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2018 Spring Colloquium: A Conversation on the Social Sector

Thursday, May 24, 2018 -
10:00am to 1:30pm EDT
George Street Playhouse,103 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ
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Breaking Through in the New Media Paradigm

Every other year, the Council 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 2018 Spring Colloquium will consider the current media landscape and the implications for the social sector.

Industries change…evolve…reform themselves. Media has transformed more rapidly in the past decade than any industry in history. First, digital began upending the traditional news model, diminishing capacity for meaningful coverage. Then came the rise of social, eroding our attention spans and driving more and more of us into newsfeed silos. And now, we have bots. Fake News. Not just media overload, but growing concerns about the presence of actual truth.

What does this new paradigm mean for the Social Sector, where dedicated foundations and nonprofits are working to improve our communities, and foster change? With so much content noise bombarding us all day, how do we make sense of it all, and help our constituents do the same? In this increasingly segregated and untrusting information environment, how do we take best advantage of evolving platforms and technologies, to advance our causes and foster genuine debate around complex issues? How do we break through?

One of the most highly regarded convenings for foundation and nonprofit leaders in the country, the Spring Colloquium will reflect on the rapid changes over the past decade and consider how—in today’s challenging environment—grantmakers and nonprofits can get the news they need shared, delivered effectively. Following the discussion, guests will be encouraged to stay and continue “the conversation” with colleagues over lunch. We hope you will join your colleagues from across New Jersey for what is sure to be an important and timely conversation.

Confirmed Guests (as of April 2, 2018)

Nicole Collins Bronzan (Bio)
Senior Communications Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


Jamie McDonald (Bio)
CEO, Generosity Inc. and TheCourage.Us

Betsy Theobald Richards (Bio)
Director of Creative Strategies, The Opportunity Agenda

Michael M. Shapiro (Bio)
CEO and Publisher,


10:00 a.m. - Registration, Networking and Resource Marketplace
10:45 a.m. - Breaking Through in the New Media Paradigm
12:30 p.m. - Box Lunch & Small Group Discussions

George Street Playhouse is located at 103 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Please note that this is a new interim location for the George Street Playhouse and parking is available in the lot directly behind the building. Directions may be found on the George Street Playhouse website.

CNJG Members - $60 for first registrant, $50 for all subsequent registrants
  Please register all participants at the same time to automatically receive these rates.
  Discount will show during check out.
Non-Member Grantmakers/Other Guests - $95 for all registrants
Non-Profits - $50 for all registrants

Due to space limitations, Non CNJG Members and Nonprofits are restricted to two registrations per organization. This event is most appropriate for senior staff and trustees.

The registration fee includes a box lunch. Multiple options, including vegetarian and vegan meals, will be available at the event so there is no need to pre-select during the registration process. Box lunches include one sandwich, a 5oz deli salad, and a home-style cookie.

Each attendee will also receive a copy of the new book New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World – and How to Make It Work for You by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms, compliments of our gift sponsor, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.


Cancellations made on or before May 17th will be assessed a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations made on or after May 18th, though you may send a substitute if you are unable to attend (please notify us if this will occur).

The deadline for registration is May 18th. Payments by credit card can only be accepted through the CNJG website and must be submitted at the time of registration. Payments at the door must be made by cash or check. Nonmembers and nonprofit representatives must pay in full before entering the Colloquium.

For questions, additional information, or to register by phone, please contact Joia Ingram at 609-341-2022 x4216.

The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers seeks to create a community of shared inquiry among foundations and nonprofits characterized by mutual respect and trust. While networking is encouraged, we request that all participants refrain from soliciting funds or business at CNJG programs.






Articles & Websites of Interest
Chronicle of Philanthropy: To Fight Fake News, Philanthropy Must Invest in Helping Citizens Sort Out Truth From Fiction
Inside Philanthropy: Ask the Experts: Foundations Back an Effort to Get Academics Into the Media
Alliance Magazine: The Media Philanthropy Space in 2017
Wall Street Journal: Unilever Threatens to Reduce Ad Spending on Tech Platforms That Don’t Combat Divisive Content
First Draft News: New guide helps journalists, researchers investigate misinformation, memes and trolling
Public Data Lab: A Field Guide to “Fake News” and Other Information Disorders
Reuters: Google launches news initiative to combat fake news
Science Magazine: The spread of true and false news online
NPR: Can You Believe It? On Twitter, False Stories Are Shared More Widely Than True Ones
Chronicle of Philanthropy: Giving Tuesday Founder Henry Timms Injects ‘New Power’ Into an Old Nonprofit
The Harvard Crimson: Report for America Supports Journalism Where Cutbacks Hit Hard
The New York Times: Harvard, Princeton and Twitter Join Forces to Combat Trolls Online

Website: Cortico
Website: The Opportunity Agenda
Website: TAPinto
Website: Nonprofit Marketing Guide
Website: Nonprofit Tech for Good
Website: United Public Strategies
Website: NiemanLab
Website: Public Narrative

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