Has your foundation funder recently told you that you shouldn’t count on future multi-year funding?
Are you experiencing an increased number of denied grant proposals from foundations?
Arguably, the past few years have represented the most tumultuous period in the American philanthropic and nonprofit sectors in the last three decades. While the impact of the recession and economic crisis are the clearest changes to the landscape, moves toward more focused and strategic giving, sensitivities about organizational capacity, and the role of new forms of giving promise to impact foundation giving now and well into the future. The Future of Foundation Giving, a facilitated discussion lead by two seasoned foundation grantmaking professionals will begin by outlining emerging changes to foundation giving and then engage participants in a group strategy design session to uncover appropriate responses both opportunities and challenges within the changing landscape.
This workshop will be facilitated by Miles Wilson and Allison Lugo Knapp.
Miles Wilson is the Director of Philanthropic and Nonprofit Services at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. Before joining the Johnson Center, Miles served as director of the Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement and Nonprofit Development at Northern Kentucky University. As a program director of the Omidyar Foundation in Redwood City, Calif., Miles worked with a small team of professionals to assist the founder and chairman of Ebay with his charitable endeavors. Prior to this, he served from 1998 through 2003 as vice president for grants and programs with the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Miles holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in higher education policy and leadership from Ohio State University.
Allison Lugo Knapp is the Program Director of Philanthropic Services at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. Prior to her role at the Johnson Center, she was a program officer at the Battle Creek Community Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, where her work focused on arts and culture, youth, and neighborhood grantmaking. She is a former member of the national board of advisors of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) and is a founding member of the EPIP Michigan chapter. She currently serves on the Ethics and Practices committee and Next Generation Task Force of the Council on Foundations, and on the board of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) in Grand Rapids. She holds a bachelor of arts in international relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University and masters of public administration in urban and regional planning from Grand Valley State University.
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