Foundation News: On Leadership

Oct 31, 2012
In early October, I participated in the annual retreat of the Environmental Grantmakers Association , the professional association for environmental funders in the US. Each year, the retreat offers funders an opportunity to hear from big picture thought leaders and from leaders across broad...Read more >
Aug 1, 2012
Many of us are keenly aware that to achieve positive outcomes on any complex, systemic, societal issue, whether it is environmental, economic or social in nature, we need to find ways to work collaboratively. This is by no means a new idea. But the realities of differing organizational missions,...Read more >
Apr 2, 2012
Every year in March, foundation representatives from around the country gather in Washington DC for Foundations on the Hill to meet with their Senators and Representatives to inform and educate them about the role of philanthropy in their states. I had the honor of being invited to join the Maine...Read more >
Mar 1, 2012
The Switzer Foundation is one of a growing number of Foundations which recognize the role that endowments and foundations can play in influencing more sustainable practices among the companies in which they invest. Foundations are required to ‘pay out” a minimum of 5% of their financial...Read more >
Feb 1, 2012
In late December, I received word that Patricia Switzer, who with her husband Robert Switzer started this foundation, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family. She was a strong spirit, with a wonderful sense of humor, great independence and was unfailing in her support of the Foundation...Read more >
Jan 25, 2012
A Leadership Learning Agenda is a written outline of your future vision, with goals and strategies to achieve that vision. Preparing a written document is intended to spur self-reflection as you examine your personal and professional aspirations and how the Switzer Foundation might help you reach...Read more >
Dec 28, 2011
In late November, I had the great honor and privilege of representing the Switzer Foundation to share our work investing in leadership, networks and innovation with a group of French foundation representatives in Annecy, France. The conference was the annual workshop[ (L’Atelier) of the Centre...Read more >
Sep 12, 2011
I spent the afternoon of September 11 taking a drive up the Maine coast to Winter Harbor, a small town near the home of painter Robert Shetterly. The local arts and community center had on display eighteen of Shetterly's portraits of contempoary american leaders who inspired him since 9.11 and...Read more >
Mar 28, 2011
The Switzer Foundation Network project is continuing and was recently highlighted by a presentation by our consultants from Leadership Learning Community ( www.leadershiplearning.org ). You can view their presentation and contact Lissa for more information. We are readily adapting the guidance on...Read more >
Jul 7, 2010
This year is the 25th anniversary of the Switzer Foundation and one of the great outcomes of this 25 year history is the Network of over 470 Fellows whose work supports a broad range of environmental issues in public and private sectors. One of the themes we aim to explore this year, is how to...Read more >

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