Chet Tchozewski is Executive Director of Global Greengrants Fund. With an unprecedented transfer of generational wealth expected over the next half-century, it is also a call to the upcoming generation of philanthropists to step up and use their wealth to ensure that real change happens quickly and creatively. It brings to bear special insight on issues that we might not have. Recently, I was able to put Bill's advice into action when I traveled to Redwood City to visit Larry Purcell of Catholic Worker House. Large, complex issues like these can't be tackled only through small grants or direct assistance, however, and I wondered how Somerville would apply his community-centric vision to a challenge as enormous as climate change. True enough that any foundation should consider these observations. James has a long history of public service as a member of the National Advisory Board, Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University, and in the grassroots relief efforts during the 2011 Tohoku and 1995 Kobe Earthquakes in Japan.
Founded in 1975 by Larry, Catholic Worker House provides basic but needed services to the immediate community's poorest. At 76, Somerville has come to believe that charitable funding should be more about people and less about process. Dare to change the world in imaginative ways that prove deeply satisfying, exciting, and dare we say it? He has consulted at over 350 community foundations in the United States, Canada, and the U. Somerville began his career as a social activist while a graduate student in criminology at , organizing other students as volunteer tutors in the public schools. The Catholic Worker House is unassuming. A veteran philanthropist calls for decisive, hands-on grantmaking Bill Somerville believes that foundations can do a better job Grassroots Philanthropy explains how. He was at the birth of the personal computer revolution as a member of the original Macintosh team and was deeply involved in the creation of many breakthrough products and services at Apple over the last three decades.
The cowboy approach, advocated by Bill Somerville, encourages philanthropists to actively engage with the community, meet people who are doing extraordinary things, and fund those in need quickly - with a minimum of process and paperwork. Knowing and trusting the right people, which comes from spending time in the community, enables foundation staff to stay abreast of community issues and needs. They demand excessive documentation on potential grantees — thereby assuming the appearance of oversight, if not its reality. In addition to serving on the Packard Foundation Board, Cole is currently a member of the boards for Colorado College, the Institute for Global Ethics, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, The Stanford Theatre, and Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. Endless paperwork, bureaucracy, and beleaguered foundation heads bog down many bold new ventures.
A veteran philanthropist calls for decisive, hands-on grantmaking Bill Somerville believes that foundations can do a better job Grassroots Philanthropy explains how. His style is straightforward, urgent, emphatic, and persuasive. Somerville cuts right to the chase. James had a direct hand in transforming entire consumer industries through his work on the negotiating team of the landmark iTunes agreements with the record labels that changed music forever. Those in need are not abstractions to him, nor statistics.
In 1991 he founded Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, which specializes in responsive approaches to grantmaking, such as paperless discretionary grants and grants with a forty-eight-hour turnaround. With Somerville's foundation, it's just a talk, a handshake and a whole lot of trust. We are inviting personnel from grantee programs to visit new programs applying to us for funds, to help provide us with a frank assessment based on their own experience. But Somerville is convinced he's found a better path to giving. This is an illuminating book for those in the foundation and nonprofit worlds alike.
Sheryl Young San Mateo County Program Director syoung venturesfoundation. In the first two chapters, Somerville describes his own path into foundation work and explains why people give. He was the director of a community foundation for 17 years, and in 1991 founded Philanthropic Ventures Foundation where he serves as Chief Executive Officer. Bill Somerville has been in non-profit and philanthropic work for 50 years. By using the talent of program personnel with whom we have worked for years, there are many positive outcomes. Although his precise theory of social change is somewhat vague, his unique combination of passion and discipline suggests a subtle mastery of social change grantmaking that is the result of four decades of foundation experience in the same community.
Bill is the author of Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker. To get to know people, Bill suggests that funders push back from their paper laden desks, and go out into the community, not just to talk to grant-seekers, but to seek out high potential change agents, and get to know them, whether or not they have applied for a grant. Born poor, he was the first in his family to attend college. He has consulted at over 400 community foundations in the United States, Canada and abroad on effective operations and grantmaking. Somerville clearly relishes the role of provocateur, perhaps to the point of overstating his case: he characterizes foundations in general as plodding and bureaucratic, their staffs out of touch and uninformed. It turns out that we most likely will give funds to help buy a used van for transporting people to jobs.
I was impressed with their simple approach to outreach. A book club-style discussion at a following meeting might be one of the most productive sessions a foundation board can have. Bill Somerville believes that foundations can do a better job - and Grassroots Philanthropy explains how. Recent research by the at Indiana University tells us that at most, 31 percent of all individual charitable giving in America goes to the poor and economically disadvantaged. Anthony of Padua soup kitchen in Menlo Park.
Bill is a recipient of the 2004 Gerbode Fellowship Award in recognition of outstanding achievement as a non-profit executive. With an unprecedented transfer of generational wealth expected over the next half-century, it is also a call to the upcoming generation of philanthropists to step up and use their wealth to ensure that real change happens quickly and creatively. He has consulted at over 350 community foundations in the United States, Canada, and the U. The cowboy approach advocated by Bill Somerville encourages philanthropists to actively engage with the community, meet people who are doing extraordinary things, and fund those in need quickly with a minimum of process and paperwork. In 1991 he founded Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, which specializes in responsive approaches to grantmaking, such as paperless discretionary grants and gra. Set aside the mountains of paper that characterize conventional philanthropy and focus instead on forging enduring partnerships with outstanding individuals.