Monthly Archives: July 2010

Top Ten Reasons to Get Excited about the Forum Annual Conference!

10. Location, location, location: Chicago. The city of broad shoulders, home to deep dish pizza, home to that crazy box they put on the Willis Tower where you can look down and see how crazy high up you are, sausage, hot dogs, art museums, improv, the hottest team in the American League Central, da Bulls, da Bears, not to mention our home-away-from-home, the hotel Sofitel.

9. Social Media mania. Boy, do we have a session for you! We’ve gathered the network’s top social media advocates for a thought-provoking skill-building session. Allen Gunn, aka Gunner, will be back to facilitate. Follow all the conference action on Twitter through the hashtag #Forum10.

8. You’ve probably heard a lot about Jeff De Cagna, now you can ask him your questions face to face as we focus in on business planning with one of the top experts in the field.

7. John Graham, President and CEO of ASAE,  explores the “New Normal” for Regional Associations as the association management paradigm changes dramatically in the digital era amidst the economic downturn.

6. At the Stop, Collaborate and Listen session, you’ll learn about the exciting work your colleagues are doing together around the country and what the Forum is doing to facilitate!

5. Author of Super-Charged Giving and Chair-Elect of Southeastern Council of Foundations, Dr. Byron Harrell offers a vision for the future of philanthropy and how regional associations can stay relevant in the era of Super-Charged Giving.

4. Meet our newest member NCNG! Bobbi Hapgood, Executive Director of the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, will be in attendance. Make sure to say hello.

3. President & CEO of the The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and new Board Chair of the Council on Foundations, Carol Larson, will deliver the opening remarks on Wednesday morning. Get there early for this one!

2. Network with the Network. You don’t get a chance to meet your colleagues from all over the country often enough.  There will be tons of opportunities for discussions and interaction, not just sessions and lectures. Meet and welcome new colleagues! Collect great ideas from around the country. Learning practical tips about membership management, communications, building networks, and more!

1. It is an important time for our network.  We have a lot to be proud of, but the work we do together in the coming years will be critical to our success. That success begins now, at the Forum’s Annual Conference.

Coming Soon: Women & Philanthropy!

This September Jossey-Bass will release Women & Philanthropy: Boldly Shaping a Better World by Sondra Shaw-Hardy and Martha A. Taylor with Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz. That’s right, Buffy from ABAG. Not only that, but the book includes mentions of the Forum and our work on giving circles and women’s philanthropy. Clearly, a must have. It’s available on pre-order now at

Welcome North Carolina Network of Grantmakers!

The Forum is pleased to officially welcome its 34th member organization, North Carolina Network of Grantmakers!  Headquartered in Chapel Hill, the Network is a statewide association of grantmakers helping their members to share knowledge, experiences and lessons learned—and provide opportunities for North Carolina grantmakers to work together to improve the effectiveness and ultimate impact of grantmaking.  NCNG represents over 80 foundations, corporate giving programs and donor-advised funds that make significant grants to North Carolina charitable causes.  The Network was organized in September 2002 by a group of leading grantmakers who appreciated the need for a statewide forum to connect and support trustees, staff and advisors or grantmaking organizations that operates under the fiscal oversight of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

Along with the Southeastern Council of Foundations, the Network will work together to promote and build effective philanthropy throughout North Carolina.

Many of you may already be familiar with the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers and its Executive Director, Bobbi Hapgood, from their past participation in Foundations on the Hill.  The staff also includes Program Director Amanda Miller.  More information about the Network can be found at

Program Spotlight: OGF’s Annual Reports: Moving from Print to Online

Great events are taking place around the network almost every day. It’s time we shine the spotlight on these model programs. What follows is a snapshot of an upcoming regional association program that addresses issues at the forefront of everyone’s minds. If you know of a program that may interest the rest of the network, contact Dan Brady at dbrady (at) to see it featured here.

Online storytelling is always a hot topic. Whether it’s how an organization can use online video or how to convey your message on Twitter, regionals are always looking to take their game up a notch. But what can you do with a data-heavy, old fashioned annual report? Ohio Grantmakers Forum has the answer.

Ohio foundations have impressive stories to tell about their work and engagement in communities, and 21st century technology offers exciting new ways to deliver the message. Some are replacing traditional print versions of their annual reports with interactive websites containing audio and video elements as well as the traditional contents such as financial data, grants lists and letters from board chairs.

In this statewide webinar, staff at The George Gund Foundation andSaint Luke’s Foundation will show us how they are changing the way they tell their stories, developing annual reports using innovative, interactive tools to engage the online reader.

By attending this webinar you will:

  • Be exposed to two award-winning examples of how foundations are using the Internet to tell their stories;
  • Learn about the hurdles they faced and how they overcame them;
  • Hear what additional steps they are contemplating;
  • Share what online tools you are exploring or using in your own communications efforts

Forward-thinking, practical, and member-focused, this OGF program offers lessons we can all learn from. Who would have thought annual reports could be so exciting? Learn more at