Posted Date: Mon, 03/04/2013 - 08:38
It was suggested in a half-joking manner that I should write a blog on my last day at the Council. At first I dismissed it, thinking it would be cheesy. I could write about the great colleagues I worked with, the knowledge of philanthropy I gained, or the numerous relationships I developed in the field. But then I realized maybe there is some value in asking the question: What happens when your foundation’s social media guy leaves?
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 09:47
Each one of us has 86,400 seconds per day to live, work, love, play and/or fritter away. Indeed time is the nonrenewable resource. Threaded through the last weeks, I have reached out to colleagues in the foundation sector to be sure that my time at the Council of Foundations Annual Conference is leveraged to build connective tissue. At The Patterson Foundation we strive to learn from the best and brightest to “build connective tissue to create new realities.” My dance card is full (yes, I am showing my age with that analogy) with opportunities to immerse with other “passionaries” as we toil to make positive change in the world.
Posted Date: Wed, 02/20/2013 - 10:04
As I am now days away from my one-year anniversary at the Council, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the state of the Re: Philanthropy blog and where we go from here.
Posted Date: Tue, 02/19/2013 - 15:43
TIME magazine provocatively named “The Protester” as its 2011 “Person of the Year” for its riveting influence on last year’s social and political unfolding in Egypt, Syria, and Wall Street. As courageous citizens connected with each other to express dissent and organize public actions, social media tools spurred activism and social change in unprecedented ways.
Posted Date: Tue, 02/19/2013 - 13:59
Attending this week’s annual Knight Foundation Media Learning Seminar in Miami, we were struck not only by how much has been accomplished by the Knight Community Information Challenge (KCIC), but also by how much the conversation has evolved. It was just a few years ago that Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, announced the KCIC and its Knight Information Challenge Grant program during the Council on Foundations Fall Conference for Community Foundations. This open invitation encouraged community foundations and other place-based funders to help local community media discover and define their community’s information needs.
Posted Date: Tue, 02/19/2013 - 13:43
I had the pleasure of presenting as part of a panel on social media at the Council on Foundations’ Family Philanthropy Conference in Miami. The session, “Tools of Engagement: Family Dynamics and Social Networking,” covered social networking as a critical piece of a foundation’s communications strategy.
Posted Date: Thu, 02/14/2013 - 15:26
I used to question the value of conferences. They are expensive when you add up the flights, hotels, meals – Isn’t that money better spent on programmatic work that directly serves our grantees? As foundations we rightly and continually scrutinize our administrative expenses. We owe that to our donors and grantees.
Posted Date: Wed, 02/13/2013 - 16:32
On Thursday, the Council held its fourth monthly Twitter Chat - or #PhilChat - in partnership with the Chronicle of Philanthropy to pose the question: Is Philanthropy Succeeding in Rural America? With more than 30 active participants and 300 tweets, it proved to be one of most successful #PhilChats to date. Not just quantitatively, but in the number of important takeaways for the sector.
Posted Date: Mon, 02/11/2013 - 15:17
I’ve long been wary about in-house videos. Because, let’s face it, videos can be tough to pull off. So it was with some trepidation that we decided not just to make our first set of short videos this year, but to feature them at our 25th anniversary annual meeting-indeed, to make them the centerpiece of the program for the afternoon.
Posted Date: Tue, 12/27/2011 - 00:00
Elizabeth Douglass, the web services associate at the Council, shares her experiences teaching students “from nations with emerging technological infrastructures,” as well as what she has learned in the process. It is a story of how philanthropy at the local community level can also have an international impact.