Innovative Grantmaking

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of attending a conference put on by the Grants Managers Network whose role is to “improv[e] grantmaking by advancing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of grants management professionals and by leading grantmakers to adopt and incorporate effective practices that benefit the philanthropic community.”  Over the course of 2 and a half days, I …

The Nonprofit Sector: Diversification of the Field

This week, Cedric forwarded me a recent CompassPoint article entitled “What about the Next Generation of Leaders of Color? Advancing Multicultural Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector.”  The leadership vacuum in the nonprofit sector with particular emphasis on the lack of future leaders of color has been a hot topic for the last few years. Some statistics cited in the article …

We’re honored…

Last Saturday, the Mitchell Kapor Foundation received a Community Partner Award from 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Inc., one of our Black Boys College Bound Initiative (BBCBI) grantees. The award was part of the organization’s Annual Fundraising & Awards Gala celebrating their 20th anniversary, various individuals and organizations that have made a positive impact on their work, and …

Making Philanthropy Work, Together

Community change is built through collaboration, trust, and vision. Foundations are committed to these principles and are actively working together to understand our role in building change. Instead of functioning as individual entities, we are looking to each other as partners in order to better support the efforts of community based organizations. CARMEN: The Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN) …

Leveling the Playing Field

Last Friday, October 17th, I attended the Level Playing Field Institute‘s (LPFI) Annual Fairness Matters Gala event, which honored Dr. Tyrone Hayes and Justice Matters Institute for their work in creating opportunities for students of color within California. A core grantee of the Mitchell Kapor Foundation, LPFI was founded in 2001 by Dr. Freada Kapor Klein and “promotes innovative approaches …

Mainstreaming Green

The notion of a green economy is one of the hottest topics today. There have long been crusaders for humans to live more sustainably with Mother Earth—from Native cultures to Al Gore’s recent book & film, An Inconvenient Truth. But, there has been a notable shift in the movement towards ‘mainstreaming green’ such that things like sustainable buildings and composting …

Rocking the vote!

This year, more than ever, underrepresented people of color have come out in record numbers to get involved in the national political process. The Mitchell Kapor Foundation is thrilled to be able to support the efforts of organizations that have done much in the way of amplifying that involvement and in helping to make sure that all our votes are …

Showcasing Progress

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend an event sponsored by one of our BBCBI grantees, Reality Mentor, Inc.  With a theme of “We Believe in You,” the organization celebrated its Black Boys College Bound Mentoring Program that provides black teenage boys with mentoring, youth leadership development, and college readiness activities to help them succeed in high school …

Introducing…

Hello, Everyone!  I am Tiffany Price, the new Grantee Advocate for the Mitchell Kapor Foundation.  I’m so excited to be starting on a new and exciting adventure to amplify and reinforce our commitment to serving low-income communities and communities of color.  Because we want to work more closely with our grantee organizations in new and strategic ways and also seek …