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Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:04
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:00
Last year’s Council on Foundations Annual Meeting was held before the Occupy Wall Street movement highlighted the role and power of corporate America in this nation’s wealth divide. Even then, according to Chris Pinney of the Aspen Institute, one of the researchers behind the new Council report on...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 09:56
Let me introduce myself: I’m a young leader and a passionate advocate for social justice. I’m well into my second year as executive director of Social Justice Fund, a regional progressive public foundation. I’m an innovator. Since starting my role, I have implemented a new model of grassroots...
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...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 09:12
The Council on Foundations Annual Conference brings together grantmakers from all over the world to learn from each other and discuss best practices and critical issues in philanthropy. There is something for everyone at this conference, and the energy of all of us together is powerful and...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 09:07
Especially in our current funding climate, partnership and authentic engagement with those we seek to serve is critical to ensuring that limited philanthropic resources are invested wisely and deliver the greatest possible impact for those most in need.
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 08:19
For the past two decades, the James A. Joseph Lecture has been one of the intellectual high points of the Council on Foundations Annual Conference. The list of past lecturers at this Association of Black Foundation Executives event helps make the case, not just Ambassador Joseph delivering the...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 08:09
During the second panel I attended, I really liked the New Field Foundation’s approach to grantmaking and their utilization of local advisers. It is very sensitive to every aspect of their work and the impact it has on all stakeholders. Bravo.
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 08:06
I attended a great panel this morning. It was called “The Future of Philanthropy and Development in the Pursuit of the Human Well-Being: An Update on the Bellagio Initiative.” The presenters were Asif Saleh, director of the BRAC Centre; Fabrice Serfati, managing director and CFO of IGNIA; Neelam...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 07:55
Conferences were a way of life in a previous career. The land of higher education was a vast and strange continent, but as a seasoned and wise elder I could pass seamlessly among the inhabitants. Academics who would barely speak to colleagues in their ivy-covered ivory towers turned into animated...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 07:43
Don’t get me wrong: I love Madonna. Really, I do. But for a while there, anytime I searched the topic of global philanthropy, the only news that surfaced focused on Madonna and her effort to build a number of schools in Malawi. I’m not saying it’s not important or that she’s not doing great work,...
Posted Date: Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:13
In mid-March, following the news that Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a warlord from the DRC, had been convicted of war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC), activists lauded the long-awaited verdict, calling on the ICC and the Congolese government to implement the arrest warrants of others who...
Posted Date: Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:59
There’s an African proverb that says “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” That’s true in life and true in philanthropy. Grantmakers are dedicated to working with nonprofits and community organizations to address the toughest challenges. There’s no doubt that...
Posted Date: Fri, 02/22/2013 - 15:09
In celebration of International Corporate Philanthropy Day (ICPD), February's #PhilChat will convene some of the most prominent corporate giving programs to explore the role businesses are playing in communities around the world through philanthropic efforts. ICPD, which falls on the fourth...
Posted Date: Fri, 02/22/2013 - 15:08
More than 200 leaders from private, family, and corporate foundations and grantmaking associations will convene in Washington, D.C., March 21–22 to show lawmakers and federal agency officials how unique partnerships between foundations and government are one model for economic success in many...

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