Philanthropic Foundations Canada and Emergent Learning

This week I am attending the three-day biennial conference of Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC). We learned of this organization when it republished a blog post that I had written for the Center for Effective Philanthropy on the Foundation’s efforts to communicate with grantees. Like the Council on Foundations in the United States, PFC is a member association of Canadian grant makers and hosts this “gathering … Continue reading Philanthropic Foundations Canada and Emergent Learning

Secret Sauce

This post originally appeared on the Johnson Scholarship Foundation website and was featured during JSF’s joint presentation with Pearson Inc. at the 2018 AHEAD Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The picture above features Eric Fisher, a Johnson Scholar who came to our dinner and spoke to the Grant Program Committee. His appearance and remarks resonated with a lesson that we have learned. The greater value of our … Continue reading Secret Sauce

Spending Time with Grantees

I recently visited with Sue Gillespie, CEO of Pathways to Education, and her team in Toronto. We are in the midst of a five-year grant agreement with Pathways, which is unfolding as we had hoped. Pathways asked for the meeting so that it could give us an update and discuss some longer term strategic issues that it is facing. Over the last couple of months … Continue reading Spending Time with Grantees

January is National Mentoring Month

Check out http://www.mentoring.org, the website of MENTOR, a national non-profit organization devoted to increasing the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships for America’s young people. It makes the case for mentoring as follows: Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people … Continue reading January is National Mentoring Month

So, this is Christmas (and what have you done?)

John Lennon’s carol has become a Christmas standard. As the end of the year approaches, it hauntingly asks us what we have done to make the world a better place. It has universal appeal because it speaks to our highest aspirations. Lennon’s carol is short on strategy, however, and philanthropic literature is replete with examples of unfocused grant making. At the Johnson Scholarship Foundation we … Continue reading So, this is Christmas (and what have you done?)