Foundation News: On Leadership

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 >
Mar 16, 2015
Emerging from my three-month sabbatical, I feel as though I am just awakening from a dream. It is often in those first hazy moments when we wake up that we remember our dreams, albeit vaguely. The metaphor holds as I reflect on my immediate impressions of what was largely an inward-focused time...Read more >
Dec 8, 2014
The Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation joined 66 other foundations supporting the principles behind the EPA proposed rule to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.Read more >
Nov 5, 2014
Each of us, in our daily lives, finds that sometimes a break from intense focus will offer the renewal we need to continue our good work, whether it is in our workplace or for an afternoon of hauling firewood (as in my case!). In the professional realm, it is not often we have a chance to truly...Read more >
Sep 3, 2014
At the Switzer Foundation, we believe that climate change is the defining environmental issue of our time. The future of communities and ecosystems across the globe depends on how we respond to this moment. Whether our concerns are biodiversity, adaptation in drought-impacted agricultural systems,...Read more >


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