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Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:25
As the daughter of a Vietnam veteran, and a veteran myself, the challenges those who serve face when they come home are topics near and dear to my heart.
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:23
As foundations continue to assess where they can maximize the social return on their charitable investments, many are looking at issues of gender norms and equity.
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:18
It took many long hours—and hundreds of e-mails—to get to this point, but we finally, officially, proudly launched the Next Gen Donors report at last week’s Council on Foundations Family Philanthropy Conference in San Jose. This launch represents the culmination of more than a year of data...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:16
Who can argue with Bill Gates and his call for a more thoughtful and holistic approach to measurement? It sounds like a simple equation: If you want to achieve progress, you set a clear goal and find a measure, or measures, that will drive progress toward that goal.
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:13
We as a field have become and are encouraged to become increasingly “strategic” in our efforts. There is literature on the subject; we hold conferences and conference sessions on it. But, for all this strategy, are we more effective as a result? I would say not as much as we could be.
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:11
“Family foundations evolve, so they need to be able to evolve.”—Kelin Gersick, author, Generations of Giving As I participated in the preconference transitions workshop at this week’s Council on Foundations Family Philanthropy Conference in San Jose, I was struck by the simple truth of this...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:07
Earlier this month, I joined the Council on Foundations after following a rather unique road in government relations, the law, and public policy. I’ve worked in all three sectors: public, private, and now independent. From my perspective, this new opportunity—this leap of faith that I’ve taken—is...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:06
This year’s Council on Foundations Family Philanthropy Conference is challenging those of us in family philanthropy to consider how systems thinking applies to our work. At the opening plenary, David Peter Stroh from Bridgeway Partners defined a system as “an interconnected set of elements...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:02
The central piece of the vision for the Council on Foundations 2013 Family Philanthropy Conference is found in our theme of “systems thinking.” To be most effective and find the right approaches given our capacities we need to understand how these systems are affecting the issues we care about,...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 17:58
It’s no accident that the Council on Foundations 2013 Family Philanthropy Conference takes place this week in Silicon Valley. This is Ground Zero for technological innovation. Ideas birthed here have changed—and continue to change—the world.
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 17:56
At a pivotal historical moment, family foundations are poised to address matters of racial equity, inclusion, and diversity to enhance their impact. These concerns are central to any thematic area a family foundation would address in its programming. Health, education, income and wealth, and any...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 17:54
Blessed are the family foundations graced with harmonious board interaction, for they may be focused on their grantmaking. Running through case studies in preparation for our session at this month’s Council on Foundations Family Philanthropy Conference in San Jose, I am struck by the power of a...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 17:52
Today, 600,000 high-tech manufacturing jobs remain open in the United States and more than 82 percent of manufacturers report that these jobs are unfilled because they can’t find people with the necessary skills. More specifically, according to a Manufacturing Institute survey, there is a critical...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 17:49
In 2012 there were further signs that the once staid tradition of employees taking part in annual workplace giving campaigns has been upended by digital technology, younger workers with new ideas, and the need for more engagement between employers and employees. Those are the preliminary findings...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 17:20
If you’re a busy professional, you may be interested in locating apps that can help you be more effective. But with more than 700,000 apps currently available in Google Play, finding the right ones to install on your Android phone can be difficult. With that being said, here are five free apps I’d...

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