Are some of the concepts that resonated most with me, and are some of the most important takeaways in my opinion. I feel that without the want for leverage and access to combat the lack of, I think the world would be a much different place. And in connection to scaling I think being able to replicate situations and formulas that work is also very important because it will help provide a basis for create long lasting and positive change.
It would be interesting to hear from the ACLU given the current political climate.
1. Philanthropy covers a much broader range of subjects than I initially imagined
2. The amount of impact per dollar to a philanthropic cause can vary greatly
3. Corporate philanthropy is much more widespread than I imagined
I would be interested to see more talks from smaller philanthropies, to compare to larger corporate or just large philanthropies
1. One of the biggest take-aways I have had rom the first part of the series is that there are somethings that an organization can scale and replicate, but everywhere there are issues specific to the specific community. So if you were to scale it is important to make sure what you are doing in the community is the right thing to do, and once you have figured out that system how can it be replicated to work in other communities while still being unique.
2. Another big take-away I had was one of the main goals of foundations is to step in and work with the non-profit while they are just getting started. It is not only about giving them money when they are getting started but also about connecting them with other people, and giving them resources they can use once they no longer need what you are giving them.
3. Finally I took away that it is imported to know where you are working and who you are working with the closer and better the bond is between organizations, the more achievement the organizations will have.
I would like to hear more from the smaller foundation/non-profit side of things we heard from a lot of big organizations but not very many small local ones like the ones we will work with.
One key takeaway that I've learned from our guest speakers is the importance of passion in the work that you do. So many leaders of organizations and foundations are where they are because of the issues that have directly impacted them or speak to them most. Considering your own experiences and emotions regarding justice, is key to putting you on a path to philanthropy throughout your life. Not only this but it assures a higher chance of long term impact in the communities your involved with.
I would love to hear from an organization/foundation that works with art/sports (music, painting, dance, soccer, etc) as an outlet for minority students, or underserved youth. I would also be very interested in hearing environmental organizations speak about the work they do on a more local and private scale.
About half of the speakers that have presented are in some way related to corporate philanthropy. This was surprising to me because when I think of philanthropy I imagine it as an individual giving and not a corporation. I also support corporate philanthropy and venture capital because as we have seen they are able to reach a broader audience more effectively than individual givers. I haven't given much thought to who I would like to see represented in the second speaker series however I would like to hear from a smaller philanthropic organization which services a specific issue instead of more general organizations such as draper international. Additionally we have heard from only one local philanthropic organization and seeing as how many of us are more familiar with local issues I think that it would be beneficial to hear from more of them such as Glide memorial church or The Sobrato Organization.
I think that I learned about the process of philanthropy during these last two weeks that I would not have had the opportunity to learn about without the speaker series. My first key takeaway is that I really believe that education one of the most important areas of need in my mind. When Jeff from Roses in Concrete came to talk to us, it really opened my eyes on how important education is, how beneficial non-profit organizations and programs can be for students, and how many areas there are that need change. This strongly encourages me to donate or help education based non-profits. My second main takeaway was learning more about the different ways non-profits can help organizations or people. For example, before hearing Mrs. Richards speak, I had no knowledge on the venture-capitalist branch of philanthropy. Her organizations work showed me how impactful a grant or donation to a non-profit during its early years, as well as expert support, can make a huge difference in the organization's long run success. I also didn't know that there are organizations, such as the Horizons Foundation, that can redistribute donations to best support specific causes using their expertise. My final takeaway from the speaker series was how much power the government has in making a change in society. I learned that the Bill Gates Society would't even come close to what California can donate, and this really shows how important our government is in benefiting society.
One main thing I have been influenced on is the understanding I now have on what subject they choose to conduct their philanthropy in. I was really affected by the reading on on of the first few days of class about effective altruism. My thoughts after that were primarily about how organizations could justify taking resources and money from those who would benefit a lot more from it. I saw that the highest priority was not always the possible good it would do as, but how it resonates and affects you.
One major takeaways was from Jeff Duncan-Andrade's talk. In describing the function of education in our society and the role of Roses in Concrete, he provided a striking example. He discussed how the GI Bill supposedly insured housing for returning veterans Post WWII. However, due to redlining and racial segregation, many GI's were discriminated against in the housing market. This conveyed that while and idea may look good and fair on paper, it does not guarantee that everyone will have access to it as a result of inequitable circumstances. Another takeaway came from the Room to Read Lecture. While Erin Ganju recognized the incredibly low literacy rates in certain Asian countries, she created the organization to directly impact specific communities and disadvantaged groups such as girls. Her message: Take it to scale, but keep it locally relevant - how can an idea it be replicated and grown.
And finally, Robin Donohoe talked about the role of a foundation in continually supporting a nonprofit. Through funding and mentorship, she demonstrated how foundations can effectively cultivate a nonprofit so that is has measurable success.
Personally, I would like to hear from non-profits that are involved in environmental issues locally/nationally/internationally. I am particularly interested in this area having recently done some research on the global water crisis, and organizations such as the Sierra Club for this class. Not would it be interesting to hear about what groups are doing to combat climate change, deforestation, etc, but how it ties in with the new administration and future policies.
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