On the Road, End of the Year

Just returned from a full week on the East Coast, where I experienced weather-related lows and highs (24F in Washington and 86F in Miami) and attended two mightily impactful meetings. The Funders Committee for Civic Participation winter convening was chock full o’ learning and strategizing opportunities. Yours truly had the honor and pleasure of not only attending my first meeting …

Too many nonprofits?

Hmm. Just came across this New York Times article, “Grab Bag of Charities Grows, Along with U.S. Tax Breaks.” The angle is that “Experts say nonprofits are skillfully exploiting the tax code’s broad and elastic definition of what constitutes such a charity…The $300 billion donated to charities last year cost the federal government more than $50 billion in lost tax …

Jobs, jobs, jobs

Over the past week, a few job announcements have come into my mailbox. Thought I’d compile distribute them. Please send broadly to those who might be qualified. I’m especially interested in promoting the ED position at our sister organization, Level Playing Field Institute. Let’s find some great people for these organizations and efforts! Level Playing Field Institute: Executive Director;  Education …

Building Alliances Step by Step

Juliet Ellis of Urban Habitat invited me to attend the recent National Black & Latino Summit, held in Los Angeles earlier this week. The Summit, sponsored by PolicyLink and the William Velazquez Institute, was the initial gathering to set an agenda for building alliances between African American and Latino/Hispanic communities, capitalizing on the perhaps unprecedented levels of excitement and mobilization …

Celebrating Historic Leadership

Benjamin Jealous is preparing to take the helm of the NAACP as the youngest President in the organization’s 100+ year history. The Foundation, together with Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy and Northern California Grantmakers, hosted a fantastic reception at the Museum of the African Diaspora to share well wishes and good luck to our Bay Area colleague. Photos by Aled …