Category Archives: leadership

How AAPIP is Building Democratic Philanthropy

Philanthropy411, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team.  This is a guest post by Danielle M. Reyes, Senior Program Officer at The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation by Danielle M. Reyes There were no scrambled eggs at this live-streamed* breakfast meeting.  This morning more than 100 community leaders, giving circle grantees, friends, and members of Asian Americans Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) convened over Dim Sum for AAPIP’s Annual Membership Meeting and Community Program.  In addition to dumplings and egg rolls, attendees were treated to, and hopefully inspired by, presentations from numerous and diverse voices from this growing network.  In fact, more than 25 chapter co-chairs and representatives presented during this … Continue reading How AAPIP is Building Democratic Philanthropy

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Promoting Intergenerational Leadership & Racial Justice in Philanthropy

Philanthropy411, 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 It was a “hit the ground running” morning yesterday when I joined the national conference of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) for a panel awesomely choreographed by Daniel Jae-Won Lee, Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation. I wish that I, lo those many years ago when I was entering the field, had been able to hear the stories and passions for social justice that Sherece West, Urvashi Vaid and Sandy Vargas shared with the EPIP conference attendees.  Their good questions asked during the salon … Continue reading Promoting Intergenerational Leadership & Racial Justice in Philanthropy

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67 Recommended Philanthropy Speakers

A few weeks ago, Sean Stannard-Stockton of Tactical Philanthropy posted a blog asking: Who are the most amazing, dynamic and engaging speakers you’ve ever seen talk about philanthropy, the social sector and social capital markets? Many people offered up their favorite speakers on the topic of nonprofits and philanthropy.  Kyle Reis of the Ford Foundation (and @zazoomzimminy) and Sean suggested that I organize the list with links to all the speakers’ bios.  Here is the list below, including the speaker’s name, title, organization, link to their bio (or the organization they represent if I couldn’t find their bio online), the name of the person who recommended them, and any comments about the speaker that were offered.  Of course, if you … Continue reading 67 Recommended Philanthropy Speakers

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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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