Foundation News: On Leadership

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 >
Sep 28, 2020
As part of our effort to better align our investments with our mission, the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation is committed to engaging in shareholder resolutions that encourage companies to strengthen or adopt new policies and practices to improve environmental quality. In November 2019, for...Read more >
Jun 4, 2020
We write in acknowledgment of the massive upheaval currently underway around us, among us, and within us. Centuries of environmental destruction and resource exploitation set the stage for a global disease pandemic that has subverted our economy and exposed profound inequities in our health care...Read more >
Mar 19, 2020
Dear Switzer Fellows and friends of the foundation, On behalf of the staff, I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. I am writing with a few updates about the foundation’s activities during the current public health emergency. We converted the spring retreat and policy...Read more >
Mar 9, 2020
We have decided as a staff to serve only vegetarian meals at Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation events, starting with the current fellows’ spring policy communications retreat and our next alumni dinner on March 15th in Washington, D.C.Read more >
Oct 31, 2019
This post was co-authored by Executive Director Sarah Reed and Program Director Erin Lloyd. The decision to change the eligibility requirements was approved by the foundation’s Executive Committee in October 2019. With the launch of the 2020 Switzer Fellowship application on November 1, we are...Read more >
Oct 16, 2019
This week, I am celebrating my three-month anniversary as Executive Director of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. Having just made a major career transition, I decided to focus my first On Leadership post on my own leadership story, on how I arrived in this role, shifting from being a...Read more >
Aug 4, 2019
Fellow Cristina Balboa has published a new book, The Paradox of Scale: How NGOs Build, Maintain, and Lose Authority in Environmental Governance . It is an examination of why NGOs often experience difficulty creating lasting change, with case studies of transnational conservation organizations in...Read more >
May 21, 2019
BELFAST, Maine -- The Board of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sarah Reed as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective July 8, 2019. Dr. Reed will lead the Switzer Foundation in its next phase of growth as it prepares to support...Read more >

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