The Foundation Review Webinars

Our webinars feature authors and editors from The Foundation Review and provide additional insights into specific articles and issues. Sponsored webinars and those older than two years are free to view below or in The Foundation Review YouTube video playlist.

Subscribers can register for webinars at no cost; non-subscribers pay $39 and the fee can be applied to a new subscription.


Strategic Learning in Foundations (Vol. 11, Issue 1)

Many in the philanthropic world are grappling with the challenges of learning by developing frameworks and identifying allies to support it. Authors from Vol. 11, Issue 1 on Foundation Learning share lessons from both inside and outside the foundations doing this work. Featuring Matthew Carr (Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation) and Clare Nolan (Engage R+D). Moderated by Teri Behrens (Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy).


Growing a Marketplace for Impact Investing (Vol. 8, Issue 5)

Stephanie Gripne (Impact Finance Center), Joanne Kelley (Colorado Association of Funders), and Kathy Merchant (Impact Finance Center) discuss kick-starting a regional impact investing network and the role that foundations and regional grantmaker associations can play in this webinar based on their article, “Laying the Groundwork for a National Impact Investing Marketplace.”


The Future of Community (Vol. 8, Issue 3)

Laurel Carlton (Community Foundations of Canada) shares her experiences with the Canadian network of community foundations as they adopted a knowledge-driven approach to leadership. Deborah Markley (Center for Rural Entrepreneurship) shares the latest thinking about economic development philanthropy. Based on articles in Vol. 8, Issue 3.


Implementation Science: Bridging Strategy and Practice (Vol. 8, Issue 2)

Allen Smart (Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust), Douglas Easterling (Wake Forest School of Medicine), and Allison Metz (University of North Carolina) share their experiences using implementation science tools in the Healthy Places NC initiative. Thomas Kelly (Hawaii Community Foundation) offers observations based on his own experience with implementation science. Based on articles in Vol. 8 Issue 2.


A Foundation’s Theory of Philanthropy (Vol. 7, Issue 4)

A theory of philanthropy articulates how and why a foundation will use its resources to achieve its mission and vision. The theory-of-philanthropy approach is designed to help foundations align their strategies, governance, operating and accountability procedures, and grantmaking profile and policies with their resources and mission. Michael Quinn Patton his article, “A Foundation’s Theory of Philanthropy: What It Is, What It Provides, How To Do It” co-authored by Nathaniel Foote and James Radner.


Embrace Your Inner Publisher (Vol. 7, Issue 2)

Foundations and nonprofits produce a large amount of written material that is often released with a short-term perspective on sharing. Learn techniques that enable long-term, open-ended discoverability, sharing, and use of the knowledge captured in your written works. Based on the article, “Grey Matter(s): Embracing the Publisher Within” by Lisa Brooks and Gabriela Fitz from Foundation Center.


Common Cause: Aligning Foundations and Consultants (Vol. 7, Issue 1)

Chris Cardona (Ford Foundation) and Barbara Kibbe (S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation) share their insights on the challenges in aligning foundation staff and external consultant skills and expectations in order to have an effective engagement. Based on the articles, “Both Sides of the Equation” and “Balancing Content and Process Expertise in the Practice of Foundation Consulting” from Vol. 7 Issue 1.


Aligning Grants with Strategy (Vol. 6, Issue 3)

Lori Fuller (Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust) presents a webinar about the priority grid — a tool to help focus staff attention on key strategic elements: alignment with focus areas, depth of impact, and scope of impact. Based on the article, “Using a Priority Grid as a Tool for Shaping Strategy and Building Impact” from Vol. 6 Iss. 3.


Being the Change You Want to See: Three Foundations’ Paths Toward Racial Equity (Vol. 6, Issue 1)

Lori Bezahler (Edward Hazen Foundation), Christopher J. King (Consumer Health Foundation), and Carrie Pickett-Erway (Kalamazoo Community Foundation) discuss their organizations’ work toward racial equity with moderator Susan Taylor Batten. The webinar is based on articles in The Foundation Review’s special issue on Racial Equity.


Helping Philanthropy and Government Work Better Together (Vol. 5, Issue 4)

Based on the article “Offices of Strategic Partnerships: Helping Philanthropy and Government Work Better Together” by James M. Ferris and Nicholas P. O. Williams, this webinar discussion is moderated by Karen Aldridge-Eason.


Learning as Strategy (Vol. 5, Issue 3)

How can foundations improve how they learn about their strategies when operating in complex settings? Patricia Patrizi and Elizabeth Thompson, along with co-authors Julia Coffman and Tanya Beer, present a webinar based on their article, “Eyes Wide Open: Learning as Strategy Under Conditions of Complexity and Uncertainty” from Vol. 5 Issue 3.


Inside Foundation Evaluation (Vol. 5, Issue 2)

Julia Coffman and Tanya Beer of the Center for Evaluation Innovation discuss their article, “Benchmarking Evaluation in Foundations: Do We Know What We Are Doing?” published in Vol. 5, Issue 2.


Network Principles for Collaboration Success (Vol. 5, Issue 1)

Jane Wei-Skillern discusses four counter-intuitive principles for successful collaboration, including promoting others instead of yourself and managing through trust rather than control. Jane is joined by sector colleagues who comment on applying these principles in practice. Based on Wei-Skillern’s article, “Four Network Principles for Collaboration Success” co-authored with Nora Silver from Vol. 5 Issue 1.


Impact Investing: Lessons from the Field (Vol. 4, Issue 4)

As foundations gain experience with impact investing, they are learning more about both the advantages and the challenges. Authors Amy Cheney, Kathy Merchant, and Robert Killins share some of their foundation’s experiences with impact investing. David Newton and William Ginsberg bring the board and staff perspectives to the challenges they faced at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven over a period of several years as they worked to launch an impact investing program. Based on the article, “Impact Investing: A 21st Century Tool to Attract and Retain Donors” from Vol. 4 Issue 4.


College Access Network: Collective Impact Revisited (Vol. 4, Issue 4)

Nathan Daun-Barnett and Jeff Cohen discuss the collective impact framework in action. Based on the article, “Models of Social Change: Community Foundations and Agenda Setting” from Vol. 4, Issue 4, co-authored by Nathan Daun-Barnett, Jessica Wangelin, and Haley Lamm.


Tactics in Philanthropy: The Case of the Moving Spotlight (Vol. 4, Issue 3)

Dan Martin and Alan Holt present a thought-provoking discussion drawing on their experiences with the Moving Spotlight approach and the importance of tactical decisions. Based on Martin’s article, “Tactics in Philanthropy: The Case of the Moving Spotlight” published in Vol. 4. Issue 3.


Building the Capacity of Networks to Achieve System Change (Vol. 4, Issue 2)

Doug Easterling, Sandra Mikush, and Gayle Williams share insights based on Easterling’s article, “Building the Capacity of Networks to Achieve Systems Change” from Vol. 4 Issue 2.