philanthropy

Webinar: The Promise of Inclusive Leadership

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2017-09-12
The Schott Foundation for Public Education is proud to present the next installment in a two-part webinar series highlighting 21st Century Inclusive Leadership in Philanthropy. In part one of our series Antoinette Malveaux, Dr. Sherece West Scantlebury and Kirsten Livingston offered important insight and reflections from their unique experiences and leadership journeys as women of color. They discussed why accountability, gratitude, reflection and dying to ego are key attributes core to inclusive leadership practice.

The Schott Foundation for Public Education is proud to present the next installment in a two-part webinar series highlighting 21st Century Inclusive Leadership in Philanthropy. In part one of our series Antoinette Malveaux, Dr. Sherece West Scantlebury and Kirsten Livingston offered important insight and reflections from their unique experiences and leadership journeys as women of color. They discussed why accountability, gratitude, reflection and dying to ego are key attributes core to inclusive leadership practice.

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Webinar: How Do You Build Inclusive Leadership in Philanthropy?

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2017-08-30

In this new age of political uncertainty and social unrest, leaders of color will be key to navigating philanthropy's future. The Schott Foundation for Public Education is proud to present the first in a two-part webinar series highlighting 21st Century Inclusive Leadership in Philanthropy. In celebrating Black Philanthropy Month in August, we will honor the contributions of Black professionals in the field and the cultural tradition of generosity that exists in our communities. 

In this new age of political uncertainty and social unrest, leaders of color will be key to navigating philanthropy's future. The Schott Foundation for Public Education is proud to present the first in a two-part webinar series highlighting 21st Century Inclusive Leadership in Philanthropy. In celebrating Black Philanthropy Month in August, we will honor the contributions of Black professionals in the field and the cultural tradition of generosity that exists in our communities. 

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Mobilizing Philanthropy to Improve School Climate for LGBTQ Youth

How can we ensure healthy school climates for LGBTQ youth, particularly youth of color in schools, in the present political environment? This was the animating question behind a wide-ranging funders briefing and strategy session held by the Schott Foundation for Public Education in partnership with Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Communities for Just Schools Fund in New York City on July 25th.

How can we ensure healthy school climates for LGBTQ youth, particularly youth of color in schools, in the present political environment? This was the animating question behind a wide-ranging funders briefing and strategy session held by the Schott Foundation for Public Education in partnership with Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Communities for Just Schools Fund in New York City on July 25th.

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How to Get a Job in Philanthropy

by Edgar Villanueva, Vice President of Programs and Advocacy
Like many professionals working in philanthropy, I was oriented to do work in the social sector and stumbled into a job at a foundation. When I started as a program officer at the age of 28, I wasn’t sure if I would make a career out of out of philanthropy. At that time there was a debate about whether or not philanthropy was even a viable career path.  Some believed it was a golden parachute for the successful retiree departing from their CEO jobs in corporate America, or from being the chancellor of some prestigious university. It was a strange place to be in 2005 – thankfully, things have changed and there are many more opportunities to explore careers in philanthropy today.

Like many professionals working in philanthropy, I was oriented to do work in the social sector and stumbled into a job at a foundation. When I started as a program officer at the age of 28, I wasn’t sure if I would make a career out of out of philanthropy.

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Webinar: Racism in Philanthropy: Effective Practices for Grantmakers

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2017-04-21

It’s time for a brave conversation about the role racism has in perpetuating the disparities we’re working together to eliminate - and how we, as philanthropy, given our history of privilege and wealth - can be a more authentic partner with community to address healing and reconciliation in our world.

We examined philanthropy’s role in addressing structural racism from the inside out. We discussed both the progress philanthropy has made and challenges that remain. We also highlighted practices and strategies for improving as a field to advance equity within our communities.

Philanthropy has a long history of providing much-needed resources for historically marginalized communities of color. Many foundations and donors view their investments as the solution to social problems that are rooted in poverty.

But is this approach enough to address racial disparities that persist across education, health and economics?

What does it take to reach full and true racial equity in these domains?

What Philanthropy and Community Learned in the Wake of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Rafael Torres
A year later, philanthropic and community leaders gathered in Orlando to reflect on the Pulse nightclub tragedy that took 49 lives. Our Rafael Torres participated in the Orlando Strong Funders Symposium and came away with valuable lessons about the power of community standing together in the face of hate. But this convening was more than a professional experience for Rafael. It was deeply personal.
Memorial site at Pulse Nightclub Photo by Rafael Torres  

This June marked the anniversary of a day that holds many titles:

Telling Our Story at 25

To commemorate our 25th anniversary, we just published a document that chronicles our history and explores our approach to supporting movements for education justice. To date, Schott has given more than $38 million through 931 grants to local, regional and national nonprofit organizations. In addition, we've leveraged another $70 million in funding to accelerate results. But our resourcing strategy takes it a step further. When we partner, we add customized support for individual grantee campaigns, through communication, policy, networking and philanthropic leveraging supports.

Resourcing Movements Philanthropy and Advocacy Partnerships to Secure the Opportunity to Learn

Resourcing Movements: Philanthropy and Advocacy Partnerships to Secure the Opportunity to Learn

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2017-05-11
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In 1991, the Schott Foundation for Public Education launched with an overarching objective that we still work toward today: to develop and strengthen a broad-based movement for equity in education, ensuring that all children have an opportunity to learn. This is a look back at how we've made that happen and the impact we've had over time.

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Through Hell or High Water: The #FundSouth Movement is Strong

by Edgar Villanueva
Last week, I and approximately 200 grantmakers and advocates from across the nation traversed horrific storms and endured prolonged travel delays to get to Charleston, South Carolina, for the Grantmakers for Southern Progress (GSP) 2017 Regional Convening. The three-day convening provided space to have discussions about capacity-building, building power for progressive change, racial justice, economic opportunity, and advancing equity in public education.

Foundations have had an “on again, off again” love affair with the South. Funding there tends to be short-term and typically in response to a natural disaster, a national crisis or an election, but some significant infrastructure has been laid to coordinate and expand opportunities for sustained foundation giving.

Invisible No More: Native Realities in a Post-Election Era

Less than 0.3% of philanthropic dollars go to Native groups. This fact was pointed out at Philanthropy New York’s event, “Invisible No More: Native Realities in a Post-Election Era”, by Schott Foundation Vice President of Programs and Advocacy Edgar Villanueva. Alongside Edgar were Native Americans in Philanthropy CEO Sarah Eagle Heart, American Indian Law Alliance President and Executive Director Betty Lyons, and moderator Patricia Eng, who is Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at The New York Women’s Foundation. The panelists discussed concerns of and hopes for philanthropy’s engagement with Native partners. Each panelist identified gaps in support for Indigenous communities but emphasized that these issues affect us all: the planet that the Native community is fighting to protect is a shared responsibility for all of us, and we must collaborate with others to save it.  

Less than 0.3% of philanthropic dollars go to Native groups. This fact was pointed out at Philanthropy New York’s event, “Invisible No More: Native Realities in a Post-Election Era”, by Schott Foundation Vice President of Programs and Advocacy Edgar Villanueva. Alongside Edgar were Native Americans in Philanthropy CEO Sarah Eagle Heart, American Indian Law Alliance President and Executive Director Betty Lyons, and moderator Patricia Eng, who is Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at The New York Women’s Foundation.

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