Within Michigan’s nonprofit and philanthropic sector there lies a group of relatively new, and relatively young professionals hard at work creating opportunities for emerging leaders to develop professionally. Their goal: to better connect and develop the skills of a generation who will soon lead in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector.

Nationally, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network …

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Originally posted on the Council on Foundations RE:Philanthropy blog. 

I found it somewhat ironic that the civic participation session was lightly attended (about 25 people) – but that’s the curse of the final-morning time slot.  As advertised, panelists addressed a range of civic participation efforts, from voter registration to community visioning and planning.

For me, the biggest “aha!” was …

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Originally posted on Council on Foundations RE:Philanthropy blog.

This one was personal.

I went to this session for reasons not related to my day job as a journal editor.  I am on the board of a nonprofit organization (Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development) and we are talking about this issue.   When I was in college, I had …

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Originally posted on Council on Foundations RE:Philanthropy blog.

In the session, “Diversity and Effectiveness in Philanthropy: A Leadership Exchange on Next Steps and Opportunities for the Field,” Foundation CEO’s  Carol Goss (Skillman), Sterling Speirn (W. K. Kellogg) and Diane Kaplan (Rasmuson Foundation), along with Aaron Dorfman, Executive Director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy spoke …

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Originally posted on the Council on Foundations RE:Philanthropy blog. 

[Editor’s note: We asked contributors to tell us a question they think philanthropy needs to explore as the Atlanta conference begins. Here’s Teri’s  answer.]

2009 will no doubt go down as one of the most crisis-filled years in history (at least I hope it doesn’t get much worse!).  …

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