Addressing the Nonprofit “Needs Gap”
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear St., Suite 360
San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Capacity building is a concept we can all get behind. Both grantseekers and grantmakers know this is the base for long term sustainability and organizational effectiveness. So why does it continue to be so elusive in our sector and what’s the latest thinking on what is really needed and how best to make it happen?
Come hear the latest insights from the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s (CEP) 2018 report, Strengthening Grantees, where findings demonstrate there is a Needs Gap between what nonprofits request funding for compared to their actual needs. If grantees are not being forthright with their funders around their actual organizational needs, how can funders best provide impactful capacity building support?
Hear firsthand from three nonprofit executives on what they really need to be successful, what resources they are leveraging, and how some funders are focusing on power shifting in order to create safe environments for nonprofits to elevate their true needs.
This program is hosted in partnership with the Center for Effective Philanthropy and Catchafire.
Rob Reich vs. Phil Buchanan: Is Giving By The Wealthy A Good Thing?
Philanthropy New York
New York, NY
Thursday, September 19, 2019
**This is the third annual Great Debate presented by SeaChange Capital Partners and Baruch College. It is also part of Philanthropy New York’s PNY at 40: Reframing Philanthropy Series, following its 40th Year Annual Meeting.**
Criticism and self-reflection are running rampant in philanthropy. Some pundits have argued that philanthropy is an elite charade that is failing democracy. Others argue that it is a force for tremendous good if done right.
Please join PNY for a debate on “Is Giving by the Wealthy a Good Thing?” between two leading thinkers in this area: Phil Buchanan (Giving Done Right) and Rob Reich (Just Giving). The debate will be moderated by Lorie Slutsky, President of the New York Community Trust.
Bookstore Event: Phil Buchanan ’92 in conversation with Elysa Gordon ’89
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
413 Main Street
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Phil Buchanan’s book, Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count, offers data-driven insights, tools, and practical examples to understand exactly what it takes to make a difference – and why giving effectively is so important right now in the face of concerns about inequality, the role of business, and governmental dysfunction. This practical guide is also filled with stories of the people who bring philanthropy to life.
Join us for a lively conversation about the power and perils of philanthropy moderated by Elysa Gordon, Vice President and Senior Advisor at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
Giving Done Right : Discussion and Book Signing
Pittsburgh Playhouse Theatre
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Save the Date! We encourage you to join us for this special event for funders, nonprofits and community members as the Pittsburgh Foundation features the recently released book Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count by Phil Buchanan, president of The Center for Effective Philanthropy. Buchanan will be in conversation with Grant Oliphant of The Heinz Endowments.
Giving Done Right is a practical guide to philanthropy at all levels of giving that seeks to educate and inspire.This crucial book will reveal the secrets and lessons learned from some of the biggest givers, busting commonly held myths and challenging the idea that “business thinking” holds the answer to effective philanthropy. It offers the intellectual frameworks, data-driven insights and practical examples to allow readers to understand exactly what it takes to make a difference.
A book signing and reception will follow the program. All attendees will receive a free copy of the book.
More details to come.
Giving Done Right – A Conversation with Phil Buchanan
Arizona Community Foundation
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Save the date! Details and registration will be available soon.
Sanford Institute of Philanthropy’s 2019 Philanthropy Summit: Philanthropy at a Crossroads
Pleasant Hill Community Center
Pleasant Hill, CA
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
“Philanthropy is at a crossroads with many forces at play that are challenging and pushing us to reimagine what it can be in the 21st century,” says Solomon Belette, Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at JFKU. “Our keynote speaker Phil Buchanan and other notable leaders and writers are asking challenging questions such as whether philanthropy is doing enough.” Join us to tackle these questions together and to gain new insights into ways of reinvigorating your relationships with donors, who are vital to nonprofit success.
Join Sanford Institute of Philanthropy to hear from esteemed keynote speakers, a panel of local experts, and of course, your peers in the local nonprofit and giving community. Breakfast and lunch will be served at this day-long event, and all participants will receive a complimentary copy of Phil Buchanan’s book, Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count. We are grateful to Marathon Petroleum Services for sponsoring this event. RSVP today!
Writing Our Next Chapter: SECF’s 50th Annual Meeting- Breakout Session: “Failing Forward: Learning from Failure as a Regular Discipline”
November 13-15, 2019
Thursday, November 14, 2019
To say that failure is an undesirable outcome for most organizations is an understatement. Yet at the same time, there’s a growing body of wisdom that supports the notion that the pathway to success is often paved with failures – they are, in fact, inevitable. Sharing and leveraging lessons learned from mistakes is an important but underutilized resource to improve philanthropic investments and nonprofit performance. This session will offer stories from foundations that have acknowledged their mistakes and are learning how they can use these lessons to adjust, pivot and inform future work. Phil Buchanan, president and CEO of The Center for Effective Philanthropy, will share insights learned from some of the biggest givers and facilitate a conversation with foundation leaders about their experiences in the field and how they’ve turned mistakes into organizational learning opportunities.