Reflective Practices

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April 2018 | The Giving Practice

What keeps you up at night?  Our hunch, based on interviews with dozens of skilled philanthropy practitioners, is that it’s not the “what” of your work. You care deeply about a place, a field or an issue. You work hard to stay on top of content knowledge. You network to learn from others. It...

Four Practices to Help You Work (and Sleep) Better
February 2018 | The Giving Practice

As a Senior Advisor and Vice President at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Gail C. Christopher led many initiatives that were not without controversy and difficult conversations. She launched the Foundation’s breastfeeding program as a health equity strategy for women and children...

Effective Philanthropy is Heart Work and Hard Work
August 2017 | The Giving Practice

This post is the result of networks and reverse engineering! I wanted to explore whether philanthropy practitioners have used ...

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June 2017 | The Giving Practice

Ever since we started this project I’ve wanted to interview Darren Walker because I admire his fusion of intellect and energy. I have wondered what tools and skills help him mobilize and manage these strengths as well as handle the inevitable struggles that come with the job. For all of us,...

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March 2017 | The Giving Practice

Sindhu Knotz and Jan Jaffe from The Giving Practice had a great conversation with Nikki Foster of Northwest Area Foundation  about reflective practices she has used in a for profit organization and in philanthropy.

Jan Jaffe: What does the...

February 2017 | The Giving Practice

Have you ever wanted to help…

  • Shift a group’s thinking from the tactical to the strategic?
  • Add the voice or perspective of the client/recipient to deliberations?
  • Reconnect a
  • ...
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February 2017 | The Giving Practice

In a conversation for Philanthropy's Reflective Practices, The Giving Practice's Sindhu Knotz and Jan Jaffe caught up with June Wilson, board member and executive director emeritus of Quixote Foundation, to learn about her reflective practices and the foundation’s application of reflective practices to racial equity work. "For me, it’s a way of reaching farther when I feel like I’ve hit a limit," she explains "If I can start by finding even 1% more patience, presence, love, imagination, I can break through that barrier."