Center for Effective Philanthropy 2013 conference focuses on effective foundation practice

Center for Effective Philanthropy 2013 conference focuses on effective foundation practice

Posted on May 23, 2013 by Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation

As I arrived in Detroit for the Center for Effective Philanthropy's 2013 National Conference, I saw a city in transition from the shift in the automotive sector and economic downturn. Every city has vacant houses and buildings, but Detroit's abandoned property totals to the mass of San Francisco. How does a city rebound from decades of decline? It is similar to philanthropy's quest of tackling all social woes. No silver bullet.

As I tweeted and pondered the messages from the panelists and experts, the takeaways are the same...whether for a city creating its future or for a foundation creating a legacy:

• There is no one answer

• Progress will not happen in isolation

• People are assets and have assets

• Until every sector is engaged, potential is diminished

• Sparking imagination ignites momentum

• Listening is more valued than telling

• Be rigorous with what works, not just with what feels good

• Organic intentionality allows for course adjustment and new possibilities

• Invest dollars beyond programs...it costs money to plan, lead and do

• Stories combined with data resonate

• Watch when to lead, follow, or walk alongside

• Seek and celebrate the positives

As you read the takeaways from this conference, it is my hope that these threads are affirmed.

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