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Posted Date: Tue, 03/05/2013 - 10:41
El Pomar Foundation began preparing to respond to one of the worst natural disasters in Colorado history 10 years before the first sign of smoke in Waldo Canyon. In June 2002, the Hayman fire ripped through four Colorado counties, consuming more than 137,000 acres. While those flames were still...
Posted Date: Tue, 03/05/2013 - 10:33
In an earlier post, Susanne Norgard, executive director of The Community Foundation of Mendocino County (where I serve as board president), mentioned that no board member “walks into a community foundation fully understanding what we do and the impact we can make.” She’s right: Learning about the...
Posted Date: Mon, 03/04/2013 - 16:11
The prevalence of computers in modern society has led to a greater need for technology-based curricula and wired classrooms for students of all levels. Top online PhD programs are now available, but some primary schools don’t have a single computer. As a result, companies and organizations...
Posted Date: Mon, 03/04/2013 - 16:09
One year on from last summer’s riots, the Olympics present an important opportunity to harness the potential of sport for good. Sport can be a powerful tool for improving social outcomes: promoting good physical and mental health, reducing crime and bringing communities together. Yet, while...
Posted Date: Mon, 03/04/2013 - 15:50
Several months ago, I received an opportunity not afforded every emerging philanthropist—I attended the Council on Foundations Annual Conference, which gives newer professionals a platform to interact with seasoned persons in the field and newcomers alike. As the Fall Conference for Community...
Posted Date: Mon, 03/04/2013 - 15:48
Collaborating for greater impact starts with nonprofit leaders who develop wide-reaching social networks, communicate clearly about their missions and objectives, and are flexible about how those objectives are met. Funders are uniquely positioned to recognize these leaders and create greater...
Posted Date: Mon, 03/04/2013 - 15:45
I recently attended a conference and between brochures, pamphlets, and folders, I amassed quite a bit of print material. Upon viewing the stack, I wondered: Why does information transfer require so much paper? For those who are interested in going green for their own events, here are four ideas to...
Posted Date: Mon, 03/04/2013 - 15:35
In our role at FSG, we are professional advocates for strategy as an essential aspect of leadership to advance community solutions. Why does strategy matter? The “you can’t be all things to all people” message is one of the simplest refrains—in the words of Michael Porter, this concept is “...
Posted Date: Mon, 03/04/2013 - 15:31
June 29, 2012 marked the third anniversary of the sentencing of Bernard Madoff, mastermind of the largest ever Ponzi scheme in U.S. history. Hundreds of investors lost more than $13 billion to Madoff, including many foundations, some of which had to shut down as a result of their investments.
Posted Date: Mon, 03/04/2013 - 15:27
As expected, this month’s Rio+20 conference and the People’s Summit were vast and challenging to navigate, with more than 500 side events to the official conference. Luckily, the orientation webinar and the breakfast briefings organized by the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, the...
Posted Date: Mon, 03/04/2013 - 15:05
If one can accept that mega confabs such as Rio+20 are inevitably about more talks, then the text (outcome) of the negotiating document that was finalized at about 3 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19, will not be surprising (or shocking). At yesterday’s breakfast briefing for funders on inside strategies...
Posted Date: Mon, 03/04/2013 - 14:56
In his acceptance speech for the 2012 Nicholas P. Bollman Award for leaders who inspire through values and actions, Claudio Martinez, executive director of Boston’s Hyde Square Task Force, reminded an audience of nearly 200 funders that the “journey to become visible is still too hard to travel.”
Posted Date: Mon, 03/04/2013 - 14:51
Many of the men and women who shaped the world over the course of history, from Mozart to Albert Einstein to Steve Jobs, have done so by thinking well outside the sphere of traditional education. Famously, each of these men had some issues with authority, and it’s hard to imagine any of them...
Posted Date: Mon, 03/04/2013 - 14:06
A well-respected colleague and I recently had a troubling conversation. While we agreed that we are entering into a new era of corporate philanthropy, we found ourselves in a circular conversation with no shared platform to speak from about our differing strategies to achieve the triple bottom...
Posted Date: Mon, 03/04/2013 - 13:54
We are marking the first anniversary of Philanthropy’s Promise with a wonderful milestone: 125 leading U.S. foundations that represent a total of more than $3.37 billion in annual giving have pledged to prioritize the needs and promote the democratic participation of underserved communities such as...

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