Funding film to educate, engage and achieve social change
Donors, board members, and others interested in strategies for funding film to achieve your philanthropic mission.
A picture is worth a thousand words and increasingly a well-designed film can catalyze impact far beyond the investment required to produce it. From the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the privacy issues raised by Edward Snowden to Jewish-Palestinian relationships, learn how donor families are using films to advance change on the issues of today. Join us for this fascinating look at family foundations investing in films and social action campaigns to advance their mission and create positive social change.
Ellen Friedman is the Executive Director at the Compton Foundation, which seeks to ignite change toward a sustainable, just, and peaceful future. The Foundation's program strategy supports transformative leadership and courageous storytelling in the areas of peace, environment, and women's reproductive health, rights, and justice. Previously Ellen served as the executive vice president of Tides where she worked for 23 years with individual donors and other social change activists. Ellen brings to her work a deep interest in organizational design and leadership, innovative grant program development and implementation, and a passion for transformative social change around the world. She is a trustee of Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, New Field Foundation, and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and she holds an MBA from UCLA. Ellen is the proud mother of two adult children and sings, hikes, and cooks for friends and family whenever she can.
Margery Goldman has had a multi-faceted career as educator, designer and entrepreneur. From living and teaching on the Navajo Reservation and then the pueblos outside of Santa Fe, Margery moved into a career in design and communications, followed by a wild 10-year fling in children’s product development. When Margery’s children’s product company was purchased, she (at last!) married and began, with her husband Marvin, a life devoted to philanthropy. Like her career, Margery’s philanthropy is also multi-faceted. Her funding moves through a wide range of issues from contemplative education (Naropa University) to women’s economic empowerment, to reproductive justice. Since her first trip to the Occupied Territories with Rabbis for Human Rights in 2008, a key focal point for Margery’s funding has been the resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. To that end, she was for several years co-chair of WDN’s Middle East Peace and Democracy Circle and has traveled multiple times to the region – twice with WDN. Margery supports numerous progressive organizations working to build a just civil society in Israel and a fair and sustainable peace for both peoples. If you ask Margery what aspect of her philanthropy has touched her most deeply though, she will tell you that it is the Donor Advised Fund she established for her 7 step-grandchildren to teach them about philanthropy. Set up following the passing of her husband in 2005 and directed with the help of staff at Denver’s Rose Community Foundation, the “Papa Marv Fund” has 3 funding cycles. “Each year,” Margery explains, “each grandchild gives away 2 individual grants and then all agree on one collaborative grant. I never cease to be amazed by the excitement the kids bring to each meeting and the growing sophistication of their grantmaking. It makes my heart soar!”
Lisa Jaguzny is Executive Director of the Campion Foundation, based in Seattle. Lisa has extensive experience leading nonprofit advocacy organizations, including 11 years at People for Puget Sound, where she was Deputy Director. During this time, she directed the organization's successful strategic growth through long-range planning, program development, financial management and fund development. She was also responsible for leading a 10-year partnership with The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land, a collaboration that resulted in the protection of more than 1,000 miles of Puget Sound shoreline. Lisa is an active member of the Vashon Island community, where she has served on the Board of Directors of the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust, provided pro-bono counsel for a number of local projects, and is a founding Board Member of the Vashon Island Schools Foundation.
Ellen Schneider is Founder of Active Voice and Director of AV Lab. Ellen has been a leader in social justice media strategies for over 30 years. She currently leads the Active Voice Lab, which builds tools — such as ThePrenups and HowDoWeKnow.net — that help people use stories, art, and culture to advance social change. In 2001, with support from MacArthur and Ford Foundations, she founded Active Voice, one of the first teams to leverage story-based media to put human faces on complex social and policy issues. Ellen was formerly the executive producer of P.O.V., where, in the 1990s she created High Impact Television®, a technique for creating links between independent filmmakers, opinion leaders, grassroots organizations and other media. She also consults with media-savvy pioneers like Atlantic Philanthropies, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Haas Jr Fund, and Participant Media.
Vincent Stehle is Executive Director of Media Impact Funders, a membership organization of foundation officials and philanthropists who support media and technology in the public interest. Previously, Stehle was Program Director for Nonprofit Sector Support at the Surdna Foundation, a family foundation based in New York City. He also served as a consultant with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in support of its efforts in media innovation and journalism. Prior to joining Surdna, Stehle worked for ten years as a reporter for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, where he covered a broad range of issues about the nonprofit sector. Stehle has served as Chairperson of Philanthropy New York (formerly the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers) and on the governing boards of VolunteerMatch and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). Currently he serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Effective Philanthropy.
Kathy Whelpley joined the National Center in May 2012 as Vice President. Kathy has spent the past 25 years working to build the assets and impact of philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she was with The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, where over 12 years she served in a variety of roles. As Chief Operating Officer, Kathy led the organization’s strategic planning, measurement and governance functions, while also managing all donor service, community investment and marketing activities. Beginning in 2001, Kathy led the Foundation’s response to 9-11, developing and managing the $25 million Survivors’ Fund, the largest fund in the country dedicated to the survivors of the attack on the Pentagon. Earlier in her career, Kathy was the founding Associate Director of the Freddie Mac Foundation, helping to grow this corporate foundation over 10 years into one of the largest corporate giver in the Washington region, with an annual giving budget of $20 million and national initiatives in education, child abuse prevention and fostercare/adoption. Previously, Kathy was a consultant at Campbell Communications, a public relations and health communications firm in Bethesda, Maryland and also held several reporting positions at newspapers in Virginia and New Jersey.
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The presenters had a variety of experiences and backgrounds that was very helpful in looking at the topic in different ways.
The survey questions were good and helpful for looking at funding films in the future, and the presentations were timely.