Money for Our Movements

A few months ago, I shared a save the date for the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT)’s upcoming conference and my own reasons for valuing deeply GIFT’s community, work and vision on this blog. I’m happy to share that registration is now open for the 2012 Money for Our Movements conference. I look forward to seeing many of you …

The Crusade for Children: An Afternoon with Marian Wright Edelman

Yesterday, I had the privilege to attend an event hosted by Northern California Grantmakers and sponsored by the Rosenberg Foundation to highlight Marian Wright Edelman’s Black Community Crusade for Children.  Mrs. Edelman is the founder of Children’s Defense Fund, a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, and the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar.  It’s always inspirational …

Foundations: The Shift from Charitable to Strategic

Just came across this blog post, From Charitable Giving to Strategic Investing, which references last week’s Council on Foundations conference in Los Angeles. I immediately wanted to share this article because I love it! For the record, I can’t stand when the nonprofit organizations are labeled “charities” – that’s so buttoned-up-and-white-gloved old school, invoking a dated paradigm that positions nonprofit …

Positions Available – REDF

 REDF is a San Francisco-based venture philanthropy organization and one of our grant partners. They are in the midst of recruiting for several current and upcoming job openings ranging from entry-level to director positions. Check out the description details here.

Funders Explore Uncovering Hidden Bias

This past Wednesday, the Foundation hosted a briefing with Northern California Grantmakers as part of the Diversity in Philanthropy Series entitled Ultimate Fairness: Recognizing and Removing Hidden Biases. The goals of the briefing were to understand hidden bias through defining it, to learn about  research studies that have examined biases within the context of education and social equity, and to discuss how the …

Our Ability and Autonomy to be Givers and Fundraisers

On August 10th and 11th, the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) will once again hold their fourth biennial Money for Our Movements: A Social Justice Fundraising Conference at the Oakland Marriot. My own connection to GIFT spans years, dating back to my first grassroots fundraising training that I admittedly snuck into. Recently, I had the opportunity to share my …

The New Social Economy and What It Means to #ReCodeGood

Two weeks ago, I attended the Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) annual conference, “#ReCodeGood: A Look at the New Social Economy”. The conference provided a great opportunity to meet NCG’s newest board members and also featured a panel discussion with leading scholars and philanthropic experts, Lucy Bernholz and Rob Reich. These two have been leading efforts as part of the Project …

Full Circle Fund: My Two Cents

At the beginning of the month I had the honor of serving on a panel of presenters for the Full Circle Fund 2012 Kickoff, held at the San Francisco City Club. Full Circle Fund engages groups of donors around education, global economic opportunities, and environmental issues, enabling participants to give their time, talent, and treasure toward impactful nonprofits. My TED-style …

Glasspockets and Foundation Transparency

I’m happy to share that the Kapor Foundation is now listed among the foundations profiled on Glasspockets.org, an initiative of the Foundation Center that aims to “inspire private foundations to greater openness in their communications and increase understanding of best practices in foundation transparency and accountability in an online world,” among other goals. Each foundation profile lists links to easily …