Having recently transitioned from the world of politics to that of ‘foundationland,’ I was excited to attend my first CoF Conference and help reaffirm in my own mind how foundations can play a more dynamic role in their local communities through a moderni
Last week I represented IISC as a presenter/facilitator in a “deep dive” session at the Council on Foundations Conference for Community Foundations.
Throughout the fall conference, I had been prefacing every comment or question, every new introduction, with “I’m brand new, only six weeks in as a program officer.” I heard many others, too, more than I expected, who are only a few months, or, in several
The Center for Effective Philanthropy recently released a report titled Working Well With Grantees, and as any program officer might expect, the importance of the relationships that nonprofit applicants and grantees have with program officers is crucial t
Government officials, philanthropists, and foundation staff often discuss the importance of providing services to our veterans and their families.
I attended the “What is place-based philanthropy?” site visit, and it got me thinking about the role of private business in community foundation projects.
A packed room came to hear how community foundations are successfully listening and responding to their communities. The work we heard about was innovative, sometimes controversial, and completely inspiring.
At the “Trends and Realities” plenary, the panelists all recognized economic issues in their communities as being among those things that kept them up at night.
Across the country, community foundations are recognizing the power of public policy work to advance their missions. Some do so by awarding grants for advocacy activities like public education and research. Others support nonprofits to lobby.
While folks here in California are no strangers to the earth moving beneath their feet, they are currently witnessing a seismic shift of another kind.