Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 2:45pm
Several years ago, the Council on Foundations Board made a decision that I have felt for some time needed to be revisited. We voted to approve a new membership model that we thought would ensure long term financial health for the Council. The outcome of that decision, however, did not play out in the manner we anticipated. In fact, the new dues structure had an adverse impact on a number of our members, particularly small and medium sized foundations as well as community foundations, many of whom were priced out of the Council community. While this was never the Board’s intention, we take responsibility for causing these valued members to feel alienated from the Council community.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 10:30am
How can foundations better anticipate ways in which the world is changing around them? This is a challenge for every organization functioning in what the military has termed a "VUCA world." The acronym refers to an operating environment characterized by Volatility, Uncertainty, Change and Ambiguity. For decades now, I have worked with senior business executives to help their organizations spot, anticipate and remain resilient in the face of VUCA challenges.
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 11:30am
Career Pathways Cohort, Brian Dixon shares his vision on the Future of Philanthropy
Monday, June 10, 2019 - 1:00pm
Sharnita Johnson shares her journey to leadership in philanthropy and participation in the 2019 Career Pathways cohort.
Friday, June 7, 2019 - 9:00am
"Have a great day and let your sun shine!" These are my departing words for my 8-year-old daughter every morning at drop off. It’s my rally cry hoping she unleashes her true self on the world (well, ok, her second-grade classroom) in everything she does.
Monday, June 3, 2019 - 2:20pm
Lee Bynum discusses philanthropy and participation in the 2019 Career Pathways cohort.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:55pm
What an incredible announcement on May 19 by billionaire and philanthropist Robert F. Smith who pledged to pay off the student loans of all 2019 Morehouse College graduates. How great for these students. However, as some observe, this incredible gesture of generosity may have a downside in the form of a potential tax bill for the students receiving the debt forgiveness.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 12:10pm
How can we, as resource providers in the development and humanitarian assistance spaces, shift our focus from isolated capacity improvements to systemic, cascading change driven by leaders on the frontlines? This work begins with exploring the current power dynamics in our relationships with local actors, and redefining our role as true partners.