Monthly Archives: November 2013

Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers 2013 Annual Meeting

WRAG 2013 Annual MeetingLast Thursday, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) hosted its annual meeting at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.  The theme of the meeting was “Philanthropy Unsettled”— challenging oneself to think beyond tradition and familiarity. 

WRAG President Tamara Copeland spoke about the topic of affordable housing, an area in which WRAG has been developing exemplary programming over the past few years.  Copeland emphasized that having a home is a crucial factor cross-cutting many other issues, such as transportation, education, and health care. Featured speaker Julie Rogers, CEO & President of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, spoke of the challenges that Washington, D.C., faces as the population continues to grow.  She urged funders to see human need, see action, and see larger trends in the philanthropy world.

Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D., President & CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation gave a provocative keynote address, challenging nonprofits and foundations to not only contribute resources, but also be change agents. But, Dr. Carson said, if real change is going to occur, the field of philanthropy needs to become more transparent.

For more on WRAG’s affordable housing programs and continuing discussions from its Annual Meeting, follow WRAG’s blog, The Daily WRAG, and get all the latest updates on Twitter.


Delaware Valley Grantmakers Is Now Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia

Philanthropy Network Greater Phila logo

At its fall conference on November 15, Delaware Valley Grantmakers announced their new organization name, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia. Watch a two-minute animated video introducing their new name.

Philanthropy Network feels its new name is a better representation of the way philanthropy works together in their region.  As the nonprofit sector has grown and diversified, the term “philanthropy” has become mainstream.  In the 25 years that the organization was Delaware Valley Grantmakers, there has been more emphasis on achieving outcomes and collaboration.

“As philanthropy and our region have evolved, we concluded that the time was right to take on a new name and graphic look that better  reflects the full breadth and energy of the people and organizations active in philanthropy in Greater Philadelphia,” said Debra A. Kahn, Executive Director of Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia .

The organization has also introduced a new tag line, “Smarter Giving, Greater Good,” to sum up their central tenets.

Philanthropy Network will continue to foster connections and collaborations to enhance the impact of local philanthropy, as it brings funders together with civic leaders, government, and community organizations to address areas of mutual interest.

On December 3, Philanthropy Network will launch their twitter handle, @philanthropyPHL, also the Philadelphia region’s giving day, #GivingTuesdayPHL .

Learn more about the name change and Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia.

Photo from Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia.

Philanthropy Northwest Welcomes Jeff Clarke as Next CEO

Jeff Clarke

Beginning January 2014, Jeff Clarke will be CEO of Philanthropy Northwest, succeeding Carol Lewis, who retiring after eight years in the position.

Jeff brings with him a vast amount of experience in philanthropy and mission investing communities. Having served as interim president and CEO of Council on Foundations, he is currently a senior advisor on Philanthropy Northwest’s consulting team, The Giving Practice.

Prior to this role, he spent ten years as vice president at family foundation Rasmuson Foundation and was national co-chair of Missions Investors Exchange, which he co-founded. Jeff’s previous experience with Philanthropy Northwest includes seven years on the board of directors, two of which he served as board chair.

Read more about Jeff.

Carol Lewis will continue her work in the field, joining The Giving Practice. Carol has been an invaluable voice in the Forum Network, serving on the Forum’s Board and maintaining an active presence in conversations about the role of regional associations in the philanthropic sector. We thank her for her leadership and look forward to her continued insight through her new position.

Photo from Philanthropy Northwest.

Regional Associations Coordinate Response to Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan

Since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on Monday, regional associations have been coordinating responses by their member foundations and sharing information about the latest resources.

One of the largest storms in recorded history, over 600,000 people have been displaced by the storm, with an estimated death toll of 10,000.
Given the magnitude of the devastation and tireless ongoing recovery efforts, we’d like to share some of the best resources we’ve seen shared across our network. We will update this list as additional resources become available.


For information about how to help in your region, please visit these websites:

Forum members seeking more information on disaster grantmaking, can find additional resources on the Forum’s Disaster Planning and Recovery page (login required).


The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is the go-to resource for philanthropists looking to help when disaster strikes. They will be sharing information that they collect and offering unique analysis of the storm’s impact on their website at its Super Typhoon Haiyan hub.

The CDP has also established the CDP Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Fund as well as a hotline for strategic philanthropic advice/assistance at (206) 972-0187.

Photo by NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images.

Staff Meeting: Meg MacIver

Staff Meeting is a feature here on the Forum’s Forum through which we check in with Forum staff members to find out what they’re working on, how you can get involved, and what they do in their off-hours.
Name: Meg MacIver
Position: Communications and Member Services Intern
Years with the Forum: 2 days

What are your primary responsibilities at the Forum?
I help with website maintenance by keeping it up to date with new content. I will also be assisting with other online communications, knowledge management, and analysis of membership surveys. I am around to help out with wherever I can.

What part of your job are you most excited about?
I am excited to learn more about the philanthropy world. The Forum is in an interesting position, collaborating with many different people at regional associations across the country. I look forward to learning more about how people share information and what issues are important to them.
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