Strengthening Communities

While 2020 has taught us a great deal, I am confident it has bolstered our commitment to see about change in our communities for the good of all. For this reason, I hope you pause this Thursday, which marks Community Foundation Week, (November 12-18th, 2020), to acknowledge the deep-rooted, influential, and meaningful organization you bring forth to the local community.

When the Council on Foundations published A Call to Action: Philanthropy’s Commitment during COVID-19 in March, the COVID-19 pandemic was in its early stages. Now, its impact has surpassed many of our worst fears, and an economic recession and long-standing racial injustices add to this moment of crisis. Foundations continue to strive to shift their practices across the world to improve how they work with their nonprofit partners and how to respond to crises. This blog explores how listening to communities can help global foundations respond to these challenging times, even those many miles removed from the communities they serve.

How can community foundations foster connections between donors and nonprofits advancing equity? Community foundations play a powerful role in connecting high net worth donors with local organizations working to advance community needs. This online learning session for community foundations shares findings from their research and facilitates discussion about how community foundations can foster connections between major donors and local organizations that lead to deeper relationships and increased support for community-based organizations.

A well-trained staff and an informed board are critical to the success of community foundations in our fast-changing world. This two-day course helps new and growing foundation stakeholders build the essential skills they need to balance governance and management with the broader understanding of community foundations within the philanthropic sector.

Explore how community philanthropy can candidly foster inclusive economies, unlock latent local talent to address our communities biggest challenges, and foster vibrant and resilient communities that are reflective of all people. This two part virtual Zoom webinar series is in response to the cancelled CFUnited: Power of Place Conference that was to be held in Detroit, Michigan this past April.