A series of short videos revealing "Philanthropy Lessons" is providing an opportunity for some of the philanthropic industry’s most inspirational funders to share what they have learned throughout their philanthropic careers. Two Coleman Foundation staff members, CEO Michael Hennessy and Senior Program Officer Clark McCain, as well as a foundation grantee are featured in videos which premier this week.
Philanthropy Lessons is a video series and campaign produced by Exponent Philanthropy, funded with a grant from the Fund for Shared Insight, and released in partnership with The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Exponent Philanthropy is the country’s largest association of grantmakers and the only one dedicated to serving foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors. The Coleman Foundation has been a member of the organization since its inception over 20 years ago.
The nine-part video series launched in January 2016 with the first two videos and will publish new videos monthly through June 2016. Through the release of the videos Exponent Philanthropy hopes other funders will share their own philanthropy lessons on social media using hashtag #MyPhilLesson in order to increase openness in the field and accelerate effective philanthropy.
Two new videos have been released this week. Philanthropy Lessons: Working Collaboratively provides insight on how featured grantmakers view collaboration. The video features interviews with McCain and Susan Kaufman, Vice President of Program Services at Clearbrook, a foundation grantee, who describe the foundation's effort to launch the Intersect for Ability network of organizations which serve individuals with developmental disabilities.
In the second video, entitled Philanthropy Lessons: Risk and Mistakes, grantmakers and grantees discuss how effective philanthropy is a learning process that develops through experimentation. To be successful, grantmakers must take risks, support new ideas, acknowledge our mistakes, share experiences, and learn from one another. Hennessy and McCain are among several individuals who share their perspectives on this topic.