Foundation News: On Leadership

Mar 2, 2022
With the transition to my leadership , the Board of Trustees recognized the need for a comprehensive review of the Switzer Foundation’s strategies, programs, and impacts. It has been nearly a decade since the foundation has engaged in strategic planning or program evaluation, and our network and...Read more >
Feb 14, 2022
Although an all-time high of $14 trillion in deposits is sitting in U.S. banks, estimates suggest that less than 1% of those funds are in socially impactful options . As part of our continued efforts to align all our practices with our values to improve environmental quality and advance social...Read more >
Jan 27, 2022
Last year, the foundation committed to transitioning our checking account and credit cards to a new bank as part of an ongoing effort to align all of our practices, from programmatic to administrative, with our values to improve environmental quality and advance social equity. We have now completed...Read more >
Aug 17, 2021
The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation is currently developing a Code of Conduct, which establishes norms and expectations for participation in virtual and in-person communication and events sponsored by the foundation. We invite all members of the Switzer Network to review and provide feedback on the draft Code of Conduct.Read more >
Jul 21, 2021
The Switzer Foundation updated our fellowship review process this past year. The goals were to bring a diversity of perspectives into the selection process, involve the Switzer Network in decision making, and provide alumni with a new opportunity to engage and give back to the foundation.Read more >
Apr 7, 2021
I am pleased to introduce Cora Preston as the new Network Manager for the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. The Network Manager position is intended to cultivate Switzer Fellows’ engagement as participants, contributors, and leaders of the Switzer Network, by sustaining high-quality...Read more >
Mar 19, 2021
We have completed our search for the newly reimagined role of Network Manager within the foundation. We look forward to introducing you to our new colleague soon! In the meantime, we are writing to share about the best practices for equitable recruiting that we employed in our search process.Read more >
Feb 10, 2021
A week before the inauguration of the Biden-Harris administration, the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation invited the Climate Solutions Collaborative (C2C) of Confluence Philanthropy and the Rainforest Action Network to present a webinar on decarbonizing bank lending to the Switzer and Confluence members.Read more >
Nov 12, 2020
The Switzer Foundation has created a land acknowledgement, as well this post about its purpose and the process of crafting it during a time without physical gatherings. We are seeking feedback from the network on the acknowledgement and hope to open discussion on the process.Read more >
Oct 29, 2020
As Election Day approaches, we are pleased to share the news that the Switzer Foundation has joined our peers in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors to provide paid time off for our staff to vote and volunteer in nonpartisan engagement efforts tied to the election. Specifically, we have updated...Read more >

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