Upcoming Programs

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Laying the Groundwork for Catalytic Philanthropy

The current crisis can offer the perfect moment to make a significant change. Lean funders who are catalytic have shifted their philanthropy from a transactional, year-to-year practice of reviewing proposals and writing checks, to a more transformational enterprise that engages people and stakeholders over years or decades. In this three-part Learning Lab, you will develop... Read More

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Non-Family Staff of Family Foundations

Back in June, we kicked off Virtual Roundtables with non-family staff at family foundations, and we invite you back today. Join your peers to discuss the unique challenges you face in your role as a non-family staff member of a family foundation. Virtual Roundtables are a unique member-only opportunity to keep vital connections within our... Read More

Exponent Event

Laying the Groundwork for Catalytic Philanthropy

The current crisis can offer the perfect moment to make a significant change. Lean funders who are catalytic have shifted their philanthropy from a transactional, year-to-year practice of reviewing proposals and writing checks, to a more transformational enterprise that engages people and stakeholders over years or decades. In this three-part Learning Lab, you will develop... Read More

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Module 1: Position Yourself for Catalytic Philanthropy

Delve into the critical first steps on the journey to catalytic philanthropy – the inner work and mindset shifts that are essential for transformation. In this module, you will discover how to find focus, develop unity of purpose as a lean funder, and nurture board leadership. And recognize the power of your non-grant assets such... Read More

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Module 2: Streamline, Let Go, and Engage with Your Community

Engaging with grantees and community members, in person or virtually, is essential to learning and developing relationships—key drivers of catalytic philanthropy. The first step is streamlining and prioritizing your work in order to free up time to build these essential relationships. Learning Objectives  Take stock of how you currently spend time accomplishing your work. Name... Read More

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Module 3: Understand the System

Investing time to learn about the ecosystem of your issue or community empowers you to identify gaps and leverage points for change. Hear how funders with few or no staff can begin scanning effectively, synthesize, and reflect upon their learning, focus on actionable knowledge, and discern opportunities for outsized impact. Keeping your ear to the... Read More

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Civil Dialogue

Today we’ll consider how philanthropy might encourage or cultivate more civil dialogue in our communities and country. Thought leaders in the field of civil dialogue will kick off our conversations by sharing observations about trends they are seeing in the field and how philanthropy is (or is not) responding. Virtual Roundtables are a unique member-only... Read More