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Posted Date: Wed, 02/27/2013 - 10:09
Today is International Workers Day, celebrated around the world as a commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Massacre. Although President Grover Cleveland moved our Labor Day to September because of worries about the radical connotations of May 1, the day remains an important rallying point for labor,...
Posted Date: Wed, 02/27/2013 - 10:06
Feeling stagnant? Overwhelmed with today’s societal problems? Concerned we’re not making progress and reaching our full potential? Well, please find solace in knowing that global philanthropy is growing by leaps and bounds. In fact, we’re giving birth to a new and improved philanthropy that will be...
Posted Date: Wed, 02/27/2013 - 10:05
At the end of the morning discussion about the power of celebrities in support of causes they care about on day two of the conference, we got a beautiful surprise: the high, sweet, and brilliant tones of Robert Vijay Gupta’s violin reverberating throughout the ballroom. When he concluded his piece...
Posted Date: Wed, 02/27/2013 - 09:54
“Many people who are being left behind are from communities being left behind. If we don’t come to terms with the racial divide, we will cause a generational divide,” said Angela Glover Blackwell. Wow. What a great way to get the blood pumping at the morning plenary. Well spoken, politely heard,...
Posted Date: Tue, 02/26/2013 - 16:01
At this morning’s plenary on the closing day of the 2012 Annual Conference, moderator Kai Ryssdal (host and senior editor, NPR’s Marketplace) facilitated an insightful panel discussion about America’s “vanishing” middle class and how philanthropy can help. Presenters Angela Glover Blackwell,...
Posted Date: Tue, 02/26/2013 - 15:55
As someone who studies philanthropy, I listen with a particular set of ears to accounts of innovative work by grantmakers, including the many fascinating stories at the Council’s Annual Conference this week. Listening with these ears can be helpful at times, really annoying at others.
Posted Date: Tue, 02/26/2013 - 15:52
For early risers yesterday, the Council’s corporate members hosted a discussion and brainstorming around a just-released report “Increasing Impact, Enhancing Value: A Practitioner’s Guide to Leading Corporate Philanthropy” (available at www.cof.org/corporateguide). The conclusion of the report -...
Posted Date: Tue, 02/26/2013 - 15:16
Nowhere is the impact of U.S. deindustrialization and a shifting economic base more apparent than in south Los Angeles. Yesterday’s off-site visit to the neighborhood revealed the ways that changing demographics and economic challenges are deeply intertwined.
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:46
I am one of the fortunate practitioners new to philanthropy who was able to attend both the EPIP and Council conferences this year in L.A. At EPIP, I was also lucky to see Dr. Bob Ross speak about the state of philanthropy. Dr. Ross is the CEO of The California Endowment, and among the many...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:43
While I have enjoyed making the contacts and hanging out in the CEO track sessions, I decided to session hop on Monday afternoon. I found, that while well meaning, the CEO air was a tad rarefied and discussion aimed high-brow as my colleagues discussed high-impact investments and donor...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:41
Here are some interesting facts: * Obesity is the second leading cause of death in the United States. * Sixty-nine percent of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. * Thirty-two percent of children in the United States are overweight or obese. * Twenty-four million people in the...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:39
Foundations in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Detroit have faced conditions before and after crises that are all but unimaginable. For example, Detroit has enough vacant and unused land to fit inside San Francisco, more vacant land than any city in the U.S. except for post-Katrina New Orleans, a...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:37
If there is an epicenter of the decline of a city and its loss of an economic base, the candidates start with Detroit, where the population has plummeted 25 percent in the last decade to 714,000–this for a city whose population was 1.85 million in 1950. The city now has an extraordinarily high...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 15:09
What an amazing first day of the conference! From the compelling opening plenary on the role of philanthropy in rebuilding communities to the terrific dance party with Ozomatli during the evening reception, there is a palpable feeling of excitement for what still remains to come at the conference.
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:50
Here are some key messages that are a theme at this year’s Annual Conference: * Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration! * Reaching out to others broadens our impact. * To be “better together,” we must practice mutual respect and tolerance. These messages are almost common sense, right...

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