Monthly Archives: September 2013

WRAG Launches Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility

In partnership with Johns Hopkins University, Washington Regional Associations of Grantmakers has announced a new initiative: The Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility. The Institute will offer a professional certificate in corporate social responsibility with a curriculum designed by WRAG members Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One, Freddie Mac, the Hitachi Foundation, Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, Pepco Holdings, Inc., and Washington Gas, and under the guidance of the American Express Foundation’s Timothy McClimon.

This four-part, year-long program examines the scope and complexity of CSR, including its evolution, components, best practices, measurement models, key issues, and current trends. WRAG President Tamara Copeland said, “The Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility is an exciting step forward for philanthropy. By learning together and developing a common skill set, CSR professionals from companies of all sizes will become equipped to maximize the impact of their philanthropic dollars at a time when our country needs them the most.”

For more information visit the Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility’s website or contact WRAG’s Katy Moore.

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KM Goes to Dreamforce!

A panel of KM Partners has been selected by the Salesforce Foundation to present on our co-developed Salesforce Package at Dreamforce, Salesforce’s annual user and developer conference. Over 100,000 participants are expected this year!

Val Rozansky of the Forum Office, Kim Snipes of Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, and William Corkill of Council of Michigan Foundations will present the Forum’s approach to rolling out Salesforce and Drupal integration to our Network of independent regional associations. Their presentation will share the lessons learned from gathering requirements, developing sustainable governance and cost-sharing models, selecting features for the common package, sharing responsibility for development, testing, deploying and now, collectively maintaining the package.

Dreamforce is the biggest cloud computing event of the year. Speakers slated to appear include Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and Marissa Meyer, CEO of Yahoo, among others. This conference is the premier venue for Salesforce training, best practices, case studies, how-to’s, and connections to the top experts in the field. Dreamforce will be held November 18-21st in San Francisco. Registration is open.

Connecticut Council for Philanthropy Starts Blog

Connecticut Council for Philanthropy has started a blog, CTPhilanthropyNotes, where CEO Maggie Osborn and other staff will tackle the tough questions facing philanthropy today.

In a recent post, Maggie ponders the power of both the Forum Network and Connecticut Council of Philanthropy’s own network of grantmakers:

As valuable as sharing information is, we also need to  help each other  act on that knowledge and hold ourselves accountable to demonstrate our impact in a transparent and data driven way. How do we come together to learn up and build out, holding ourselves responsible for the power of our statewide philanthropic network that is also part of the largest network serving philanthropy in the world? How do we utilize the knowledge of best practices and issues to go about the business of building a better Connecticut?

This big thinking blog is one you’ll to subscribe to. Be sure to keep up with all the action through Connecticut’s Facebook and Twitter.

New Guidebook Released for Advanced Convening Design

Gather GuidebookRockefeller Foundation and Monitor Institute have just released Gather: The Art & Science of Effective Convening, a hands-on guidebook for all convening designers and social change leaders who want to tap into a group’s collective intelligence and make substantial progress on a shared challenge. It is now available as a free download.

Gather provides simple frameworks for the questions that are often ignored: whether convening is the right tool to use to advance a strategic agenda, and how a convening can be used to achieve a specific purpose. It then helps readers understand how to customize the design to fit that purpose, laying out a clear series of steps for what is a naturally chaotic workflow. It then offers principles to use for each of the many tactical choices involved. Gather and its accompanying workshop materials are designed for you to use in your own work, with your team, and with larger groups both inside and outside your organization.