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Pulled Two Ways: Finding the Balance Between Strategic and Reactive Grantmaking

What’s the right balance of proactive vs. responsive philanthropy for your community foundation? On the one hand, community foundations are entrusted to respond to the broad needs of the communities they serve. On the other, without a focused strategy, they are unable to move the needle on critical community needs. In this session, you will hear from leaders who have grappled with this question as they have assumed a larger leadership role in their communities. You’ll be part of a candid conversation about the strengths and challenges of a more proactive approach, including topics such as managing external perceptions, making the case internally, and the effects on donor relations.

Ashley Blanchard, Associate Director, TCC Group

Council of Michigan Foundations

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