Archive for the ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ Category

While folks here in California are no strangers to the earth moving beneath their feet, they are currently witnessing a seismic shift of another kind. Earlier this year, for the first time, the population of Latinos in California equaled the number of whites. And by early 2014, California will likely become the second state in [...]

For better or worse, the field of philanthropy is inundated with reports. My swelling “to-read” pile is the root cause of seemingly intractable clutter in my office.
Amid this cacophony, Advancing Human Rights: The State of Global Foundation Grantmaking warrants our attention. On its part, the International Human Rights Funders Group deserves kudos for culling rich [...]

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, [...]

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.
It’s a leadership program that has been designed to prepare candidates to compete for and earn positions as philanthropic leaders. The [...]

As foundations continue to assess where they can maximize the social return on their charitable investments, many are looking at issues of gender norms and equity.
While gender may impact every issue a funder addresses, often grantees and staff aren’t challenged to do innovative, intersectional work that connects race, class, and gender. For instance, differential treatment [...]

At a pivotal historical moment, family foundations are poised to address matters of racial equity, inclusion, and diversity to enhance their impact. These concerns are central to any thematic area a family foundation would address in its programming. Health, education, income and wealth, and any range of other issues are characterized by persistent disparities among [...]

Saturday was wonderful preconference kick-off to what will undoubtedly be another great Council on Foundations event. Collaboration, common agendas, and community engagement were key themes for both the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) and Global Grantmakers. Each group delivered thought-provoking, inspiring programming - but unfortunately I was forced to choose between sessions.  Similar to [...]

For the past two decades, the James A. Joseph Lecture has been one of the intellectual high points of the Council on Foundations Annual Conference. The list of past lecturers at this Association of Black Foundation Executives event helps make the case, not just Ambassador Joseph delivering the first lecture in 1991 and again in [...]

I was a member of the third class of diversity fellows. I value many things about the fellowship. My top two are the structured opportunities for reflection and learning and the access the fellowship provided to the philanthropic field overall, a tremendous support network, and numerous growth opportunities.
The reflection started during the fellowship application process. [...]

Prior to starting as a Proteus Fund Diversity Fellow, I spent five years in my hometown serving the city that provided me with the platform to become an educated professional of color. In returning to my hometown of New Bedford, Mass., to serve its youth, I saw that the promise of an excellent public school [...]

I work with the program team at a regional education foundation, where it is often my job to provide feedback to applicants who were not selected to receive grants. These conversations are always difficult, but sometimes they can be particularly hard. I may find myself talking to a district superintendent, an educator with a doctoral [...]

At Proteus Fund we’ve pondered how to address the challenge of increasing the number of professionals of color working in philanthropy, not just to increase the diversity of faces around the table but to expand the life experiences and perspectives that foundation professionals bring to their decisions about funding. The Proteus Diversity Fellowship recruits talented [...]

Ten years ago, The Denver Foundation embarked upon an uncharted journey to help nonprofits and funders connect with communities of color. With the creation of the Expanding Nonprofit Inclusiveness Initiative (ENII) in 2001, and its evolution to the Inclusiveness Project in 2007, we quickly moved from focusing on diversity and numbers to supporting meaningful engagement through [...]

We’re often asked why so many of our educational and microfinance programs invest more heavily in women than men . . .
. . . after all, we love the exuberant energy of boys and the gentle strength of men. In our family of 30 members across 3 generations, we do have a few more [...]

The emergence of online services such as eHarmony, Match.com, and okcupid.com have forever changed the way that couples meet. I have thankfully been off the dating scene for 20 years, but I’ve marveled at the evolution of this industry which, from the comfortable confines of cyberdom, has been credited with the culmination of hundreds of [...]

As I prepare to conclude my leadership at the Council on Foundations, I’ve found myself looking back at my tenure. My goal is to get some sense of how much has changed and how much has stayed the same.
In August 2007 we gathered for the Council’s first Rural Philanthropy Conference in Missoula, Mont. This was [...]

Philanthropy, much as with other things today, has stepped on the accelerator in terms of becoming a global phenomenon. The amount of charitable donations going overseas and to US-based international programs has doubled since 2003, according to the Foundation Center. The rise of philanthropy among the world’s wealthiest in the most recent Forbes survey of [...]

