Monthly Archives: December 2012

Highlights from RA Blogging

There are currently 15 regional associations blogging. A highlight of recent activity is below.

Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers: Adventures in Philanthropy

Council of New Jersey Grantmakers: Guest Post on Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Blog

Donors Forum

Florida Philanthropic Network: The Florida Philanthropy Blog

Minnesota Council on Foundations: Philanthropy Potluck

North Carolina Network of Grantmakers: Philanthropy NC

Northern California Grantmakers

Ohio Grantmakers Forum: Let’s Talk Philanthropy

Philanthropy New York: Smart Assets

Philanthropy Northwest

Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers: WG Daily

Other regionals blogging include Arizona Grantmakers Forum, Colorado Association of Funders, Council of Michigan Foundations, Gateway Center for Giving, and Southeastern Council of Foundations.


Ohio Grantmakers Forum Becomes Philanthropy Ohio; Names New President

As of January 1, 2013, Ohio Grantmakers Forum‘s will have a new name, Philanthropy Ohio! Ohio members recently approved the change at the annual meeting where they also voted to implement a new strategic plan.

The new name reflects the board’s decision to become the leading voice and resource for all types of Ohio philanthropy, opening membership beyond foundations and corporate giving program membership categories. Membership is now open to individuals, federated funds, giving circles and government agencies, expanding the opportunities to network and collaborate to improve communities across the state.

After a six month search, Ohio has also announced Suzanne Allen, Ph.D., as its new President, effective January 1, 2013. Since 2007, Dr. Allen has been with the Akron Community Foundation, where she is Vice President of Development and Donor Services. Prior to her time at the Akron Community Foundation, she held leadership, teaching, and senior development positions with several institutions of higher learning, including the University of Akron, Walsh University, and Kent State University. During her career, Dr. Allen has also acted as a private consultant, serving clients in the nonprofit and academic sectors. Dr. Allen will succeed George Espy, who is retiring after ten years as the organization’s leader.

Read more about these announcements on Ohio’s blog

Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers’ New Logo

At Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers‘ 2012 annual meeting, WRAG unveiled their brand new logo. They’ve created a short video of the story of how they came up with the new look.

WRAG also celebrated its 20th anniversary at its annual meeting and put together a new report, Reflections on the Past & Possibilities for the Future, that looks at the past two decades of its history and philanthropy in the Washington, DC region and what philanthropy could look like in the region over the next 20 years.

Recent Regional Releases

DVG Strategic Plan Framework 2013-2015

Delaware Valley Grantmakers has spent much of the past year engaged in strategic planning. Based on what they learned, DVG has developed a framework articulated around which they will build their strategic plan. It envisions a Greater Philadelphia in which philanthropy is recognized as a constructive partner in solving problems and building a better future for the region.

Wisconsin Gives 2012

The Donors Forum of Wisconsin has released its latest regional giving study, the 2012 Wisconsin Gives report. This publication includes an overview of grantmaking in Wisconsin, providing benchmarks for grantmakers and information for the state’s nonprofit sector. New to the report is a review of the connection between philanthropy and government.  Additionally, this year’s report captures emerging trends in foundation giving, areas of funding interest, a listing of leading foundations by grants paid, and the social and economic impact of the state’s charitable sector. The report provides a first glimpse at the effects of the economic downturn on foundations and their giving.

2012 Grantmaker Rankings

Each year Minnesota Council on Foundations publishes lists of grantmaker rankings to enable grantmakers, nonprofits, and the public to better understand who are the largest funders in the state. Rankings are provided based on several different criteria, including grantmaker type, grants paid, and assets.  The latest rankings were released in October 2012.

Giving Forum: Fall 2012

Minnesota Council on Foundations has released the Fall 2012 issue of its quarterly newspaper, the Giving Forum, focused on answers, tips, and some dos and don’ts of grantseeking and grantmaking.  Even with the best of intentions, inefficiencies and stumbling blocks can strain interactions between grantmakers and nonprofits. What can grantmakers do to help smooth the process? And what can nonprofits do to increase the odds of receiving foundation funding?

PolicyWorks Spotlight: Kim VanPelt, Arizona Health Futures, St. Luke’s Health Initiative

Kim VanPelt is is the director of Arizona Health Futures at St. Luke’s Health Initiatives in Phoenix, Arizona and a member of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum board.

This interview was conducted over the phone by Dan Brady at the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers as part of our PolicyWorks for Philanthropy interview series.

How does collaborating with Arizona Grantmakers Forum improve your own organization’s work around public policy issues?

Arizona Grantmakers Forum (AGF) provides a conduit for funders to not only understand important policy issues but also to understand how their own existing contributions or potential contributions in the realm of public policy might connect with the work of other funders or other work that’s happening in the community.

We know that systems change of any sort requires a broad array of approaches with a number of different partners. The more we can use AGF as a forum to develop better shared understanding about not only the issues but the work, the better. Continue reading