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The Future and The Past: Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War

Tuesday Night, September 12, 2017, the Kennedy Center Opera House was filled to the brim. A room of over two thousand people, of all ages, dressed in their finest, awaited the moment: an exclusive preview of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary–The Vietnam War. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick are world-renowned documentarians and producers. Their… Continue Reading The Future and The Past: Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War

C&O Canal Trust Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Trust as Park’s Fundraising Partner

Potomac, Md. – The C&O Canal Trust will be hosting its Seventh Annual Park After Dark benefit, Cheers to Ten Years, on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to benefit the C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP). This unique event is held under the stars at the Historic Great Falls Tavern within the C&O… Continue Reading C&O Canal Trust Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Trust as Park’s Fundraising Partner

Lisa Curtis

Her Favorite Book The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. It was the first book I read that made me really connect with a character – it made me cry.  Her Mantra “What I do matters.” When I think about that, it reminds me that I need to be present in the moment and show up,… Continue Reading Lisa Curtis

Embracing Philanthropy’s Risky Business

Until risk management becomes common philanthropic practice, we will miss the boat on maximizing impact. Here’s how to start developing the policies and practices you need. By Laurie Michaels & Judith Rodin posted on Stanford Social Innovation Review   There is a system failure in philanthropic practice that is diluting impact and costing funders potentially billions of… Continue Reading Embracing Philanthropy’s Risky Business

What Happened to Congress?

National Constitution Center Monday, June 19, 2017 • 6:30 P.M. In the last decade, public approval for Congress hit an all-time low. Whether by executive overreach or internal dysfunction, Congress appears to have given up some of its power. Josh Chafetz, author of Congress’s Constitution, Carl Hulse, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, and David Mayhew, author of The… Continue Reading What Happened to Congress?

Building Real Collaboration into Your Organization

How focusing on the three organizational pillars of culture, people, and leadership can help fuel meaningful collaboration. By Pratichi Shah posted on Stanford Social Innovation Review on May. 24, 2017 It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. —Charles Darwin Across sectors and… Continue Reading Building Real Collaboration into Your Organization

When it Comes to Perpetuity, Find Your Own Path

Posted by June Wilson and Lenore Hanisch on May 18, 2017 on National Center for Family Philanthropy If your foundation is considering a deliberate decisionto operate in perpetuity or choose a limited lifespan, undoubtedly you’ve done a Google search and found no shortage of articles and resources. The philanthropic sector offers up case studies, convenings, teleconferences, books, booklets and blogs… Continue Reading When it Comes to Perpetuity, Find Your Own Path

John Avlon: Washington’s Warning to Future Generations

National Constitution Center Wednesday, June 21, 2017 • 12 P.M. Free for Members • $5 Teachers & students • $8 Non-Members John Avlon, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, discusses the first president’s momentous and prescient farewell address to the nation and how the address could help reunite America through the lessons rooted in Washington’s experience… Continue Reading John Avlon: Washington’s Warning to Future Generations

Remember Birmingham: Civil rights and constitutional change

National Constitution Center Friday, June 16, 2017 • 12 P.M. Admission is free On September 15, 1963, a bomb exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls and injuring many others. Join survivor Sarah Collins Rudolph, Washington Post editor and author of Kennedy and King Steven Levingston, and Philadelphia Orchestra composer-in-residence Hannibal Lokumbe as they… Continue Reading Remember Birmingham: Civil rights and constitutional change

iCivics’ Executive Director Louise Dube won the DVF People’s Voice Award

Louise Dubé is Executive Director of iCivics. Founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in 2010, iCivics is the largest and most successful civic education resource in the country, with a goal of energizing children to get involved in their communities and the government. This school year more than five million students in all 50 states… Continue Reading iCivics’ Executive Director Louise Dube won the DVF People’s Voice Award