*This piece is excerpted from Ms. Slack’s address delivered earlier this month at the closing session of the 2010-2011 Career Pathways program.
Good morning. I am honored and humbled to represent the first Career Pathways cohort. I’m so proud of my colleagues and our accomplishments . They truly represent the best and brightest in philanthropy. [...]

Speaking about race is uncomfortable and perplexing for many people inside philanthropy. Lori Villarosa of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity designed a workshop during the Council’s annual conference that contained more information and more depth than anyone might have expected and got at issues that few in philanthropic gatherings ever get close to. [...]

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
At this morning’s breakfast plenary on the closing day of the 2011 Annual Conference, Ambassador James Joseph reminded me of this statement from [...]

I recently attended the Council on Foundations CEO Summer Retreat in Los Angeles. Like most of you, I often question the value of yet another CEO get-together. I find myself weighing the value of what I “might” get out of participating in these types of events against the work I “would” accomplish if I stay [...]

Over the last five years, philanthropy, and our world in general, has confronted a number of challenges – from the Indonesian tsunami to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the earthquake in Haiti and the Gulf Coast oil spill to economic downturns, job loss, and poverty. Philanthropy has combined its resources and passion to address these epic [...]

It’s been almost two weeks since I was privileged to participate as a panelist in the Council on Foundations webinar entitled: “Diversity and Inclusion in Talent Acquisitions.”  To be direct, I was never sure that I was the right one to be on the panel. After all, I didn’t have earth-shattering information to share. In many [...]

Most career advice is geared to help people please others. The most effective career advice I’ve received has come in two forms: practical and deeply personal. We all need a combination of both to forge our “career pathways.”

Where would I be today professionally if not for the people along the way who nudged, some more firmly than others, and advised along my career pathway?  There was my first boss who was a gifted speaker, and stressed and demonstrated the importance of clarity, confidence and passion for professional success.  (He also told me [...]

This was the challenge issued by Lisa Parker, moderator of a robust discussion about the journey of women’s philanthropy, the successes and the lessons learned from both “heartbreaks” and triumphs. The session (Wind in Our Sails: Women Philanthropists Championing Women and Girls) brought together living legends in the women’s funding movement, including Tracy Gary, Linda [...]

The metaphor of drops in the ocean illustrates the point that the shape and movement of the ocean will never be the same when more drops are added. A drop may seem insignificant, but it’s the combination of many drops that an obvious multiplier effect occurs. Well today, a few more drops were added to [...]

[Editor’s Note: In November 2009, the Council hosted a celebration for its 60th Anniversary—60 years of service and leadership in philanthropy. As part of this celebration, several grantmakers shared their personal thoughts about the Council and the field of philanthropy. Here are comments from Nicole Robinson, the director of the Kraft Foods Foundation.]
I offer warm [...]

[Editor’s Note: On October 22, the Council hosted a “Leadership Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion in Philanthropy.” The convening brought together more than 50 foundation and nonprofit leaders, trustees, and search firm executives to discuss a newly released report—Career Pathways to Philanthropic Leadership. In this post, Katherine Jacobs, an expert on the nonprofit executive search [...]

[Editor’s Note: On October 22, the Council hosted a “Leadership Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion in Philanthropy.” The convening brought together more than 50 foundation and nonprofit leaders, trustees and search firm executives to discuss a newly released report—Career Pathways to Philanthropic Leadership. The event also included a panel discussion and participant Q & A. [...]

[Editor’s Note: On October 22, the Council hosted a “Leadership Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion in Philanthropy.” The convening brought together more than 50 foundation and nonprofit leaders, trustees, and search firm executives to discuss a newly released report—Career Pathways to Philanthropic Leadership. The event also included a panel discussion and participant Q &A. In [...]

[Editor’s Note: On October 22, the Council hosted a “Leadership Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion in Philanthropy.” The convening brought together more than 50 foundation and nonprofit leaders, trustees, and search firm executives to discuss a newly released report—Career Pathways to Philanthropic Leadership. The event also included a panel discussion and participant Q &A. In [...]

