Justin Davis selected as ABFE Fellow

We’re happy to announce that Justin Davis, our program coordinator f]]>Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE). He’s one of ten African Americans foundation professionals throughout the nation to be inlcuded in this cohort. The fellows program is designed to “promote the professional mobility and visibility” of blacks in the philanthropic sector through personalized executive coaching, mentoring, and learning community discussions. …

Foundation-Nonprofit Partnerships: Fact or Fiction?

Here’s an interesting article sent by our friends at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (who just celebrated their 35th anniversary with a bouyant reception at the Kapor Center). In the NCRP’s latest quarterly journal, Jan Masaoka, a Bay Area doyenne of nonprofit organizational management, offers suggestions for addressing the foundation/nonprofit power differential head-on. Save the occasional snarky wise crack, …

NCG Column: Coming Into Your Own

In a bit of cross-purposing (and at the risk of shamefaced self-referencing), check out the opening column for the summer edition of Northern California Grantmakers’ newsletter, the theme of which is Coming Into Your Own. For each newsletter, the wonderful folks at NCG ask a member to write a welcome message, and I had the honor this past month. On …

New LPFI Report: “The Voice of Nonprofit Talent: Perceptions of Diversity in the Workplace”

Yesterday, we were happy to see the Level Playing Field Institute‘s new report, “The Voice of Nonprofit Talent: Perceptions of Diversity in the Workplace” get top billing in the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s daily update. Please check out this timely piece by our colleagues at Kapor Enterprises and its implications for building, sustaining and growing diverse organizations. Here’s a small excerpt to …

Philanthropy on Trial!

Greetings from Philadelphia, PA. Justin and I are in town attending a slate of conferences and just presented to a very engaged audience at the Dream Deferred Conference about the College Bound Brotherhood.  I just raced back downtown to attend a committee meeting at the Council on Foundations, whose national conference is happening right now as well. You might want …

Know an Outstanding Leader? $125k Awaits!

The James Irvine Foundation is looking for a few good leaders: Do you know an innovative, effective leader who is working to improve California’s future? Nominate him or her for a James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award by clicking here. The award includes $125,000 in organizational support plus assistance connecting with policymakers and practitioners in the field. The nominations process has …

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Efforts Underway

Last Friday, March 11, 2011, Sendai, Japan was devastated by a 9.0 MW earthquake followed by a powerful tsunami that decimated the lives and homes of thousands of people.  The earthquake also triggered a series of other catastrophic events including a dam collapse and extensive damage to a group of nuclear power plants in Fukushima, with fear mounting in the …

Nonprofits and Money Rules

Throughout my career in the nonprofit and foundation sectors, I’ve constantly been annoyed by the notion that we’re second-tier workers doing lesser priority work, compared to our corporate/for-profit/”real job” counterparts. We give too much credence to the formula of nonprofit = charity = hand-me-down = second-class. I even had to correct a visitor whom I overhead saying that the Kapor …