Democratizing Philanthropy Through Community Foundations – Part 2

Democratizing Philanthropy Through Community Foundations – Part 2

In my last post, I looked at three definitions of the phrase democratizing philanthropy:  1) expanding and connecting the base, 2) expanding access to the establishment, and 3) redistributing philanthropic power and ownership. All three definitions could describe a community foundation’s hope to be “the community’s foundation.” There are two related terms worth noting, both [...]

Democratizing Philanthropy Through Community Foundations – part 1

Thanks to my consulting work for the National Center for Family Philanthropy and Ekstrom Alley Clontz & Associates, I’ve been spending more time tuned into the field of community foundations. I still hear variations on the phrase “we want to be the community’s foundation.” This core value of democratized, accessible, community-owned, philanthropy dates to the [...]

Is the Value of Place Declining in Philanthropy?

Is the Value of Place Declining in Philanthropy?

All of us walk around with default lenses through which we view the world. The lenses are created through our experiences and relationships, the communities and cultures in which we’re raised, and more. When we’re at our best, we’re able to separate when those default lenses provide helpful perspectives and when they limit our thinking. One of my [...]

Signals from the Future? (part 1)

Signals from the Future? (part 1)

Over the summer, I read a number of reports and articles that tracked trends in philanthropy. These “signals from the future” are the basis for a small series of blog posts. In June, the Monitor Institute released the What’s Next for Community Philanthropy toolkit for community foundations and their peers. The toolkit kicks off with [...]