[Editor’s Note: On October 22, the Council hosted a “Leadership Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion in Philanthropy.” The convening brought together more than 50 foundation and nonprofit leaders, trustees, and search firm executives to discuss a newly released report—Career Pathways to Philanthropic Leadership. The event also included a panel discussion and participant Q &A. In [...]

This one’s personal.
I just finished participating in the Council’s leadership convening on diversity and inclusion in philanthropy, which brought together CEOs, trustees, executive search consultants, HR officers, and Council members.
The conversation was anchored by a report the Council released today—Career Pathways to Philanthropic Leadership 2009 Baseline Report, examining the characteristics of foundation and grantmaking executives [...]

[Editor's Note: We asked contributors for a final, reflective blog entry from the Atlanta conference. Here's what Roger had to say.]
A few days back from Atlanta, three impressions are sticking with me. One, the fierce commitment and incredible dynamism of John Lewis and Melody Barnes. They made so clear what a pivotal moment we’re at [...]

“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.

[Editor's Note: We asked contributors for a final, reflective blog entry from the Atlanta conference. Here's what Michael had to say.]
I was delighted this year to be able to bring our Program Associate, Kristin Ivie, with me to the Council on Foundation’s annual meeting in Atlanta. This is my fourth conference and my eighth year [...]

A quick exchange between two colleagues: Ophelia Basgal, Vice President, Civic Partnership and Community Initiatives, Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Lauren Purnell, Leadership Program MBA Associate, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Ophelia: So we heard in the session “A Continuum of Corporate Volunteerism” that millennials and gen xer’s volunteered in high school and college and now [...]

At the end of the day yesterday, I stood with a group of funders of color who were waiting for the shuttle and surveyed the scene around them.  One commented on how the composition of the room had changed drastically in 24 hours: “older, whiter, more male.”  Over the weekend, a number of diverse grantmakers [...]

When I thought about coming to COF this year I was energized by the “Inclusion” track. There were 9 sessions on diversity and inclusion and the effectiveness of being more diverse and inclusive of all. How exciting!
Yesterday I was on a panel on Diversity and Effectiveness ["Diversity and Effectiveness in Philanthropy: A Leadership Exchange on [...]

I have been thinking through a question that I heard from Joanne Florino, and thought I’d throw it out for discussion.  She asked “when, in our conversations about inclusiveness in philanthropy, are we going to start talking about how to introduce new wealth creators to the art and practice of good philanthropy”?  She went on [...]

In the session, “Diversity and Effectiveness in Philanthropy: A Leadership Exchange on Next Steps and Opportunities for the Field,” Foundation CEO’s  Carol Goss (Skillman), Sterling Speirn (W. K. Kellogg) and Diane Kaplan (Rasmuson Foundation), along with Aaron Dorfman, Executive Director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy spoke about their various efforts in diversity—the Diversity [...]

The session presenters, brought together by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigration and Refugees, made the case that the local efforts and the lessons they are learning around immigrant integration will influence and guide the national discussion on immigration. They indicated that the coalitions that are being developed between immigrant and non-immigrant groups is a relatively new [...]

[Covering ABFE Special Session]
On the beautiful campus of Morehouse College, Dr. John Powell of Ohio State University discussed the role of foundations in ensuring that poor communities and race sensitive strategies are considered with regard to the allocation of the Federal stimulus with members of ABFE (Association of Black Foundation Executives). He asked whether the [...]



Welcome to RE: Philanthropy! In this blog, guest and Council bloggers share ideas and insights on the most pressing issues in philanthropy. If you want to contribute, please contact webteam@cof.org.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Council on Foundations.

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Fred Dedrick
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Rene Cabral-Daniels
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Sue Bornick
sean
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Cheryl McKenna
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Timothy P. Silard
John Tyler
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Ambrose Clancy
Diane Miller
Sarah Gilbert
Lisa Philp
Microsoft Citizenship Team
Laura McKnight
Nicole Robinson
Brooke Bailey
Thomas Davis
Craig Cichy
Sophia Guevara
Pamela Flaherty
Michigan Rural Network
Tim Wilmot
Roslyn Tam
Diana Sieger
John Stremsterfer
Tony Macklin
Richard Sussman
Cris Stainbrook
Michael L. Batchelor