Professional Development

The Council on Foundations is proud to release the 2013 Grantmakers Salary Tables. This annual publication is one of the most comprehensive sets of data on U.S. foundations’ staff compensation available. The release of the Salary Tables preludes the upcoming Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Report, which will go into greater detail about benefits packages offered at the nation’s foundations and corporate giving programs. - See more at: http://www.cof.org/content/announcing-2013-grantmakers-salary-and-benefits-report-salary-tables#sthash.Z2Eld9Lr.dpuf

In this Issue: Up on Capitol Hill, a focus on foreign policy overshadows tax reform this week; Tax Reform Tour continues; Another week, another tidbit on the IRS probe; Council on Foundations' Fall Conference for Community Foundations, Public Policy is on the Agenda!; Great Pre-Conference programming in San Diego on Sunday, September 22nd; Helping your Community Recover after a Natural Disaster; Working with Veterans; We're looking for your input; Articles that crossed our desk this week; More great opinion pieces

The study and practice of leadership has been on my mind for the past several months. Since July, I’ve been fortunate to participate in the Career Pathways Program through the Council on Foundations.

I recently had the opportunity to connect with several young nonprofit professionals at a lunch meeting. After learning about issues several were facing that ended up complicating work with grantees, I immediately suggested several free technology tools that could streamline their current work.

For today’s post, we’ve asked two leaders to weigh in on topics of interest to young, growing community foundations. Their organizations—Kern Community Foundation and The Community Foundation of Mendocino County—participated in Community Foundations Initiative II, a multiyear initiative by The James Irvine Foundation to accelerate the growth and leadership of a group of emerging community foundations in rural parts of California.

While I have enjoyed making the contacts and hanging out in the CEO track sessions, I decided to session hop on Monday afternoon. I found, that while well meaning, the CEO air was a tad rarefied and discussion aimed high-brow as my colleagues discussed high-impact investments and donor embeddedness with a hint of detachment. Not a judgment, just an observation. In my previous life in higher education and the social justice movement, I used to get so frustrated with colleagues who only spoke with like-minded individuals. The discussion would be insular, myopic, and peppered with gross over-generalization. (Please know I’m being dramatic for contrast, not indictment.) So it was time to take my own advice and seek other discussions and points of view.

After my time at the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) conference this past week, I walked away with a lot of reflection points. What struck me most about the conversations I experienced, both during the sessions and with colleagues, was that they were not just about vision, change, and success in philanthropy. They also were about being conscious of the things that can inspire us to do better, both today and in the future.