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From the Department of Self-Promotion: Don’t usually like to toot my own horn like this, but if you’re in Philadelphia for the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and/or Council on Foundations conference the next few days, come check me out on these two panels. Have to say, having been involved in organizing these, we were able to get some pretty excellent speakers, I’m looking forward to two great sessions!

“The 3 I’s of Foundation Effectiveness: Information, Inclusion, and Influence”

Friday, April 8, 11:30am-1:30pm

EPIP National Conference

“Diesel” Room, Cira City CenterFunders have very different notions of what effectiveness means for foundations. Yet common definitions are possible. This session identifies how foundation effectiveness emerges from the confluence of three factors: information, inclusion, and influence. When foundations leverage the information they already have about their program areas and grantees and share it with a broader audience, they extend their reach.  When they practice inclusion in how decisions are made, how initiatives are designed, and who serves on their staffs and boards, they improve the quality of their work. And when they intentionally harness the influence they are already having in their communities, they strengthen their ability to make a difference. Come learn from funders who have leveraged information, inclusion, and influence to build their effectiveness, and get concrete advice on how to do the same in your own foundation.


Chris Cardona, Associate Director of Philanthropic Services, TCC Group

Bonnie Mazza, Consultant, TCC Group


Leo Canty, Former Board Chair, Connecticut Health Foundation

Vic De Luca, President, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation

Peter Goodwin, Chief Operating Officer & Treasurer, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

“Philanthropic Strategy: Too Much of a Good Thing?”

Sunday, April 10, 2:00-3:30pm

Council on Foundations Annual Conference

Liberty Salon B, Level 3, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

Traditionally, philanthropists trusted nonprofit organizations to know the issues and implement programs to address problems. Today, foundations are much more sophisticated in guiding their giving. They have expert staff and often devise the “solutions” they want to see implemented by grantees. But has the pendulum swung too far? Do foundations assume they know how to address problems better than those “on the ground”? Or are they being responsible fiduciaries in addressing complex problems?

Presenter(s): Denise McGregor Armbrister, Executive Director, Wachovia Regional Foundation; Jacob Harold, Program Officer for Philanthropy and Regional Grants, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Gary L. Yates, President and CEO, The California Wellness Foundation
Moderator(s): Chris Cardona, Associate Director of Philanthropy, TCC Group
Session Designer(s): Ashley Blanchard, Associate Director of Philanthropy, TCC Group


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