Council & Member News Feed

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...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:24
“Roles that I’ve played.” Geena Davis opened her remarks during this morning’s plenary session by stating that her philanthropy is often rooted in roles that she has played. It struck a chord for me. My research agenda around HIV and AIDS in the 1990s also showed that exposure and a family...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:23
Investing in people feels very good. Carrie Avery of the Durfee Foundation, the moderator of the session “Supporting Individuals as Innovators and Change Agents,” described these types of programs as the “R & D” of the nonprofit sector. How do foundations invest in people?
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:13
This year’s Paul Ylvisaker Public Policy Award winner, Linda Reed, president and CEO of the Montana Community Foundation, delivered a formal talk on the relationship of rural philanthropy and public policy. Given that Reed was talking about Montana, where there are only three communities with...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:10
After my time at the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) conference this past week, I walked away with a lot of reflection points. What struck me most about the conversations I experienced, both during the sessions and with colleagues, was that they were not just about vision, change, and...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:07
Saturday was wonderful preconference kick-off to what will undoubtedly be another great Council on Foundations event. Collaboration, common agendas, and community engagement were key themes for both the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) and Global Grantmakers. Each group delivered...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 14:04
Panels of talking heads during conferences are all well and good, especially when they are saying something of importance that we don’t know. However the audiences at Council on Foundations conferences often have knowledge and perspectives that are just as interesting as the speakers. At today’s...
Posted Date: Mon, 02/25/2013 - 10:18
The beginning of opening session is just a few short minutes away. I arrive early to find a seat while trying to avoid the strobe light clearly flashing above my head. As I loiter in the lobby, here are some general impressions thus far.
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...