Flying to Denver Dinosaur’s first blog set loose Raptor hunting truth Share

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