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2014 Spring Colloquium: A Conversation on the Social Sector

2014 Spring Colloquium: A Conversation on the Social Sector

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 -
10:00am to 1:00pm EDT
George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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Being Fearless: Driving Change for Impact

Every other year, CNJG brings together recognized thought leaders from both the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors for a conversation exploring topics of critical interest to the future of the social sector. The 2014 Spring Colloquium explored how grantmakers and nonprofits can strengthen communities by experimenting with innovative ideas and novel partners, and judiciously evaluating past failures. We hope you enjoyed timely exploration into how a more fearless, pioneering approach can improve the effectiveness and impact of philanthropy and lead to greater success.

Ellen W. Lambert
President, PSEG Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Corporate Citizenship and Responsibility, PSEG

Ben Cameron
Program Director for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Ami Dar
Founder and Executive Director, Idealist

Cindy T. Rizzo 
Vice President, Impact & Learning, Arcus Foundation

CNJG sincerely thanks our 2014 Spring Colloquium Sponsors: PSEG - Signature Sponsor; Verizon - Simulcast and Podcast Sponsor; Citi - Contributing Sponsor; and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey - Gift Sponsor. We also thank the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for providing additional support.


Spring Colloquium Audio Podcast


Do No Harm: Evaluation & Its Impact on Taking Risks


Grantmaking: Is the Process Broken?


Judging Failure & Re-Evaluating Success


Spring Colloquium Photos


View the story "Being Fearless: Driving Impact for Change"


Articles & Websites of Interest
Why 'Fail Fast' Isn't the Right Approach for Philanthropy
How Foundations Can Be the Risk Takers They Want to Be
Be Fearless, Case Foundation
"Fearless Philanthropy: Reaching Out, Taking Risks and Achieving More": A Conversation with Jean Case
To Be Fearless: Authored by Cynthia Gibson, Ph.D. and Brad Rourke on behalf of the Case Foundation
Inside Look: The Story Behind
Admitting Failure
TED Talks about Failure
Institute of Brilliant Failures
Risk, Failure, and Nonprofit Overhead: Paul Brest on Strategic Philanthropy
Philanthropists urged to take more risks and ‘talk about failure’
How Leading Philanthropists Fail Well
Grant Makers Open Up About Failed Project in Hopes Others Can Learn From Them
Smart Ways to Talk About Failure
Failing Forward
The Importance Of Recognizing And Embracing The Risks Of Philanthropy

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