April 12th, 2013
Tags: CoF Conference : communities : communities of color : social justice
D5’s session at COF’s Annual Conference in Chicago, Engaging the Heart and Mind of Philanthropy, was a call for change. A change in how philanthropy thinks about risk. A change in how philanthropy assumes change happens. And a change in the rules that govern how philanthropy does its work.
The opening COF panel of mayors focused on the challenges of gun violence; the D5 conversation highlighted the work being done in communities to address this issue and strategies for how philanthropy can play a role. A distinguished panel of leaders shared stories that were both clear and stark.
By Mary Ellen Capek | Mar. 28, 2013
Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In, has sparked a national conversation on how women can make real and lasting progress toward professional equality. Citing a wealth of essential research on gender and gender roles, Sandberg advocates effectively that women take charge of what they can change themselves and more aggressively advance their own—and other women’s—opportunities in the workplace.
The same holds for the philanthropic community: Sandberg’s ideas can inspire individuals to push organizations and foundations toward a “deeper” diversity. However, as Sandberg herself acknowledges, to achieve that goal, organizations themselves must “lean in” and confront the various means by which their collective cultures get in the way. More »
March 19th, 2013
Tags: CoF Conference
D5 and its colleagues will be participating in the Council on Foundations’ Annual Conference in Chicago from April 7-9, 2013. We’ll be hosting an interactive strategy discussion and our partners—such as ABFE, AAPiP and EPiP—will be offering programs before and throughout the conference. Several of D5’s Leadership Team members have also been serving on the Annual Conference Task Force—including Carly Hare of Native Americans in Philanthropy, Mae Hong of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Ericka Plater-Turner of Council on Foundations, and Sylvia Zaldivar-Sykes of The Lake County Community Foundation.
We encourage you to take a look at the agenda and review the many sessions available that speak to diversity, equity and inclusion and hope to see you there!
There are several important posts on the Markets for Good website that provide strong and compelling rationales for philanthropy’s efforts to collect, analyze and share robust data on the social sector’s work, impact and beneficiaries. Eric Henderson shares an update on the Reporting Commitment, a growing constellation of foundations who are committed to gathering and sharing robust information on their grants and groups they support. Click here to read the blog. Elsewhere on the site, Andrew Ackerman, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, shares his insights on how data and information created transformational outcomes for the diverse communities his institution serves. We look forward to ongoing conversations with these efforts and others to strengthen philanthropy’s capacity to support transformation in our diverse communities with better data, information and transparency.
February 14th, 2013
Leadership Team member Vicki Rosenberg, President of Vicki Rosenberg & Associates, discusses the importance of diverse trustees and board members in a recent blog for BoardSource. Vicki asks some very important questions : Does your board have a commitment to diversity and inclusion? Has it defined what that means? Has it grappled with the value it is missing from diverse trustees who are not being heard? See the original post here.