Capacity building is a concept we can all get behind. Both grantseekers and grantmakers know this is the base for long term sustainability and organizational effectiveness. So why does it continue to be so elusive in our sector and what’s the latest thinking on what is really needed and how best to make it happen? At this event, we heard the latest insights from the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s (CEP) 2018 report, Strengthening Grantees, where findings demonstrate there is a Needs Gap between what nonprofits request funding for compared to their actual needs. We also heard firsthand...
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Goals, agenda, & resources for Session 3.
How do we move a cross-racial set of voters toward believing in and fighting for racial and economic justice? How can narrative change bring us closer to advancing shared opportunity and prosperity for all Californians? Nationally-recognized researcher and communications strategist Anat Shenker-Osorio has reframed the debate, leading to progressive victories on a wide range of issues from clean energy to criminal justice reform. Join us for this special session to hear findings from the empirically tested Race Class Narrative and how it’s been applied to win social justice victories across...
Because stories are powerful, and because they are wholly owned by the person who shares them, we have an ethical obligation to use story in ways that do no harm. Our goal should be to lift, not exploit. Only when we use story ethically can people to be heard, respected, and celebrated. This workshop goes beyond storytelling, and explores the ethics of asking for stories, attempting narrative change, and collecting, analyzing, and labeling stories. Participants will reflect on, refine, and plan for increasing the ethical approaches to their own work with story. Guided by Thaler’s expertise...
Ableism: a social attitude that having a disability makes someone a less valued member of society. It assumes that the ways able–bodied people live are the best ways to live. In addition to grantmaking, advocacy funders play a critical role in advancing social justice: agenda-setting and shifting narratives. But while more and more disabled people are being included in philanthropy, funders often overlook ableism as an area of structural discrimination, even here in the Bay Area where disability civil rights were born. Because many funders' understanding of ableism continues...
Given the scale of social, economic and environmental crises our communities are facing, it is hopeful to see foundations making bold shifts to their grantmaking. Yet funders committed to justice recognize that grant dollars alone are not enough to manifest the kind of transformation needed to create a better future for people experiencing systemic oppression. In recent years, the philanthropic field has begun to reckon with the reality that most foundations’ endowments are invested in ways that are out of alignment with their values, exacerbating the very problems that their grant dollars...
Goals, agenda, & resources for Session 4.
The Bay Area Health Funders Group, the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, and the California HealthCare Foundation hosted an in-depth discussion of the progress we’ve made on health equity policy priorities in 2019, what’s on the horizon for 2020, and how to help communities prepare for the many changes taking place. They explored how philanthropy can respond, and what role it can play in supporting positive policy change.
Philanthropy supports community and policy partners to change hearts and minds and improve quality of life. The solutions funded can be as diverse as the people innovating them, so a critical step in grantmaking is gaining an understanding of the values and belief systems driving an organization’s work. In a world where a nonprofit “elevator pitch” has become as honed as a startup, due diligence must go beyond verifying tax status to include scrutiny, policies and procedures that screen out hate groups. In particular, we must understand how white nationalist ideology paints itself in terms of...
October 14-15, 2020 Los Altos, CA
September 17, 2020 | All day Pleasant Hill, CA
In this first conversation about adaptive leadership, we heard from two seasoned leadership development professionals and philanthropic peers the art of tending to ourselves as a prerequisite for more effective social change. We explored how to cultivate self-awareness, self-regulation, new perspectives, and generative ways of working and working together. To watch a recording of the webinar, please click here .
August 13, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT Webinar
September 3, 2020 | 9:00 am - 10:15 am PT Webinar
August 22, 2020 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am PT Webinar
September 26, 2020 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am PT Webinar
September 17, 2020 | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm PT Virtual Summit
August 13, 2020 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT Webinar