Monthly Archives: October 2011

Tips for the Social Media Manager

by Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Communications Director, Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

As a membership organization of foundations and corporate giving programs ranging in size, staff, resources and capacity, we at The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers are continually looking at how to better our communications with and on behalf of our members.

As The Resource on Grantmaking, we provide critical information and services to the philanthropic and nonprofit communities. As The Network for Givers in our region, we convene grantmakers and others to address issues and create lasting solutions. And, as The Voice for Philanthropy, we represent the philanthropic sector to key audiences, including the media, legislators, and national organizations, raising public awareness and understanding about the role and impact of philanthropy on our society.

In order to enhance our ability to be the resource, network and voice of and for our members, we have been utilizing social media, and in particular Facebook and Twitter for four specific reasons: To Communicate, Disseminate, Concentrate and Participate. Continue reading


Register for Foundations on the Hill 2012

The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and the  Council on Foundations have announced that Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) 2012 will take place March 21-22, in Washington, D.C. This is the 10th year for the public policy event, where participants have the opportunity to promote the important role philanthropy plays in serving the public good.

FOTH gets bigger and better each year. More than 250 foundation and grantmaking representatives from 35 states and the District of Columbia attended FOTH 2011, including 77 first-time attendees. These attendees had meetings in 35 Senate offices and nearly 150 House offices. Let’s continue the momentum by promoting a political environment that is constructive for philanthropy.

Registration for FOTH 2012 is now available online at

Report Details How Public/Private Partnership Brought $30 Million to Connecticut

TANF ReportA marriage of government, philanthropy and nonprofits that brought $30 million in new federal funding to Connecticut to help needy families during the recession is outlined in a report by the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.

How a Public/Private Partnership Brought $30 Million and 6,650 Jobs to Connecticut (PDF) describes the significant challenges and innovative solutions of the partnership that successfully secured millions in federal stimulus funds for the state in 2010 and 2011. The state’s philanthropic community, government representatives and nonprofit advocates partnered to leverage the funds through the Emergency Contingency Funds of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Continue reading

EngAGement Snapshot: SECF – Utilizing Technology to Inform and Connect

by Patti Johnson, Coordinator of SECF EngAGEment Initiative, Southeastern Council of Foundations

The Southeastern Council of Foundations joined the Grantmakers in Aging EngAGEment Initiative in the summer of 2010 with the goal of informing its members about issues related to aging. Because SECF’s geographic service area is larger than any other regional association’s (11 southeastern states in two time zones), we knew from the outset that ours would be a technology-intensive approach. It is difficult to host a luncheon or a day-long meeting that will attract significant participation when so much territory has to be traveled. Instead, we’ve concentrated our efforts on providing web-based, peer-to-peer learning, encouraging SECF members to share information about issues and programs related to aging that is of interest to them. Our approach is webinar-based, with support from an active online community within the SECF website, YouTube and Facebook.

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10 Questions or Less for Joanne Kelley

10 Questions or Less is a feature here on the Forum’s Forum in which we get to know regional association staff members a little better—their work, what drives them, and more. This week,  Joanne Kelley, Executive Director of Colorado Association of FundersIf you would like to suggest someone for a profile through 10 Questions or Less, contact Dan Brady.

You recently hosted the Forum’s annual conference in Denver. What did that entail? How did it feel to have all the regionals in your hometown?

We were really excited to have everyone here and it also offered an opportunity to explain the value of the Forum network to our board and members. It was also great working with the planning committee to shape the content of the conference. The Forum staff really does the heavy lifting and did a stellar job of choosing a hotel in a prime location. We enjoyed brainstorming with our members to come up with some fun activities that helped showcase Denver and its cultural attractions. We discovered that it helps to have a brewing company as a corporate member when it comes time to finding a good place to hold a sponsored reception!
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Strengthening the Regional Association Network’s Public Policy Work

by Claudia Y.W. Herrold, Vice President of Communications and Public Policy, Ohio Grantmakers Forum

For the past three years I’ve helped lead a unique collaboration called PolicyWorks for Philanthropy, an initiative designed to help regional associations engage policymakers at the local, state and federal levels. The initiative began as many do: an informal conversation between a funder and an RA staff member, in this case Eric Brown of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Vicki Rosenberg of the Council of Michigan Foundations. The conversation quickly expanded, bringing together another 5 RAs to explore how collectively we could strengthen RAs’ ability to engage policymakers in support of a vibrant and effective philanthropic sector. Continue reading

Nina Stack Named Forum Board Chair

Nina Stack, president of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers has been appointed Chairperson of the Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers.  Stack’s appointment came at the Forum’s Annual Meeting on August 2, 2011 and lasts for one year.  “The Forum’s board, staff, and membership are excited to welcome Nina Stack as our incoming Board Chair.  As we continue to grow and strengthen the Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers as a leading national network in American philanthropy, we are grateful that Nina will bring her considerable experience and leadership to this position.  Her steady vision and skill sets are just what are need at this moment in the Forum’s evolution and development.” said Michael Litz, President and CEO of the Forum. Continue reading