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Giving Done Right: A Fireside Chat with Phil Buchanan and Jacqueline Martinez Garcel

Monday, June 10, 2019 -
2:30pm to 5:30pm PDT
Google Community Space
188 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105
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Come join us for a unique conversation between Phil Buchanan, President of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, and Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO of the Latino Community Foundation. Buchanan and Martinez Garcel will explore the unique challenge of giving effectively. In his new book, Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count, Buchanan argues that, after years of rampant bad advice for donors from consultants, business school faculty, and other so-called experts – much of it rooted in inadequate analogies to business and investing – it’s time to cut through it all and help givers understand that effective philanthropy is a challenge like no other. Martinez Garcel and Buchanan will discuss what it takes to do it well, and what can be learned from the unique and crucial role giving and the nonprofit sector have played in this country. 

Receive a complimentary book if you are one of the first 100 people to register!


This event is suitable for a broad audience of institutional funders, individual donors, and advisors.

If you are not an NCG member, to register please create an account on the NCG website and login to register. If you are having any challenges, email for support. 


2:30-3:00  Arrive and Mingle

3:00-4:15    Introduction by Ellen LaPointe, President & CEO, Nothern California Grantmakers
                    Fireside Chat and Q&A with Phil Buchanan and Jacqueline Martinez Garcel 

 4:15-5:30   Reception 


Phil Buchanan, President, CEP

Phil Buchanan is a passionate advocate for the importance of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector and deeply committed to the cause of helping foundations and individual donors to maximize their impact. Hired in 2001 as the organization’s first chief executive, Phil has led the growth of CEP into the leading provider of data and insight on philanthropic effectiveness. CEP has been widely credited with bringing the voices of stakeholders to funders and with contributing to an increased emphasis on key elements of effectiveness.

Phil is author of Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count, released in the spring of 2019. He is co-author of many CEP research reports, a columnist for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and a frequent blogger for the CEP Blog. Phil is also co-founder of YouthTruth, an initiative of CEP’s designed to harness student perceptions to help educators and funders accelerate improvements in K–12 schools and classrooms. In 2016, he was named the Nonprofit Times “influencer of the year.” Phil serves on the board of directors of Philanthropy Massachusetts.

Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO,  Latino Community Foundation

Jacqueline Martinez Garcel is the CEO of the Latino Community Foundation (LCF). The mission of LCF is to unleash the power of Latinos in California. Jacqueline has led LCF through a critical stage of growth and expansion. Today, LCF leads one of the largest networks of Latino philanthropists in the country and it is the only statewide foundation solely focused on investing in Latino leaders. Jacqueline is driven by a sense of urgency, justice, and determination to create opportunities for Latinos to thrive economically and engage politically.

Previously, Jacqueline served as Vice President of the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth). As a founding staff member, she was a key advisor to the President and helped establish the foundation as a resource for policymakers and community leaders across the state. She also played a central role in developing the foundation’s program areas and developing partnerships with national and local foundations.

Prior to joining NYSHealth, Jacqueline served as the Executive Director of Community Voices in New York City. During her tenure, she developed, evaluated, and expanded programs to improve the health and quality of care for vulnerable populations.

Jacqueline has also served as a NIH fellow for the Merida Department of Public Health in Yucatan, Mexico, a faculty member for the Social Science Department of the Borough of Manhattan Community College, and an adjunct professor at the New York University Global Institute of Public Health. Jacqueline has been appointed to several Boards, including the Institute for Civic Leadership, NAMI-NYC Metro, and Grantmakers in Health. She currently serves on the KQED Community Advisory Panel and co-chairs the National Latino Funds Alliance (NLFA).

Jacqueline has published extensively on issues related to health equity, vulnerable populations, and community health workers. She holds a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. In her free time, Jacqueline enjoys hiking, cooking, writing, dancing merengue, and spending time with family and friends.

Ellen LaPointe, President & CEO, Northern California Grantmakers (Moderator)

As President and CEO, Ellen makes sure we know where we are going, have mapped a great (and hopefully scenic) route to get there, that our vehicle is working well and has enough gas, that people know our plans and how to join us on our journey, and that we celebrate our progress every time we pass another milestone and let our fellow travelers know when we find new and better ways to go.  She also makes sure we have good snacks.

Before coming to NCG, Ellen worked as VP of Strategic Partnerships at HopeLab, a health and technology-focused operating foundation funded by The Omidyar Group.  Prior to that, she was Executive Director of a national AIDS treatment information and advocacy organization, and practiced law at a large firm in San Francisco.

Ellen earned a BA in Community Health at Brown University and a law degree from UC Berkeley.  When not building community at work she does so with friends and family at home. Her introverted partner and adolescent son tolerate her cruise director tendencies with enormous grace.