Bridging Divides

This report from the Council on Foundations and the Kettering Foundation summarizes a two-day symposium the two organizations convened in May 2018 to wrestle with these questions. A group of prominent foundation leaders working at the national, state, and community levels explored how philanthropy can narrow the gap between people and institutions, strengthen public engagement, build civic capacity, and generally bolster democratic norms and practices in the United States.

Bridging Divides focuses on how to strengthen philanthropy’s role as an effective bridge builder in a time when the need to bring together different perspectives is critical for advancing the common good.

Brennan Gould, president and CEO of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, reflects on the city a year after the "Unite the Right" rally, and discusses the importance of acknowledging and addressing inequality.

Henry Timms lays out a practical framework for understanding how power is shifting and provide you with some tools and techniques that will help you navigate the 21st century. From how to spread your ideas, to how to start a movement, to how to transform an organization, it is a practical guide to navigating our chaotic world. Learn how to harness these possibilities and apply them within your foundation, relationships, and community.

Leading Together 2019 is a gathering of leaders in philanthropy and other influencers in business, government, and academia eager to connect, learn, and share with one another. We take learning and relationships seriously. Talks go deep and connect dots. Connections are welcomed and real.

Henry Timms, co-author of the book New Power, will discuss a practical framework for understanding how power is shifting in our society and how to navigate today and in the future.