2013 Annual Meeting: Philanthropy Unsettled

Thursday, November 21, 2013 (All day)
The Knight Conference Center at The Newseum
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 Following the 2013 Annual Meeting, Tamara sent these remarks to our attendees:
I want to thank you for joining us at WRAG’s 2013 annual meeting, Philanthropy Unsettled. I always leave these meetings feeling inspired and reenergized. We sold every seat in the house this year - our largest gathering ever - and the vibrancy of such an engaged crowd was exciting. 
Having had a few days to reflect on the event, I'd like to share some quick thoughts. 
I appreciated luncheon speaker Dr. Emmett Carson's frankness about the state of the social sector. Nearly all of us raised our hands when he asked if our missions include words like "improve" and "enhance." The unsettling truth, he pointed out, is that most of us aren't accomplishing our missions. He gave us much to consider as we try to realize our roles as change agents. 
At our business meeting earlier in the day, the Meyer Foundation's Julie Rogers delivered a heartfelt reflection on the region's philanthropic and nonprofit communities to a packed room of friends and colleagues. Julie doesn't fit Dr. Carson’s example. Throughout her career she has been a model agent for change in our region, and she imparted her wisdom about pragmatism, leadership, and sustainability. 
And, at our VIP reception on Wednesday evening, special guest Patty Stonesifer presented a fascinating perspective on the social sector. With a career that has led her from the world's largest private foundation to one of our finest local nonprofit organizations, she shared ideas about how philanthropy can maximize impact beyond dollars. 
There were many other highlights – Step Afrika!'s performance, the release of our giving report, the announcement of enhancements to our convening group structure, and quirky and creative table centerpieces from artist Karen Brown. We are also lucky to have elected four great leaders to our board - Lindsey Buss (World Bank Group), and Desiree Griffin-Moore (The Community Foundation for Prince George's County), Debbi Jarvis (Pepco), and Yanique Redwood (Consumer Health Foundation). 
Thank you again for helping make this year’s annual meeting special. 
- Tamara Copeland
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