Foundation News: On Leadership

Nov 2, 2016
At the fall retreats held in New England and California this year, we welcomed the 2016 Fellows and were joined by alumni and colleagues over the weekend. The fall retreats have evolved over recent years to be part of an intentional leadership training program for all new Fellows. While the spring...Read more >
Sep 8, 2016
As of May 2016, the Switzer Foundation has fully (99.98%) divested from the top 200 fossil fuel companies named in the Carbon Underground 200. The future challenge that remains for us is the investment side of the commitment. How do we invest in a clean energy future? How do we sustain returns to maintain our programs?Read more >
Jun 29, 2016
In the last few months, we have hosted a whirlwind of events celebrating the Foundation’s 30th anniversary. When Robert and Patricia Switzer established the Foundation, they knew they were committed to helping environmental leaders get the academic training they need to solve real world...Read more >
Nov 23, 2015
As a follow-up to the recent training at the fall California retreat, that will be complemented by a similar training in Boston in March, I want to share a list of resources that we developed in the process of our our self-education about strategies and resources for organizations and individuals...Read more >
Nov 17, 2015
The annual fall Switzer Fellows retreats concluded in early October and were enriching experiences for the new 2015 Fellows and alumni who participated. We are pleased that the ongoing relationship with Rockwood Leadership Institute continues to attract Fellow alums to the retreats, enhancing the...Read more >
Nov 17, 2015
For the last few years, the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA) , which is the national affinity group for environmental funders, has opened some of its funder-only gatherings to Switzer Fellows. Our partnership with EGA has evolved as we seek to offer new kinds of professional development...Read more >
Aug 6, 2015
Almost a year ago, the Switzer Foundation joined Divest-Invest Philanthropy , the foundation and endowment side of the broader fossil fuel divestment movement. The aim is to exit investments in fossil fuel companies, particularly those which hold significant reserves and were identified in the...Read more >
Jul 8, 2015
The recent events in Charleston, SC, and the tragic church burnings in the south have become a call to action for me – suggesting that no matter what specific issue area or sector of social, environmental or other community work we are engaged in, we have a responsibility to each other and to...Read more >
Jun 11, 2015
2000 Fellow (1971-2015) Rafe Sagarin’s tragic death has had many of us in the Switzer Fellowship Network grieving over the loss of a truly magical human being. I say magical because what I and others knew of him was that he epitomized a blend of smarts, savvy, adaptability, creativity and fortitude that one rarely finds in a single human being. by Lissa Widoff, Executive DirectorRead more >
May 27, 2015
The field of philanthropy includes foundations that make grants and donations and nonprofit organizations that fulfill social purposes. While both are nonprofits, they serve complementary roles in the “social sector”, the realm in which benefits for the social good are advanced, whether...Read more >


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