Scalability, impact, collaboration, sustainability, evaluation---all hot and important topics in philanthropy and the social sector. My feeling is, however, these are not just the latest buzzwords, but really ideas, concepts, and actions that are with us for the long haul. In our work to figure out what the "new economy" or "new normal" is, the core questions remain the same: how can we solve problems? how can we effect change?
No doubt one way to stay current in how these questions are being answered, addressed, or framed is to show up for the conversation and be a part of the discussion. Learn from experts and leaders in the social and philanthropic sector who analyze and critically think about the shifts in our field daily. One of those thinkers and leaders is William Foster, Senior Partner, Bridgespan Group and incoming Executive Director of the Jacobson Family Foundation. I highly recommend two of Foster's most recent articles, both featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review: “Ten Nonprofit Funding Models” (Spring 2009), and “Finding Your Funding Model” (Fall 2011).
Please join us for an upcoming special event with William Foster, Philanthropic & Executive Leadership: Bringing Nonprofits to Scale, Tuesday, October 18th from 12-2pm. This event is sponsored by the Foundation Center, UpStart Bay Area, and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Register >>
More articles and events on this hot topic:
- "How Big? How Great?" by William Foster & Toby Rubin
- "The Challenges in Scaling Growth of Nonprofits", by Adin Miller
- Scaling Greater Heights: From Strategic Planning to Innovative Business Plans, with Paul Connolly & Kim Mazzuca