Upcoming Webinars

Join us for a discussion on the role of a funder relative to the local community when working in place, and address additional challenges when initiating a place-based initiative. Hear about lessons learned from The Aspen Institute and Neighborhood Funders Group’s Towards a Better Place Conference including how others have dealt with the various challenges involved in place-based grantmaking, and advice from the field on how to improve upon current practices.

July 2015 is the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This groundbreaking legislation provided an important keystone in America's commitment to civil rights. Despite 25 years of progress, people with disabilities still have higher poverty rates, lower employment, and poorer educational outcomes than those without disabilities. Hear what the Kessler Foundation and University of NH researchers learned from their survey of 3,000 people with disabilities who shared their workplace experiences. The learning from this National Employment and Disability Survey can provide new information and valuable insights to inform foundations' diversity and inclusion strategies for their own workplaces and for grantmaking.

Governments, multinationals, businesses, and individuals are increasingly organizing to take action in response to climate change. Foundations can play an active role in this growing movement. Join us on July 22, at 2 pm ET to hear from leaders in the Divest/Invest Movement about how you can take part.

August is quickly approaching, and our Members of Congress will soon be back in their home states and districts. Building and nurturing relationships with your lawmakers is important because it provides the opportunity to share with them the meaningful work you are doing in their communities. As commentators, academics, and even some policymakers express skepticism about philanthropy, it is imperative for all of us to demonstrate the impact of philanthropy and convey its value in the lives of their constituents. In preparation for August recess, this webinar will offer insight for strategically engaging with your Members of Congress—including a refreshed edition of the Advocacy Toolkit.

Foundations looking to leverage more impact from their charitable dollars are increasingly looking to mission related investments as a key tool. But how can this powerful strategy be deployed alongside the place-based mission of a community foundation?

Effectively engaging in place based philanthropy requires the need to rethink various aspects of the organizational set-up such as: the role of the program officer and other key staff, the way you develop metrics and evaluation tools to measure success, and the ways in which you involve community in the work. Listen to colleagues share experiences of transitioning from short and long term strategies to being more initiative-based, and ways in which they were able to get buy in from board, staff and community members.

Building viable partnerships with other funders and local government when giving in place can lead to pooled resources and wrap around services for a larger impact within a given community. However, with many voices at the table, sometimes garnering the necessary momentum and buy-in can be a slow process, or potentially a non-starter. Join us as we take a look at how some funders have successfully partnered with other entities in their local communities and examine how funder consortiums such as Living Cities could serve as an example for the philanthropic sector.