"Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time"... ;
From A Psalm of Life. By HenryWadsworth Longfellow.
Star-Spangled Bells and Whistles at the Council on Foundation and Independent Sector Reception
I was honored to receive a warm invitation extended to me by the Council on Foundations and Independent Sector, to attend a special event in preparation for the kickoff of 2016 Annual Conference.
On Saturday, April 9 from 6:15 - 7:30 pm, the Council and Independent Sector co-hosted a campaign-style reception—complete with all the Star-Spangled bells and whistles that are fixtures during election season. The evening's entertainment was provided by the ever-compelling duo, Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg, as they share their insights and observations about this year's election.
The pre-conference was followed by the main event on Sunday 10, Live from Washington, D.C. - the main conference begins in Washington, D.C., and this year's theme is "The Future of Community—Identity. Purpose. Place". Every foundation is in one way or another concerned with the future of its community. The strategic grants, investments, and collaborations of today shape the communities of tomorrow. This conference will focus on three strategic areas:
Education and Skill Acquisition - These sessions will examine the efforts that grantmakers have piloted to prepare a modern workforce.Climate Change - These conversations will focus on how grantmakers are looking to both global and local efforts to address climate change and its impact.Justice Reform - This conference programming will look at the best ways grantmakers can invest in meaningful justice reforms. With more than 150 learning opportunities, the programming here in D.C. is covering a wide range of topics - from foundation operations and management to strategic leadership. The Council also have special programming for community, corporate, and family foundations.