Owning a stake in your future
Last week, five Washington area funders - the Calvert Foundation, the Consumer Health Foundation, Prince Charitable Trusts, the Summit Fund of Washington, and the Kendeda Fund - hosted a special briefing on the Evergreen Cooperatives initiative that is underway in Cleveland, Ohio. Started by the Cleveland Foundation, this initiative marries worker-owned, for-profit cooperative businesses with services needed by the local community. This is an exciting idea that might hold promise for our region.
If you weren't able to attend the briefing, I had the chance to talk with the Cleveland Foundation's Ted Howard about the initiative and its implications for philanthropy - you can see the first of two videos here, and read an article on the project here.
In this issue of Giving Matters:
Washington Grantmakers announces new Vice President
Washington Grantmakers is excited to announce that Gretchen Greiner-Lott will be joining our team as Vice President.
As WRAG continues its work around Region Forward and aligned action, Gretchen's experience in the District of Columbia government over the last nine years - most recently as the Director of the Grants Division at the Office of the City Administrator - will be valuable in guiding our action.
Her experience with the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership at George Washington University will be important as we refine our Skills Building and Thought Leader series and look for other ways to enhance our efforts to enable our members to be effective and efficient grantmakers.
And her experience as a program officer at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritiz Foundation grounds her firmly in the Washington Grantmakers community.
We hope you'll join us in welcoming Gretchen. Her first day will be May 16th.
Thought Leader Recap
Philanthropist to Philanthropist 2011 kicks off
On Tuesday, Jeffrey Slavin (Sanford and Doris Slavin Foundation), Daniel Solomon (Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation, WG Board member) and Patty Alper were in attendance at the first installment of this year's Philanthropist to Philanthropist series. The program featured Dick Snowdon and his daughter Elizabeth (both of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation). An article about the event will appear in the next Giving Matters.
If you missed our last Thought Leader event - Can Failure Be the Key to Foundation Effectiveness? featuring Bob Hughes - be sure to read the recap on the WG Daily. [Read more.]
Save the Social Innovation Fund
At the beginning of this month, the Washington AIDS Partnership's Channing Wickham wrote a guest column for The Hill. Responding to calls from some members of Congress for the elimination of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), Channing says these calls are imprudent and discusses the program's positive impact on our region's fight against HIV/AIDS and the larger issue of government responsibility in addressing social needs. [Read the article.]
Where to be next Monday morning (not the office!)
Responding to the Region's Budget Crises
April 11, 2011 - 9am-11am | REGISTER (limited space remains)
We knew they were coming. But when the media started reporting the proposed budgets of local governments across the region, we gasped. And there is most certainly reason to worry. Each jurisdiction has proposed dire measures to close budget gaps - and the effects will ripple throughout the region.
Join us to hear the honest facts from a panel featuring budget wonks and local leaders, and engage in a discussion about what philanthropy must do to ensure that the needs of our region's residents will continue to be met. How can we go Beyond Dollars?
- Moderator: Melissa Bondi, Think Twice Before You Slice
- D.C.: Ed Lazere, DC Fiscal Policy Institute
- Fairfax: Kerrie Wilson, Reston Interfaith | Member, Nonprofit Northern Virginia
- Prince George's: Jerry Adams, Human Services Coalition
- Montgomery: Barbara Garlock, Interfaith Works | Member, Nonprofit Montgomery
Skills Building Workshop: Planning for Impact|
May 10, 2011 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
REGISTER | $75 for members
Is your foundation making the difference you thought it would?
Join Washington Grantmakers and the Association of Small Foundations to learn new strategies designed to prepare your foundation for making a meaningful and measurable impact. Co-facilitators Holli Rivera (Intentional Philanthropy, LLC) and Sara Beggs (Association of Small Foundations) will guide you through the essential questions to formulate a clear and thoughtful plan for leveraging available resources to achieve your desired impact.
This workshop will allow for hands-on work in small groups, peer mentoring, and coaching from faculty and will culminate with the tools that each of you will need to bring this framework and discussion back to your board.
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