Shifting Practices, Sharing Power: Moving From Vision to Reality Workshop Series

Shifting Practices, Sharing Power:
Moving From Vision to Reality

Two-thirds of foundations in the US cited “difficulty in predicting future scenarios” as their biggest operational pain point and more than 8 in 10 foundations said that they are “considering new grantees and/or programming areas,” according to a survey of approximately 250 foundations conducted for the 2020 Shifting Practices, Sharing Power report by Council on Foundations, Philanthropy California, and Dalberg Advisors

To support our members in meeting these challenges, the Council on Foundations and Philanthropy CA teamed up with Dalberg to offer a series of complimentary training workshops for foundation staff. 

Each workshop was led by senior Dalberg Advisors partners with experience working with a wide range of foundations in strategic planning, scenario analysis, and racial and gender equity. 


Workshop Series

Future-Proofing Your Portfolio: A Quick Guide to Scenario Planning for Foundations

 

 

As our world becomes more uncertain, planning for the future becomes more important, but also more difficult. This interactive workshop introduces fundamental tools used in scenario analysis and risk management and shows how foundations can apply these tools to predict how economic, social/political, and environmental changes might affect their community partners and their beneficiaries. It also provides guidance for making contingency plans to respond to possible dramatic changes in their operating environment.

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Exploring New Spaces: A Quick Guide to Evaluating Potential New Programmatic Areas

 

 

Many foundations are exploring potential new programs in response to the pandemic, racial reckoning, and threats to our democracy, among many other challenges.  This workshop introduces a structured, efficient process that foundations can use to quickly learn ‘the lay of the land’ in potential new spaces and identifies how they can complement – and learn from – the efforts of others as they seek to generate meaningful, measurable impact.

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Bringing a Racial Equity Lens to Foundation Strategy

 

 

Bringing a Racial Equity Lens to Foundation Strategy session co-led by Dalberg Advisors and Common Future, shares reflections and best practices from the field based on their work with different foundations. Dalberg Advisors has supported several foundations in strategic planning, scenario analysis, and racial and gender equity. Common Future is a national intermediary that has helped more than 60 foundations, at the place-based and national levels, to align their grantmaking and investment portfolios towards mission-aligned, community-led solutions. 

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