Archive for the ‘Videos’ Category

In philanthropy we know that storytelling is a critical way to illustrate impact. A new video, “Post 9/11: The Impact of a Funder Collaborative,” tells the tale of what we learned through the Civic Engagement Fund (CEF). The CEF is a collaborative fund that supports little-understood communities that were propelled to the spotlight after 9/11, [...]

I’ve long been wary about in-house videos. Because, let’s face it, videos can be tough to pull off. So it was with some trepidation that we decided not just to make our first set of short videos this year, but to feature them at our 25th anniversary annual meeting-indeed, to make them the centerpiece of [...]

As a community foundation, we are always talking about our role connecting “people who care” with “causes that matter.” When we award grants from our funds, people don’t usually know who’s behind the fund name-and they should! It’s time we tell our fund founders’ stories. So we created some public service announcements to bring donors’ [...]

“Civil society has to play a major role in dealing with these challenges – the non-governmental sector here and around the world – because there are, as there always will be, gaps between what government on its own and the private sector on its own will do and can do and because, frankly, there are [...]

“We’ve got quite enough ink spelt and quite enough air spent on ‘what’ and ‘how much’ but when it’s all said and done, when you and I’ve finished our work, when we look back on it, our success will be determined more than anything else on how well we answered the ‘how’ question,” said the [...]

“I’m a great believer in one of the lessons that I learned in my first Wall Street job: In God we trust; everyone else – bring data,” said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the Wednesday annual conference plenary.

“We don’t intend to reinvent the wheel. We want to borrow from what you and others have learned and use it to advance this agenda,” said Melody Barnes, director of the White House domestic policy council, at the Tuesday annual conference plenary.

“At CDC we’ve seen that partnering with foundations is a very important part of our preparedness mission,” said Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at the Tuesday annual conference plenary.

“We must and will tap into your expertise and knowledge because making our country healthier, preventing disease and improving services for children and families will take all of us working together,” said Kathleen Sebelius in her first public address as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services at the Tuesday annual conference plenary.

“I’ve been deeply impressed by something called the ‘Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy’ that might serve as a model for generative green philanthropy today,” said Dr. Robert Franklin, President of Morehouse College, at the opening plenary of the Council on Foundations annual conference.

“It is time for the foundation community to get in trouble – good trouble,” Representative John Lewis said to 1,300 Council on Foundations conference attendees.
And read Emmett Carson’s post on the address.

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