Category Archives: COF2008

Seven Tips for Foundations Looking to “Push the Envelope” of Philanthropy (Instead of Papers)

(This is a guest post from Peter Deitz, Founder of Social Actions, who is covering the Council on Foundations Conference for Tactical Philanthropy) By Peter Deitz I’m tucked away in a remote corner of the enormous Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, the site of this year’s annual conference of the Council on Foundations. Before […]

The Impact and Future of Venture Philanthropy

(This is a guest post from Steve Butz, President & Founder of Social Solutions, who is covering the Council on Foundations Conference for Tactical Philanthropy) By Steve Butz So I just left an afternoon session that I had been looking forward to…”The Impact and Future of Venture Philanthropy.” The session was lightly attended, 30-35 people, […]

The Myths and Realities of Socially Responsible Investing

(This is a guest post from Steve Butz, President & Founder of Social Solutions, who is covering the Council on Foundations Conference for Tactical Philanthropy) By Steve Butz As I sit down to write, I’m finding it challenging to determine which of the many important concepts presented at the conference to focus on for this […]

Attack of the Bean Counters

(This is a guest post from Sandra Bass, Program officer at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, who is covering the Council on Foundations Conference for Tactical Philanthropy) By Sandra Bass Zzzzzzzzz…..okay it’s not like I shouldn’t have know better…I mean the title of the session did have the word “counting” in it…so that the […]

Young Staffer: “Honorary” Tactical Philanthropy Blogger

For those of you that don’t know, an anonymous “Young Staffer” frequently posts some of the most illuminating, complex ideas in the comments section of this blog. Today he/she struck again in a comment on Steve Butz post “Opening Plenary”. So I’m going to make the anonymous commenter an honorary member of the Tactical Philanthropy […]

Mission Related/Socially Responsible Investing

(This is a guest post from Debbie Kobak, Foundation Market Strategist at Shore Bank, who is covering the Council on Foundations Conference for Tactical Philanthropy) By Debbie Kobak I’ll admit that I have a bone to pick. Mission related/socially responsible investing, program related investment, community development…not only are these strategies for leveraging a foundation’s assets […]

Opening Plenery

(This is a guest post from Steve Butz, President & Founder of Social Solutions, who is covering the Council on Foundations Conference for Tactical Philanthropy) By Steve Butz As I head into the next session, I have a few minutes to reflect on the Opening Plenary this morning given by Carolyn Lukensmeyer, the President and […]

It’s OK to Fail

(This is a guest post from Sara Melillo, Program officer, McCormick Tribune Foundation, who is covering the Council on Foundations Conference for Tactical Philanthropy) By Sara Melillo In the non-profit and philanthropic sectors, failure is not an option, yet it’s expected in the corporate and technology sectors. At least that was one provocative assertion of […]

Tactical Philanthropy Un-Reception

Quick reminder for those of you planning your evening. I love to learn from my readers, so I am going to throw caution to the wind and announce a last minute, Tactical Philanthropy Un-Reception. If you want an opportunity to connect with the community around Tactical Philanthropy, join us at 9:30pm tonight at the National […]

Nurturing the Philanthropic Impulse

(This is a guest post from Jacob Harold, Program Officer at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, who is covering the Council on Foundations Conference for Tactical Philanthropy) By Jacob Harold This morning I spoke on a panel with the unwieldy but accurate title of “Nurturing the Philanthropic Impulse – Donor Advisors and Philanthropic Strategy.” […]