posted by Jeff Clarke, Vice President
This Friday, November 12th, the Alaska Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will host its premier annual Alaska Philanthropy Day Conference and Luncheon at the Anchorage Sheraton Hotel. This event is held in conjunction with National Philanthropy Day and celebrates the outstanding contributions of philanthropy in our communities throughout Alaska.
Last week annual gatherings of Philanthropy Northwest in Blaine, Washington, Neighborhood Funders Group in Minneapolis and Communications Network in Los Angeles convened grantmakers to share information and learning from the field.
Many conference attendees blogged about their experiences at these events; we are linking two of those blog posts here, one by The Russell Family Foundation CEO Richard Woo reflecting on Philanthropy Northwest’s conference theme, the Power of Place.
Information has value, and foundations are often positioned to gather great amounts of it. The importance of sharing information is a topic we discuss frequently here at Rasmuson Foundation. This week, Rasmuson staff will be scattered across the country attending a number of information-rich philanthropy meetings where discussions will range from topics such as the role of philanthropy in civil society, how the economy is challenging foundations, and ways to use new communication tools to convene discussion and build engagement around issues, just to name a few.
The Alaska Funders Group is a loose knit group of community, corporate and private funders who meet quarterly to build network, share opportunities, and exchange ideas and practices. Philanthropy Northwest provides basic support services.
Last Thursday, about 40 people convened at The Alaska Community Foundation to hear two corporate funders – Kaladi Brothers Coffee and The Pebble Partnership – discuss the role of community giving and supporting practices within their respective organizations.
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