Philanthropy is supposed to feel great. But what if it doesn’t? As the holiday season approaches, many of us are reminded frequently that this is supposed to be a time of joy. Sometimes it’s easy to be thankful and happy about theblessings in our lives — especially if we work in philanthropy! But sometimes the joy gets squeezed right out of us with deadlines, overflowing inboxes, people we don’t like to spend time with (whether they are grantees, co-workers or foundation trustees), frantic year-end meetings that never result in action and much more. When we lose the joy that should come with giving, it shows. We have less energy and enthusiasm to share with our team. Our creativity suffers, as do our relationships with grantees and partners. I believe … Continue reading Where’s The Joy?
Producing the Confident Giving newsletter is one my favorite things to do – in no small part because of readers like you who open, peruse, consider, and sometimes comment and share your thoughts with me. Thank you! As a weekly publication, Confident Giving covers a lot of ground in a single year. In January it’s always interesting to take a look back at the topics that attracted our readers the most. I’m happy to share 2016’s top 10 most read topics below. And if there’s something you’d like to hear more of in 2017, please let me know! 1. The Next Four Years: Keep Moving Forward Before the 2016 election, our country was in a totally different place than it … Continue reading Ten Ways Putnam Consulting Got It Right in 2016
Philanthropy and nonprofit leaders will continue jumping on tools and tactics, when strategy and judgment are needed. That’s the first philanthropy trend I predict for 2015, and I will share four more in the coming weeks. Let me give you a few examples of what I mean: 1 – Infographics: I’m all for finding visual and creative ways to educate people, but for the past few years people have jumped on the infographic bandwagon as if it were a solution for all information sharing. As a result, I’ve seen documents so crammed full of graphics and percentages they make my head spin. Not everything needs an infographic. 2 – Crowdfunding: I had a foundation program officer recently tell me that … Continue reading Philanthropy Needs Strategy and Judgment, Not Tools and Tactics
Since publishing my first list of “90 Foundations That Tweet” in July 2009, I’ve been sporadically keeping track of foundations, foundation staff, and funder networks that are joining Twitter. I’ve created the Philanthropy411 List of Foundations and Funder Networks on Twitter (Part 1 and Part 2), which at the time of this post publication has 607 Twitter users. I’ve kept this list private and am now making it public for anyone to follow. There are other resources for finding foundations on Twitter that you should definitely check out. This includes: The Foundation Center’s fabulous Glass Pockets site, which provides links to foundations that seek to be transparent using social media and other tools, such as their Facebook pages, blogs, Twitter … Continue reading Philanthropy411 List of Foundations and Funder Networks on Twitter
The Philanthropy411 Blog Team recently covered the Council on Foundations Annual Conference, as well as some of the pre-conference affinity group events such as Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Annual Meeting and the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy National Conference. Below please find a list of and links to all posts published for this event. The Council on Foundations also had a blog team, and you should definitely check out their blog coverage too. 1. Your Blog Team at Council on Foundations 2011 By: Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President of Putnam Community Investment Consulting 2. EPIP Provides Support and Opportunity for Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy by Rusty Stahl, Executive Director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President of Putnam Community … Continue reading 36 Terrific Blog Posts Covering the 2011 Council on Foundations Conference
Philanthropy411, is currently covering the Council on Foundations conference with the help of a blog team. This is a guest post by Jorge Cino, Social Media Fellow, at the Levi Strauss Foundation. by Jorge Cino Note: You can access the first part of this post here. While in Philadelphia for the national conferences of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and the Council on Foundations, I shared the Levi Strauss Foundation’s social media strategy with other emerging colleagues. Most were surprised to know we focused our efforts on blogging and not on “viral” tools like Twitter and Facebook. I explained that, like Beth Kanter suggests in her book, “The Networked Nonprofit,” we prefer to narrow our focus on one element of social … Continue reading Bringing A Narrative Eye to Philanthropy – Part 2
This blog was written by Brenton Gieser, and was posted on his website, brentongieser.com, on December 31, 2010. We are re-posting it here with his permission. A little over a month ago I began a stint as a consultant with Rec.fm, a new start-up out of the valley that is dedicated to merging social commerce with cause donations. A month later I am becoming more and more aware of the Non-Profit landscape and the themes of creativity and innovation. The majority of the charities I talked to sparked from a possibility, an idea that would make the world a better place…most got to where they are today through innovation and ingenuity. Rec.fm is based on an idea that we direct a slice of the billions of dollars … Continue reading How Rec.fm Can Change the World
Philanthropy411 recently covered the Communications Network 2010 Fall Conference with the help of a blog team. Altogether there were 41 conference attendees who tweeted, blogged and conducted on the spot video interviews about the latest developments and challenges in effective foundation communications. Below is a list of all blog posts published for this event, and you can check out highlights from the video interviews here. A great is example is this video of Daniel Silverman, Director of Communications at one of our favorite clients, The James Irvine Foundation, discussing what he learned about “crowdsourcing” at the conference. 1. Announcing the Communications Network Conference Blog Team! By Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President of Putnam Community Investment Consulting; Twitter: @philanthropy411 2. Translating the Philanthropy and … Continue reading Latest Ideas About Philanthropy Communication