Category Archives: Announcement

Donors Forum of Wisconsin and Northern California Grantmakers Announce New Leadership

The Donors Forum of Wisconsin and Northern California Grantmakers both announced new leadership last week as Jill Van Calster was named President and CEO of Donors Forum of Wisconsin (DFW) and David Greco was named Northern California Grantmakers’ (NCG) Interim President and CEO.

Jill Van Calster brings to DFW more than two decades of experience serving high profile Wisconsin nonprofit organizations. Most recently, Jill was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Curative Care Network. In this role, her broad scope responsibilities included leadership and oversight of day-to-day operations for Curative’s seven divisions. She has a passion for and proven track record of developing and leading high performing teams with a focus on exceptional quality service and outcomes.

David Greco brings more than 25 years of experience in driving the growth of social sector organizations working for a more just and equitable world. He is joining NCG after more than five years as Vice President of the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) where he led much of NFF’s funder services work including partnerships with NCG, Southern California Grantmakers, Philanthropy Northwest, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.


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.

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.

Meet Trista Harris, New CEO of MCF

trista150x150The Minnesota Council on Foundations announced today the appointment of Trista Harris as the association’s next president.  Harris is known nationally as a passionate advocate for new leaders in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. She has most recently served as executive director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice in Minneapolis, and she is chair of the national board of advisors of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP). Harris will succeed Bill King, who is retiring this summer after 25 years of service to MCF.

Harris’ prior professional experience includes service as program officer at The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation (now Minnesota Philanthropy Partners), as development director at Portico Healthnet, a nonprofit providing health coverage and education to uninsured Minnesotans, and in various research and management positions at other nonprofit organizations.

An accomplished author and speaker, Harris writes about generational changes in philanthropy on her blog, New Voices of Philanthropy. She has been featured on CNN and her work has been covered by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the New York Times, the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal and numerous social sector blogs.

Harris will officially join the organization on July 29, 2013 at the Forum’s Annual Conference.

Practices That Matter – Project Streamline Takes Stock of Streamlining

The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is a national partner for Project Streamline.


Project Streamline has a simple premise: that the cumulative impact of the philanthropic sector’s requirements undermines nonprofit effectiveness, causing grantseekers to devote too much time to seeking funding (often without payoff) and reporting on grants (often without benefit) to the detriment of their mission-based work.

Five years ago, Project Streamline – a field-wide effort led by the Grants Managers Network – published “Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted From Purpose,” a study of the burdens of application and reporting.

Since then, the effort has developed resources to help grantmakers understand this burden and take steps to reduce it. Project Streamline produced practical tools, convened conversations, offered workshops and webinars, and released a self-assessment instrument, developed in partnership with the Center for Effective Philanthropy. Many grantmaking associations and other philanthropy support groups have promoted streamlining concepts and principles.
Has it worked? Well, it depends on who you ask. Continue reading

North Carolina Network of Grantmakers Names New Executive Director

Ret PhotoThe Board of Directors of the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers has announced Ret Boney as the next Executive Director of the Network. Ret will begin May 13, 2013.

Previous to joining NCNG, Boney served as Senior Vice President of Clarity Group, a consulting group for nonprofits, and as the Deputy Editor of the Philanthropy Journal.

Welcome, Ret!

NCNG’s current executive director Bobbi Hapgood will depart on May 17th. Bobbi has played a vital role in the Forum Network especially in the policy realm, participating in PolicyWorks and leading the North Carolina Foundations on the Hill delegation. We wish her the best in her future adventures!

Save the Date: Forum Annual Conference

Image used under creative common license, courtesy of ThreeIfByBike on Flickr.We are excited to announce that our 2013 annual conference will take place July 29-31 in Milwaukee, WI!

The Forum’s Annual Conference is a key opportunity each year for regional association staff to come together for skill building sessions, networking, and thought provoking discussions with philanthropy leaders.

The PolicyWorks Institute will follow the conference on July 31-August 1.

Please stay tuned for a hotel announcement in the coming weeks. We hope to see many of you there!

Image used under creative common license, courtesy of ThreeIfByBike on Flickr.