Discussing Philanthropy's Response in Changing Times

Posted on June 15, 2011 by Pam Truitt

When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” (Chinese proverb)

Next week, I’m taking a road trip all-the-way-up-to-Tampa so that I can listen to two philanthropic leaders discuss “Philanthropy’s Response in Changing Times”—a program sponsored by the Florida Philanthropic Network (FPN).

This is one of four forums across the state:  June 20th in West Palm; June 21st in Tampa; June 22nd in Orlando; and June 23rd in Jacksonville.  Check out FPN’s website for details and try to attend if a conversation is happening close by.

Given the questions on the FPN website, I am hoping for deep and insightful conversations with the panelist:  Nancy Gidusko, Director, Community Relations, Walt Disney World  and Debra Jacobs, CEO, The Patterson Foundation (TPF’s fearless leader!)

To whet your appetite, here are a few of the questions for the panelists:

Ø  How is philanthropy’s role evolving beyond just grantmaking?

Ø  What creative ideas and solutions have emerged from the recent challenges to address community needs?

Ø  How are we leveraging our positions and resources to gain footing in shifting times?

Ø  What are we doing to engage the larger community in the efforts of local philanthropy?

Ø  How are we communicating differently about the work of philanthropy and our role in our communities?

Pretty loaded, huh?  Next week, I’ll share the conversation—what was said and how it was received. Of course, I’m hoping to hear words like partnerships and collaboration used liberally and applied honestly.

While we’re waiting for their answers, what questions would you like to see the panelists address?


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