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Rooted in Love: Reflections on National Philanthropy Day

At its root, philanthropy means “love of humanity.” It is further defined as “the desire to promote the welfare of others expressed by the generous donation of money to good causes.” In practice, this is evident in our communities where money, time, and talent are offered to help foster change, and promote equity and opportunity. Every year, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) hosts National Philanthropy Day, a tribute to philanthropists and fundraisers who are changing the world. The AFP Golden Gate Chapter organized the event on November 4th, highlighting the exceptional work of nine individuals who are leaders and change makers. With more than 800 guests, National Philanthropy Day was a tremendous success. However, the success came not from the size of the event but the networks being developed throughout the philanthropic community – including those collaborating both on the donor side and the nonprofit organizations who benefit from their investments; that foster the change our communities, schools, economies, and individuals are determined to make happen.

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Join the Boston Learning Circle: Hear the Energy Action Network (Vermont) Story

Join the Boston Learning Circle:
Hear the Energy Action
Network (Vermont) Story

Friday, December 13, 2013 read more »

LLC MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Learning Cluster Organizers Alex Carter and Jenifer Wagley

We proudly Spotlight two participants of this year’s Creating Space X who have generously accepted the challenge of organizing a learning cluster around the topic of Leadership and Networks: Alex Carter of the Safe Spaces Project, and Jenifer Wagley of Avenue CDC. We were fortunate to catch up with both Alex and Jenifer this month to hear about their current work and the stories of how they arrived there. We also get their thoughts on self-organizing as they launch the Learning Cluster. Check out last month’s Spotlight on Learning Cluster Organizers: Cheryl D. Fields and Mary Stelletello, to hear more about these informal virtual learning meetings. We encourage you to join the upcoming Learning Cluster call. If you are interested in organizing or participating in a Learning Cluster, contact Lauren@leadershiplearning.org.

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The Bare Basics of Budgeting

At the end of September, I attended CompassPoint’s Budgeting for Programs, Grants, and the Organization Training with Sarah Gort. Although I have been monitoring and creating financial reports for LLC for over a year, this session gave me concrete tools and challenged me to continue to improve LLC’s financial monitoring to ensure sound management of our finances and promoting sustainability.

 

Most people get overwhelmed by numbers and want to run away from the process. Yet, money is what allows our organizations to keep the doors open, foster staff talent, and produce the important work that leads to social change. It does take effort, but these simple approaches can take the financial headaches out of our organizations and ensure sustainability.

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Is the Pipeline Metaphor Serving us Well?

We are excited to be writing the story of a program called On the Verge that is developing young leaders in Napa who are launching programs for emancipated youth, LGBTQ youth, young teachers and young parents. Many of these programs are being incubated through an umbrella organization, On The Move (OTM). We approached On the Verge about collaborating on a case study because we were excited about the impact the program was having on schools, neighborhoods, and its success in creating opportunities for young people to lead. Napa has a large Latino population (33%) and yet people of color are significantly underrepresented in leadership positions in business, government and the non-profit sector. On the Verge hopes to change this and has some big dreams about shifting the leadership demographics in Napa over the next ten years.

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Welcome New Philanthropy and Partnerships Manager, Elizabeth Lanyon!

If you have been following LLC’s transition and restructuring series, we have been implanting new strategies these past few months, which come at the recommendation of our board. Our board strongly suggested it was time to try something new to build LLC’s capacity to deliver on some very ambitious goals for 2017 – stay tuned for more info!

 

Earlier this summer, we conducted a successful search for a development staff member. With the support and guidance of CompassPoint, LLC was able to move forward on one of our goals and recruit an amazing Philanthropy and Partnerships Manager. Elizabeth Lanyon was interviewed by the entire LLC team and was a big thumbs up all around. She brings an impressive background in fund development, which we share below. We are impressed with her entrepreneurial spirit, a “can do” enthusiasm, a social change ethos and history of advocating for youth. read more »

Nonprofit Leadership Newsbrief: Power and Mindfulness in Leadership, October 2013

This month’s newsletter will take power and mindfulness, as it relates to leadership development, under its microscope. At Creating Space X 2013, we discussed how leadership is in a state of transition; that “wicked problems” or complicated problems of our age, such as climate change, income inequality, racial bias etc., will require a different kind of leadership to solve. This is a topic that most recently, UK actor and now guest Editor of the progressive New Statesmen magazine, Russell Brand, has recently taken to discussing. In this short soundbite from an Interview, he very passionately calls for a change in leadership and strategies to combat these wicked problems. We think it’s worth sharing!

 

This newsletter will examine the issues of power as it relates to leadership to combat these wicked problems. As we prepare to face the transition how can we re-orient our understanding and relation to power; how might we re-imagine power? read more »

Leadership in Networks

I just returned from the Center for Ethical Leadership’s annual Confluence, a meeting that brings a diverse group of people for 2-3 days to explore specific topics.  This years’ Confluence was a meeting on Network Principles in Play that brought together 65 network practitioners who are supporting networks focused on hunger and food insecurity, aging and a number of other issues.  I am still mulling over several questions that emerged for me in the course of conversation and the one that has the most traction of course… is about leadership.
 

I found myself thinking that it may be useful to draw on the parallel distinction between leadership and management that we bring to organizational leadership as we think about the type of leadership needed to help networks innovate and take action.  In her blog post last month, Miriam shared some observations she gleaned from a CompassPoint session on Leadership that explored the difference between management and leadership:

“Management concentrates on the details; what needs to be done now to reach our goal (agenda), the logistics, producing order and systems. Leadership keeps its eye on the larger picture; the mission, visualizing the larger goal (agenda). Success cannot be achieved if you do not have both in our projects.” read more »