Leading Forward: Innovations in Philanthropy Webinar Series

Monday, March 17, 2014

Next month, the Council on Foundations and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are kicking off a new webinar series on issues affecting philanthropy at a national level. Titled Leading Forward: Innovations in Philanthropy, the webinars will focus on three topics that are contributing to the changing landscape of philanthropy, and presenting new opportunities for the field to take a leadership role:

April 3, 2014

  • The Practices and Opportunities of Big Data in Philanthropy

May 29, 2014

  • Blurred Lines and New Approaches to Working with Business, Nonprofits, and Government

September 25, 2014

  • Best Practices in Place-Based Philanthropy

This collaboration is a continuation of the 2012 series highlighting Organizational Effectiveness. To access previous webinars visit our website.

Below you can find more information about our Leading Forward series. We invite you to register today!

The Practices and Opportunities of Big Data in Philanthropy

April 3, 2014, 2:00-3:30pm EDT

'Big Data' is a hot topic in philanthropy. But what does it actually represent, and how can foundations be most effective in using this data to help inform and advance their work? The first installment of our Leading Forward webinar series will highlight different ways foundations are using Big Data, and how Big Data is being used more broadly to provide insights into the state of the philanthropic field.

Moderator:  Lucy Bernholz, Visiting Scholar, Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Digital Civil Society Lab) and Visiting Scholar, David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Speakers: Larry McGill, Vice President for Research, Foundation Center
Paul Tarini, Senior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Blurred Lines and New Approaches to Working with Business, Nonprofits, and Government

May 29, 2014, 2:00-3:30pm EDT

As communities are being asked to address growing social challenges with diminishing resources, the field of philanthropy is placing increasing emphasis on collaboration with businesses, nonprofits, and government in its work for the common good. The webinar will examine the dynamic role of philanthropy as a convener, catalyst, collaborator, and partner across a wide and diverse range of issue and interests.


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Best Practices in Place-Based Philanthropy

September 25, 2014, 2:00-3:30pm EDT

Communities across the country are experiencing rapid demographic shifts, and foundations that use  place-based giving strategies must adapt their grantmaking to recognize these changes. Leaders across various foundation types will discuss the definition of place-based philanthropy, its challenges and advantages, and the approaches that have worked.

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