NCFP Nonfamily Staff Peer Network Discussion Group: Achieving Equity…How Exactly? (Call 1)
Members from NCFP's Nonfamily Staff Peer Network interested in this topic. Participation is limited to 15 attendees.
The idea of incorporating equity in philanthropy is gaining traction in the field. The reasons why may be obvious – from longstanding commitments to helping those most marginalized to recent electoral outcomes. But the how of embracing equity can prove elusive – especially when family foundations turn that equity lens inward. What does equity “look like” inside a foundation? Where is the best place to start? How do foundations cultivate an equity agenda among family board members and foundation staff – especially if an explicit focus on equity is something new and different? What are the biggest challenges in incorporating equity? What are examples of equitable practices that have been successfully implemented?
This series of three interactive webinars, each discussing what foundations are doing to incorporate equity internally, will allow members of NCFP's Non-Family Staff Peer Network to explore ways family foundations are making equity a part of their day-to-day operations, and how to overcome barriers to doing so. We’ll also discuss how equity can help family foundations define and enhance their efforts at transparency. Each webinar will be led and facilitated by Kris Putnam-Walkerly, global philanthropy advisor, focusing on a key finding from her recent field scan, “The Road to Achieving Equity,” conducted on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Discussions will focus on topics such as defining equity, engaging board members, and operationalizing equity.
Kris Putnam-Walkerly is a recognized expert and leader in philanthropic program design, implementation, evaluation, and communication. Her firm, Putnam Consulting Group (formerly Putnam Community Investment Consulting), is employed by high-profile national foundations, corporate philanthropies, and nonprofits from coast to coast, as well as by smaller regional or local foundations that want to achieve big impact. Her clients include The Annie E. Casey Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, and many more.
Kelly Chopus is a social responsibility and philanthropy executive with extensive experience in strategic external relations, corporate giving and community building. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Robins Foundation in Richmond, Virginia, where she is responsible for the operations, management and grant making for the one of the region’s largest family foundations. She has been in the role since September 2013.
Most recently Chopus served as Director of Community Relations for Fortune 500® aerospace and defense manufacturer, Goodrich Corporation in Charlotte, N.C. There, she supervised all global philanthropy, community relations and volunteerism. She also served as Vice President of Business Operations for the former WNBA Charlotte Sting from 2002-2005 and as an Associate Producer for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Olympiad.
In September 2012, Chopus was awarded the 2012 Mover and Shaker Award by Business Leader Magazine. In 2013, The Mecklenburg Times named her one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte, N.C. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards, task forces and committees across the country, including a board membership for Association for Corporate Contributions Professionals and the U S Airways Education Foundation. Most recently she was elected to the board of directors for the Southeastern Council on Foundations in Atlanta, Georgia and to the Friends of the Family Committee of the National Center for Family Philanthropy in Washington, DC.
She is the proud wife of a non-profit executive and the mother of three smart, funny and compassionate teenagers.
Patrick Troska has been with The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota since 2000, and was named Executive Director in January 2011. In addition to providing leadership for the Foundation’s overall strategy, he also has primary responsibility for grantmaking and initiatives for the Foundation’s funding strategies in the areas of housing and transit. During his tenure with the Foundation, he first served as a Program Officer, before being promoted to Senior Program Officer with responsibilities to oversee all aspects of the Foundation’s annual grantmaking program. In the late 1990’s, he was a Fund Distribution and Community Initiatives Manager for the United Way of the Saint Paul Area. Patrick began his career in youth services where he held several positions with the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and Minnesota Children's Museum. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in theology and social work from St. John's University in Collegeville MN, and holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. In June 2009 he completed a fellowship in public policy at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He chaired the board of directors of the Minnesota AIDS Project from 2010-12. Patrick currently resides in Minneapolis, MN.
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