Sharing partnership lessons in Los Angeles

Sharing partnership lessons in Los Angeles

Posted on March 06, 2014 by The Patterson Foundation

Sharing? We live for it.

We happen to believe all the great (and sometimes challenging) lessons we learn in our work are like cookies that shouldn't be stuffed in a cookie jar but rather shared with anyone who would benefit from a morsel.

For that reason, we always welcome the opportunity to share with our colleagues in the social sector. Next week, we'll have the chance to do just that along with our national partners the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading during the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations conference in Los Angeles.

The gathering brings together grantmakers that foster collaboration and innovations that challenge the status quo in field of philanthropy and in a constantly changing world.

We know positive social change is accelerated when people and organizations collaborate, connect and share new ideas with others. Whether we’re helping more than 140 communities learn from each other and connect virtually through the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading or supporting the work of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to help funders respond more intentionally in the face of disasters – it’s all about realizing that real change requires depth of partnerships and resources.

During the session, “We Are All Disaster Funders,” on Tuesday, March 11, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m, attendees will learn how to develop and strengthen long-term recovery plans in their communities by applying lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy. The session features:

  • Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation
  • Robert Ottenhoff, president and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy
  • Molly de Aguiar, director of media & communications at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

The second session, “From Concept to Community Groundswell: Communications Builds Support for Grade-Level Reading,” on Wednesday, March 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., will illustrate the importance of networks in amplifying philanthropic impact by exploring the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a network of more than 140 communities across the country committed to improving the futures of children from low-income families by increasing their reading proficiency. Speakers include:

  • Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and senior vice president at the Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Roxanne Joffe, founder/integrative strategist of MagnifyGood, on behalf of The Patterson Foundation
  • Jennifer Torres Siders, community relations manager at the University of the Pacific

Follow @DebraMJacobs, @RoxanneJoffe for conference insights and follow #2014GEO on Twitter.


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