Gretchen Greiner-Lott, Vice President of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, offers her takeaways from a recent meeting between White House staff and Regional Association leaders on the topic of immigration.
10 Questions or Less is a feature through which we get to know regional association staff members a little better—their work, what drives them, and more. This week we talk with Dwayne Marshall, Director of Programs and Partnerships at the Southeastern Council of Foundations.
Guest post by Gail Pinkham, Director of Communications, Associated Grant Makers.
On May 31, an op-ed appeared in the New York Times, Who Will Watch the Charities?, from David Callahan, founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, calling for more oversight of the philanthropic sector and presents four ideas for reform. The Forum and Philanthropy New York, along with others in the field, have submitted responses over the past couple of days.
The gist of the product teams approach is recognizing that great technology is essential to delivering our programs and creating the impact we want to have in the world. Each key technology system is treated as a "product" and managed by a team comprised of both technology people and "domain experts" who bring in-the-trenches programmatic and business process knowledge. Most importantly, though, products are resourced and managed on a permanent, ongoing basis, not as one-time, "big-bang" initiatives.
In a guest blog post for the D5 Coalition, Debbie McKeon of the Council of Michigan Foundations reveals the genesis of CMF's successful "Is Your Foundation Leveraging the Power of Differences?" Discussion and Assessment Toolkit.
David Biemesderfer, Board Chair of the Forum and the President & CEO of the Florida Philanthropic Network discusses the power of the Forum Network to advance philanthropy and the recent success of Foundations on the Hill on the Center for Effective Philanthropy's blog.
Jessica Bearman of Project Streamline has a new blog post up on the Grants Managers Network's site concerning Letters of Inquiry (LOI) which provides clear goals for adopting an LOI program along with several strong examples in use by the field.
Guest post by Tiffany Langston, Multimedia Manager, Philanthropy New York
The last five years has been a time of experimentation in social media. Luckily for the Forum Network, we have 33 regional associations all running separate experiments, sharing data, and reporting back what works best so that we can all succeed in our social media goals, whether that’s amplifying member voices or achieving policy change through advocacy.