going on in and around your network...
Need professional development? We've negotiated a $250 discount for WG members on Advanced Grants Portfolio Management (March 18-19, Washington, DC), which can be
combined with EPIP and Alumni discounts. Take advantage of this high-level learning opportunity from The
1) Philanthropy In/Sight is Foundation Center data plus Google Maps. Pretty neat. See patterns
of giving and funding relationships, and overlay demographic data to reveal impact and needs. WG
members can use this resource for free through September, 2010. Soon, we'll ask you what you
Access the tool from the member home page of our website, where you'll find a link to an
instructional webinar. We're also preparing a short demonstration of this tool to give during
upcoming Working and Affinity Group meetings.
2) Report: "What do
grantees think of funder collaboratives?" (Grantcraft, Jan. 2010), with five lessons for
funders. I think our community is ahead of the curve on some of this, but interesting reading
WG member profiles. We love these and
hope you're enjoying them, too. (If you're interested in being profiled, please email Nick.)
Keeping you informed - After our annual meeting, we read reviews from some members who
didn't feel caught up on all that's going on at Washington Grantmakers. To remedy that we've reworked
our newsletter format, which now includes updates from Working Groups and
Reminder: Dues are due before March 31. Please contact Katy
Moore (202.939.3436) with questions or if you need a copy of your 2010 invoice.
46 members have joined or renewed their memberships in 2010! [Have you?
See the list.]
Working Group &
Affinity Group Updates
- Health Working Group - Join HWG tomorrow (Feb. 26) for Aaron Wernham, M.D., MS, director of the Health Impact Project. He'll explain
how health impact assessments ("HIAs") are useful to your work as a funder. Email email@example.com to participate by webinar.
- Community Development Support Collaborative - "Upgrade for Uplift" (UFU)
is a capacity-building project of CDSC and the
Howard University Center for Urban Progress (CUP). The project focuses on leadership development,
organizational development, program development, and community engagement. Info here. If you know
of organizations that meet the criteria, please let them know!
- Family Philanthropy Affinity Group — This year, we're reviving our "Family to
Family" lunch series. The 2010 dates and speakers are almost set. Trustees, be on the lookout for
your invitation in the next few weeks! Also, be sure to register for this month's teleconference: The Right Ways to Handle Conflicts of Interest.
- Children, Youth & Families Working Group - Last month, experts gave CYF an update on after-school programming in DCPS and their progress at
collecting and using data to measure student achievement and improve the quality of after-school
programs. (View PPT presentation here.)
- Public Education Working Group - PEWG continues to liaise between local non-profits and DCPS around the Department of Education's
Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund, through a process created by PEWG members, DCPS and the DC Public
Education Fund. A review committee comprised of representatives of each group is evaluating nonprofit
submissions, and we will convene funders and non-profits next week.
- Working Group on Aging - After our successful "Debunking the Myths" event,
WGA members are now meeting individually with local government leaders of Aging
offices. The more we understand the regional issues, the better we can work to align policies and
programs that create healthy aging pathways, especially for low-income elderly.
- Arts and Humanities Working Group - Each month, a member of the AHWG will explore why the arts and humanities are Essential. Integral. Intrinsic... and why they simply can't play second fiddle to
other priorities in a bad economy.
- Corporate Philanthropy Affinity Group — We're celebrating International
Corporate Philanthropy Day! Meet a few of our corporate
philanthropists. Also, remember to register for The Future of CSR: Understanding My Role in a Changing Profession on March 9!
- Northern Virginia Funders — After getting snowed out, we've rescheduled the
NoVA Funders' Breakfast for April 13th at Deloitte. Registrations are
- The Washington AIDS Partnership will soon release "Outside the City: How the
Washington, DC Suburbs Respond to HIV/AIDS." Look for it in April.
- The Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership at Georgetown University is hosting its
Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program Open House on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 from
5:30-7:30pm... designed to strengthen the leadership and management capacity of mid-to-senior level
staff, board members, government and foundation grant makers, career transitioners, and others
working with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. For more information about the Open House
and to RSVP, please visit http://cpnl.georgetown.edu/rsvp.cfm?rsvp_id=32.
- The 2010 Grants Managers Network conference will be held March 15-17 in Baltimore,
Info and registration here.
New Models for Philanthropy: CEOs Discuss Change
By Tamara Copeland, President, Washington Grantmakers
Last year, WG convened CEOs with a clear goal—to discuss the impact of the economic downturn on
their organizations and on their philanthropy. At yesterday's gathering, the goal wasn't as crisply
defined. We asked about trends that CEOs are seeing in philanthropy and in the needs of the region,
and about how we can improve our philanthropy.
Wow. The group didn't move quietly or slowly into that topic. The almost 30 CEOs convened
jumped in with an almost unanimous undercurrent: why are we still doing philanthropy as we always
have? The world has changed and its needs have changed. Can we be more efficient, more effective and
more strategic? Yes, was the enthusiastic answer as the group began to explore the traditional
practices and thinking that are trapping us in a way of working that no longer works.
After the meeting, emails came in from many of the participants applauding the meeting. One
FANTASTIC meeting and conversation—got my juices going. And I LOVED the fact
that there were so many newer and younger people there... Great connections; great
Now, to the details: How can CEOs build on what they already know to benefit the network as a whole
and philanthropy in our region, in general? Participants agreed that more and deeper conversations
were needed to examine new models for philanthropy. They want them and they're ready to engage in
them. Yesterday felt like a watershed moment and I'm excited about what this portends for our region.
More to come!
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