Conference Sessions

There’s a LOT of conference sessions. Here’s a few that have caught my interest:

  1. Foundations and the Morphing Media: Why We No Longer “Read All About It”
  2. Bottoms Up Philanthropy: How Remittances Transform Communities and Families
  3. Linking Money to Mission: Structure Your Grants to Promote Grantee Performance
  4. Investing in Nonprofits to Scale Impact: Lessons Learned
  5. Demonstrating Impact: How Foundations Can Show Their Value
  6. All in Good Measure: Building Capacity to Learn and Improve Performance
  7. Changing Poverty Through Profit
  8. What Can Foundations Be Doing? Innovative Ideas for Wealth Creation and Asset Building
  9. Outside the Box, Inside the Mission: Leveraging Social Investing at Your Foundation
  10. The Philanthropic Fault Line: Exploring the Sometimes Shaky Ground Between Foundations and Nonprofits

Which sessions would YOU like me to attend? Let me know and I’ll use your votes to create my schedule.


  1. Jason says:

    I think you should check out # 1, 4, 5, 8 & 9.

  2. Holden says:

    To me #5 is the one that you most have to go to. You have argued consistently (and strongly) for more foundation transparency. You should ask the foundations the questions you pose in your posts: why not share everything they have on a website? Why not publish things that are currently “internal,” like evaluations of specific charities (as opposed to “overall programs”)? Why not blog?

    #3 is another good one to ask questions at. It’s all about how to structure grants. What do foundations think of the idea that their best role is to act as funders/facilitators of good capital flows, and that program design should be left to charities? Why not make all grants unrestricted, and let charities pay their electricity bill and get good IT and generally run like the most effective businesses do?

    I’m also interested in hearing in general about #3, #6, #7.

    I love the approach you’re taking. Looking forward to seeing what you share.

  3. M says:

    Well, I know you are already headed to # 1, so the ones I’d love to see, in order of most interested to less so – 10, 5, 6, 8, 9.

    I’d be at those sessions if I could but I am *assigned* to mostly environmental track stuff.