Monthly Archives: August 2013

Joyce White Honored with Award

JBWGrantmakers of Oregon and Southwestern Washington’s Executive Director Joyce White has been honored with the Barbara Stallcup Miller Professional Achievement Award for her commitment to “build a community network that helps multiple organizations grow and succeed together.”

This award, part of the 2013 Crystal Awards, honors those personally responsible for millions of dollars raised and countless Oregonians served.

Joyce and the other honorees will be recognized at the Portland Business Journal Corporate Philanthropy Awards.


Highlights from RA Blogging

A highlight of recent activity from RA blogs.

Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers: Adventures in Philanthropy

Council of Michigan Foundations

Donors Forum

Florida Philanthropic Network: The Florida Philanthropy Blog

Gateway Center for Giving

Minnesota Council on Foundations: Philanthropy Potluck

Northern California Grantmakers

Philanthropy New York: Smart Assets

Philanthropy Northwest

Philanthropy Ohio: Let’s Talk Philanthropy

Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers: The Daily WRAG

Other regionals blogging include: Arizona Grantmakers Forum, Colorado Association of Funders, North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, and Southeastern Council of Foundations.

Recent Regional Releases

AGM Annual Report 20122012-2013 Annual Report
Associated Grant Maker’s (AGM) Annual Report 2012-13 focuses on the impact AGM’s programs and services had on its Members and the greater community. Associated Grant Makers serves grantmakers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and is approaching its 45th year of service in its community.

Giving Forum Summer 2013Giving Forum Summer 2013
The summer issue of Minnesota Council on Foundation’s quarterly newspaper focuses on corporate philanthropy. In Minnesota, corporate support is crucial to community betterment. To continue high levels of community support during a tough economy and increase returns on community investments, many companies have made changes.

The State of the Forum Address


On July 30th, the membership of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers met for our annual member meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Forum CEO Michael Litz provided a “State of the Forum” address, a transcript of which is below.

Welcome everyone to the Forum’s Annual Meeting. Today we will review and discuss some major developments in our network since we met in Pittsburgh a year ago. It’s a testament to the amount of activity that we can’t possibly cover all our activities. We will also recognize the many leaders that have made this work possible.

It has been a significant year for our network. Most gratifying to me is not only what we have accomplished together but how we have done this work. Our network is now bound by common values, supported by structures and processes that make joint action possible, and increasingly aware of the greater role we can and should play to help advance our field. Continue reading

2013 Conference Recap

DSCN5163Last week in Milwaukee, the Forum Network came together for its Annual Conference, an opportunity for regional association staff to meet connect, exchange knowledge, and build relationships as part of the largest network serving philanthropy today.

This year, our conversations focused on putting members first. Bruce Boyd of Arabella Advisors, along with Celeste Amato of Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers and Colin Lacon of Northern California Grantmakers, challenged us to see regional associations differently, empowering RAs to take on a new role as change agents. Aaron Dorfman of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy walked us through the toughest questions facing foundations today, from addressing the “overhead myth” to getting involved in advocacy and better serving marginalized communities. Continue reading