In my last post, I explained the ways that many individuals in foundations adopt a poverty mentality rather than an abundance mentality when it comes to their own personal activities. Many foundation staff and leaders sell themselves short and eschew the support they need for the sake of not taking precious resources away from others. But in doing so, they often undermine their effectiveness and that of their foundation. Support for your work is important. It allows you to maximize efficiency, gain valuable knowledge, create and leverage partners, explore creative solutions, and thereby promote and further the foundation’s mission. That support could take a number of forms, such as: An administrative support staff person A software upgrade Travel to a … Continue reading Making the Case For (Your Own) Support
Once upon a time, it was unheard of for a foundation to engage in any kind of discourse involving public policy. Now, it’s becoming more and more commonplace, as foundations realize that in order to truly create positive change and address the various root causes of the issues they fund, policy must come into the picture. Several of our clients have engaged in policy successfully in a variety of ways. Some work well in advance of legislative activity, bringing issues to light and convening experts to brainstorm potential policy solutions. Others work to support nonprofit organizations in their own advocacy efforts. Still others work after policies are enacted to help support their implementation. Sometimes, foundations feel the need to speak … Continue reading Speaking with One Voice: 5 Tips for Joint Public Statements
This week, I’m taking a quick time-out from my regular blog posts to share some exciting news. I am honored to have been named one of America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers by Philanthropy Media! I was chosen from a survey of more than 25,000 philanthropy experts who submitted more than 1,000 names. To say I was surprised is an understatement. I’m both thrilled and humbled to share this news with you. What’s best about this news is that I truly love speaking about philanthropy and helping philanthropic audiences understand how to do the work of grantmaking more efficiently and effectively. In fact, I’m eager to do more of it! If you’re looking for a speaker for your board, conference, or … Continue reading Kris Putnam-Walkerly Named “Top 25 Philanthropy Speaker”
Philanthropy411, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team. This is a guest post by Ash McNeely, Executive Director of the Sand Hill Foundation. by Ash McNeely I couldn’t have been more surprised at the Council on Foundations breakfast plenary to hear Arianna Huffington — truly one of the country’s most influential people — tell us all to Get Enough Sleep! How is it possible that she is a spokesperson for life balance given all she does every day? Over french toast, she reminded us of the need to unplug and rejuvenate in order to return refreshed to the work that is never done — investing in innovative ideas bubbling up throughout our … Continue reading Get Some Sleep!
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