For those of us working in development and philanthropic and donor services at community foundations, the Fall Conference for Community Foundations was a wonderful opportunity to sit with colleagues and compare notes. We did just that during a roundtable session focused on engaging donors and their families in philanthropy.
Newsweek Senior Editor Daniel Gross dug into his fried chicken and mashed potatoes like a man facing a rapidly approaching deadline. His plenary session presentation at the Council on Foundations 2010 fall conference was only minutes away.
Broadband connectivity should be viewed not as a mere commodity but as a community resource as vital as water.
What do these numbers mean?
“That’s epic!,” said one of 50 attendees at Monday’s session, Mission Possible: Applying Community Leadership Principles to Complex Problems during the Council’s Fall Conference.
“Epic” referred to a 23-year journey by New York’s Rochester Area Community Foundation and its partners to bring our community’s early childhood education to its current top position nationally and [...]
What exactly is convergence? It really is an overused term. But I took a risk in using that word in our session title: Community Convergence: How to Leverage Resources in a Time of Great Economic Need. Barbara Kibbe, one of the speakers at Monday morning’s plenary session, inspired me. Everything she laid out about what’s [...]
This past weekend we commemorated the ninth anniversary of one of the most tragic days in our country’s history, September 11, and the attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the crash of United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. This year’s anniversary released a flood of memories about that day and of the establishment [...]
After seeing that Monica Patten, president and CEO of Community Foundations of Canada, would be a panelist at Measure Progress, Inspiring Action Through Key Indicator Projects, this session moved to the top of my must-attend list. I’ve been very interested in the Canadian Vital Signs project since I first learned of it in Montreal a [...]
Whenever I attend an interesting conference, the hardest decision I face is which concurrent session to attend. Therefore, I think the session presenters I choose owe it to me to be outstanding. I measure the success of a session by the following:
A-ha or eureka-type moments
Wishing sincerely that the session would continue for at least one [...]
In 2005, the Mott and Ford Foundations commissioned a report, “On the Brink of New Promise: The Future of U.S. Community Foundations,” which made some fairly significant predictions over the next 25 years. The general message was that the new measure of success for community foundations would be how effectively we engage our leaders [...]
Chances are you’re pulled in different directions as you juggle the ever-changing responsibilities and new initiatives associated with a community foundation. So should you bother with social media since you already have so much on your plate? As our community foundation leaders learned at the Fall Conference for Community Foundations in Charlotte this week, the [...]
I am here in Charlotte, N.C., along with 900-plus other eager learners representing community foundations from virtually every state and beyond. This morning’s opening session featured four speakers who highlighted a few trends that will influence our future.
Today, the Knight Foundation announced the third-round winners of the Knight Community Information Challenge grants program at the Council on Foundations Fall Conference for Community Foundations. The program helps community and place-based foundations support news and information projects.
Over the past 90 years, donors have established endowments at our foundation and directed us to use the spending from these endowments to address the changing needs of our community over time. This significant responsibility assumes that we will do everything in our power to leverage these most precious flexible dollars for maximum potential. Community [...]
Approximately 70 foundation leaders got off to an early start at the Council on Foundations fall conference during a Sunday Advanced Legal Seminar. While talking about federal tax law is not everybody’s idea of a good time on a weekend afternoon, attendees were provided with important details on the parameters of lobbying. Community foundations [...]
For an organization with nearly 50 percent of its assets in discretionary funds (either unrestricted or field of interest funds), we often discuss the sustainability of our model. Generational research tells us that younger donors may not be as trusting of institutions as their previous generations were—and that many of the younger donors prefer [...]
The Foundation For the Carolinas is a proud partner and host for the Fall Conference for Community Foundations September 13-15, 2010, in Charlotte.