RE: Philanthropy Blog

Laura Tomasko
Posted Date: Mon, 06/30/2014 - 13:44
At the White House this week, foundation executives, including the Council’s President and CEO Vikki Spruill, met with senior Administration officials for a roundtable on the future of impact investing. A complement to charitable giving and foundation grantmaking, impact investing offers a powerful opportunity to provide cash, loans, or equity capital to an organization, fund, or company that intends to generate measurable social or environmental impacts, alongside financial returns.
Posted Date: Thu, 06/26/2014 - 16:28
Jenni Harris had driven by the Southwest Initiative Foundation thousands of times on her way to work, yet she never really knew what the organization did.
Posted Date: Wed, 06/25/2014 - 13:34
When Jessica David was wondering how to support her new hire, who was tasked with telling her foundation’s story online, she turned to her peers for advice.
Posted Date: Tue, 06/24/2014 - 14:44
With partnerships being very important in making the most of innovative ideas, how does one develop an authentic partnership? In a recent situation, I developed a partnership with several individuals to implement an idea at a large conference.
Posted Date: Thu, 06/19/2014 - 15:22
How can we engage older residents while tapping their expertise? In 2006, The New York Community Trust responded to an invitation from Atlantic Philanthropies offering challenge to get people over 60 involved as they improve life for everyone in their communities. Atlantic’s effort, called the Community Experience Partnership, used this tagline: “in the 60s they changed the world, in their 60s they might do it again.”
Posted Date: Tue, 06/17/2014 - 14:09
Isssues: Donor Engagement
At the Council on Foundations Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., some funders were expressing a move toward a new way of doing business with their grantees. Accountability has long been a theme in grantmaking. It has traditionally been top-down – foundations being held accountable to the people whose money they are spending and grantees being held accountable to the foundations.
Posted Date: Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:55
Isssues: Impact Investing
As a foundation whose roots trace back more than 80 years, reflection on the past is a key part of our process for moving forward. Are we staying true to the values and the intent of our late founder, Will Keith Kellogg, as we steward the resources he left to improve the lives of children and families? And can we employ new approaches to using those resources to maximize our impact on those he cared about most?
Posted Date: Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:02
Think back to high school. Senior year, let’s say. How did you spend the Sunday after your prom? Let me go out on a limb and guess that it wasn’t spent in a conference room, debating other high schoolers about which of 23 grant applicants would receive a total of $10,000 in grants.
Posted Date: Mon, 06/09/2014 - 23:09
The largest influx of veterans since the end of World War II will return to the workforce and college in the next several years. The surge is the result of military downsizing following wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and steep cuts to the Pentagon’s budget. As the nation heads into the Memorial Day weekend and seeks lasting ways to honor military service, we have some suggestions.
Posted Date: Mon, 06/09/2014 - 10:54
Can you be part of Yankeedom if you live in Minnesota? Have you ever been to “New France?” Are your grantees based in “El Norte?” Sunday’s opening plenary featured a provocative presentation from author Colin Woodard about 11 regional cultures that shape American life and politics, and that in his view explain enduring patterns of political polarization. He used the term “nations” to describe these cultures, but since there was only a passing mention to Native nations, who were a big part of the settlement process that Woodard traces, I prefer not to reinforce that confusion, and instead will focus on the regional cultures he discusses.

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