Family Philanthropy Webinar: Collaborating Across Power Differences
Power dynamics can really get in the way when you are trying to build a healthy, strong organization. If family foundations and their grantee partners don’t see eye to eye, or if junior members of the family pose challenges to their board leaders or elders, the back-and-forth struggle isn’t just uncomfortable; it can undermine the organizational stability and compromise impact. But there are practical, effective solutions for this struggle. In this session featuring Dr. Miki Kashtan, Lead Collaboration Consultant at the Center for Efficient Collaboration, participants will learn both concrete tools and out-of-the-box solutions for bridging power differences and collaborating more effectively. Miki will be joined by Cindy Mercer, co-founder of the Planet Heritage Foundation, who will share her own experiences with collaboration and power differences in philanthropy.
Participants are invited to share specific questions and concerns you have faced in your own work by emailing them to [email protected] prior to the webinar (questions will be confidential, unless you wish to be identified). Miki and Cindy will be available to provide on-the-spot consultations for resolving specific issues for a limited number of registrants.
Dr. Miki Kashtan, Lead Collaboration Consultant at the Center for Efficient Collaboration, has successfully coached families, groups, and organizations to overcome seemingly impassable differences. Miki draws on over 20 years of experience as a facilitator and consultant working with businesses, nonprofits, government bodies, and community groups. In 2004 she created the CEC’s collaborative decision-making tool, Convergent Facilitation, and she has a track record of sussing out systemic problems, quickly building trust even in highly polarized groups, and reaching breakthrough solutions. Miki is a co-founder of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication, the parent organization of the Center for Efficient Collaboration. Her background includes a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and her third book, Reweaving Our Human Fabric: Working Together to Create a Nonviolent Future, explores the tools, practices, and systems needed for a collaborative society.
Cindy Mercer is Co-Founder and Vice President of the Planet Heritage Foundation. As a strategist and philanthropist deeply committed to results driven alliance building, Cindy has managed private foundations and served as an advisor and board member to a variety of public and private charities since 1992. She served as an intern to former President Jimmy Carter, and has background in non-profit law, advocacy, strategic planning and mediation. Cindy serves as a director of The Philanthropy Workshop, the Jane Goodall Institute, and the President’s Advisory Board of The East West Institute. She holds a JD from Stetson University College of Law and a BA from Emory University.
This event is a CNJG membership benefit for family foundation members, including staff and trustees, in partnership with the National Center for Family Philanthropy.
This event is free for CNJG Members.
Registration for this event is now directly through NCFP. CNJG members who have a NCFP password should register directly on NCFP's website using the registration link above.
CNJG members who need to obtain a NCFP password should contact Alisha Patman, 609-341-2022 ext. 4216.