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In: Next Generation

10 Mar 2011

As the parent of two school-aged children, I get to see more than my fair share of children’s movies. My current favorite is “Horton Hears a Who.” Horton, the elephant, hears a small yell and realizes that an entire civilization of Whos lives on a speck of dust. He makes it his life’s purpose to [...]

[Editor's Note: We asked contributors for a final, reflective blog entry from the Atlanta conference. Here's what Trista had to say.]
Attending the Council on Foundation’s annual conference always reminds me how important it is to develop a strong professional network. The problems that we are tackling are bigger than any one foundation and it is [...]

I had the pleasure of attending the Next Gen party last night at the COF Conference. It is always a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues, eat some great food, and pick up Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy S.W.A.G. This year the party was hosted by COF as part of their work with the Next [...]

Throughout the COF Conference there has been two competing themes. One theme sounds a little bit like this: “it will take most foundations until 2017 to get to 2007 asset levels, assuming a healthy (and unlikely) 10% return.” The room groans and starts scribbling down numbers. People compare their investment strategies and then remind each [...]

In Monday’s session on Philanthropy’s Role in Linking Social and Personal Transformation, the transformation of individuals was described as a central strategy to creating social change. Foundations often shy away from the “soft” side of change, but by ignoring the individual you risk developing unsustainable movements. The speakers described how their organizations created an environment [...]

[Editor’s note: We asked contributors to tell us a question they think philanthropy needs to explore as the Atlanta conference begins. Here’s Trista’s answer.]
What is philanthropy’s role in improving systems vs. providing services? Foundations are often seen as reactive to societal problems, and our system of measuring effectiveness through countable outputs can lend itself to [...]



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