Collaborating for Change: Practices and Pitfalls from Across the Field
Board members, staff, advisors, and donors in family philanthropy.
For NCFP‘s 20th anniversary we decided to used our monthly webinars as a chance to revisit our Founding Values and Guiding Principles.
This month we will offer the field a free webinar on the Value of Respectful Collaboration. NCFP recognizes that collaboration and respect are key to building a healthy and strong family, organization, and community. In partnership with Exponent Philanthropy and Grantmakers for Effective organizations, we will learn from three giving families working on donor collaboratives, innovative grantee/grantor partnerships, and strategic funder and government collaborations. Please join us for this free special collaboratives webinar!
Maggi Alexander is a Partner at TPI and directs TPI’s Center for Global Philanthropy. In this role she supports individuals and families, foundations, and corporations in aligning their philanthropy with their values in ways that are more strategic. An entrepreneurial leader, Maggi has spent over 30 years focused on philanthropy to improve the quality of life for low-income children, families, and communities in the United States and over 30 countries worldwide. She has extensive experience building partnerships and alliances that cut across traditional divides and has worked in the corporate, philanthropic, nonprofit, and public sectors. Maggi’s experience in organizational development spans the early start-up process to achieving scale and sustainability; she is passionate about turning great ideas into reality. In 1991, Maggi joined the International Youth Foundation (IYF) shortly after it was established, playing numerous key leadership roles as the organization grew, including direct program and organizational leadership of a fast growing network of partner foundations across Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. Today, IYF is among the world’s leading public foundations focused on investing in young people, with operations in more than 80 countries. Prior to TPI, Maggi worked with the ImagineNations Group to provide rural young people and smallholder farmers with relevant education, training, and finance, fostering a new generation of Africans who are prosperous along the field-to-fork agriculture value chain. In 2006, Maggi founded Kids-Take-Action, a nonprofit aimed at inspiring service and social action among school-aged children. Over her career, Maggi has held several other senior leadership positions with national and international organizations, including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, UNICEF, the Fetzer Institute, and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Maggi is currently a Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at Babson College and serves on the Steering Committee of New England International Donors (NEID). She has a Master's degree from John’s Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.
Debbie Berger is co-founder and board chair of Unbound Philanthropy, an international foundation dedicated to promoting the ideal of self-determination. Unbound’s mission is to work collaboratively to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees while strengthening the host communities in which they live. Prior to the establishment of Unbound Philanthropy, Ms. Berger worked for JP Morgan in New York, Tokyo and London, as well as for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Ms. Berger holds a Graduate Degree in Law from London Guildhall University and a BA from Smith College. She was born and raised in Hawaii and attended Punahou School though she spent much of her youth in Japan. Returning to Hawaii in 2007 after many years in London, Ms. Berger co-founded The Learning Coalition to assist Hawaii’s public schools by building and strengthening community partnerships around their transformation into world class institutions of 21st century learning. Ms. Berger currently serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Hawaii Community Foundation, is a trustee of Smith College as well as Punahou School, and is a director of the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation. She currently resides in Honolulu with her husband, two children, and two dogs.
Meaghan Calcari Campbell is a Program Officer in the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Marine Conservation Initiative. Previously, she was at Conservation International, where she evaluated community-based conservation and economic development projects in the Philippines and Indonesia. Meaghan also taught middle school environmental education in Missouri, Indiana and North Carolina, the latter through a fellowship with the National Science Foundation. She facilitated a marine conservation funder working group in the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity. Meaghan also served on the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy’s San Francisco Bay Area steering committee and as board secretary for the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Network. She currently serves on the board of directors at the Environmental Grantmakers Association. As a cancer survivor, Meaghan is also involved in several local direct service organization for those impacted by cancer, most recently serving as Board President of the Bay Area Young Survivors. She received her Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Notre Dame, certificate of Reproductive Health and Women’s Rights from the University of Michigan, Master of Environmental Management from Duke University, and Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University.
Ellie Frey Zagel is 3rd Generation, Vice Chair and Trustee of her family’s foundation the Frey Foundation based in Grand Rapids, MI. For nearly a decade she has been deeply involved in working with the next generation of family business, family philanthropy, and family wealth, first as Director of the Family Business Alliance and now as President of Successful Generations, a company she recently founded.
What participants said:
NCFP consistently and brilliantly presents the very best education to family foundations and donor advisor funders. Though I actively participate in educational opportunities with many organizations in the philanthropic center it is those offered by NCFP that drill deeper into issues, savor the nuances of family grantmaking and produce products that motivate and inspire in an all embracing understanding of families and the dynamics that challenge them.
The Family Philanthropy Webinar series is a wonderful resource, allowing us to "attend" sessions from all over and to share materials with other members of our foundation. The transcripts of the sessions are also a valuable resource. Thank you for these Webinars.
NCFP webinars are an effective way for me to be stimulated and educated. I always expect excellent presenters and up to date information from NCFP, and have not been disappointed with these webinars. The recent one discussing women and philanthropy was very timely as women grow in their capacity and leadership roles in philanthropy. Thank you NCFP!
The National Center has been an indispensable source of wisdom, tools, and best practices for my clients on matters ranging from advancing intergenerational leadership transition strategies to building effective websites to creating discretionary grant making guidelines.
These webinar events are the most valuable as part of our SECF membership... we access current experts on the topics pertinent to family foundations...and we remain in our office!.... no travel expenses or conference fees... and we can access this information at a future time for our Board. A win-win for all of us who are so busy but are eager to stay current and networked.
I have attended many of NCFP's webinar and always walk away with new ideas that expand my knowledge of family philanthropy. The content is always amazing, well-structured and full of different perspectives. I especially love the stories told by presenters of their families journey within philanthropy and how they are impacting communities.
Creating Effective Next Gen Boards was by far the best webinar I have experienced. The material was well put together, well presented, easy to follow, and very engrossing! The youth on the webinar were very articulate and experienced and provided a unique insight into the benefits and pitfalls in involving 8 year-olds and up in family philanthropy, i.e. the younger we start, the better and easier it is for everyone! Thanks for this webinar!
I have participated for years in the Family Philanthropy Webinar Series, which has been a tremendous value-add for our subscription to NCFP Friends of the Family! This just keeps getting better and better with each passing month, and I'm so very impressed with the caliber of presentations and the organization behind them! Best webinar series in the field!