Spending Up: A Discussion on Strategic Lifespan at the Quixote Foundation
Board members, staff, advisors, and donors in family philanthropy.
In the 2015 Trends Study, NCFP found that nearly three-quarters of all family foundations are still considering whether they want to limit their philanthropic lifespans. This webinar features a roundtable discussion on questions to ask your organization, values and beliefs that play into the decision, and the benefits and costs of choosing to spend up your foundation, featuring the perspectives of two leaders from The Quixote Foundation, which will complete its “spend up” process in December 2017.
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Determined to put the fun in funder, Lenore Hanisch brings a unique sense of joy and perspective of abundance to her role as a board member and Senior Director of Engagement and Partnerships of the Quixote Foundation. Described as a “free-range rebel,” Lenore brings courage, conscience, and silo-busting ideas to Quixote and the Women Donors Network, where she served on the board. With an open heart and curious mind, she persistently and playfully probes the prevalent paradigms of philanthropy. An aspiring writer and voracious reader, Lenore is a proud member of The Roving Writers, a group of wild women artists who got their start together at Hedgebrook: Women Authoring Change. As her Quixote Foundation chapter closes, Lenore looks forward to continuing to disrupt, with joy and love, the world of philanthropy and social change.
Jeffrey Solomon is the former president of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies (ACBP). A widely recognized expert on philanthropy, he has written more than 120 articles on the subject for professional and popular audiences, and has taught it at New York University. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Council on Foundations, where he chaired the Committee on Ethics and Practice; been chief operation officer of the United Jewish Appeal Federation in New York; and he is a founding trustee of World Faiths Development Dialogue. One of ACBP’s most innovative launches was The Gift of New York, a program aimed at helping families who had lost a loved one during the tragedy of September 11, 2001, by making available to them the hundreds of arts, cultural, and sports venues as a way to begin a healing process
June Wilson, executive director emeritus and board member of the Quixote Foundation, combines her talent as a dancer and choreographer with the operational expertise of a COO and strategic acumen of a CEO. She understands people’s physical and emotional interactions within a literal, conceptual or practical space and can quickly translate what she sees into strategic systems. Her unique approach has strengthened nonprofits like the Minnesota Dance Alliance in Minneapolis and the National Performance Network in New Orleans. At Quixote she artfully guided the design and implementation of their “Spend Up” approach to operating within a strategic lifespan and transformed the foundation’s commitment to racial equity. She looks forward to her next stage, where she’ll continue to translate movement into meaningful patterns for those working for social change.
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