Over 80 Massachusetts philanthropists gathered this week at Brandeis Unversity to explore the topic “Social Captial in Action”, the theme of this year’s Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts annual meeting. Needless to say, I was pleased that the local funding community is focusing on this topic. I was happy to have a chance to moderate a panel following Tom Sander’s excellent keynote presentation on the subject. Tom is the Executive Director of the Saguaro Seminar for Civic Engagement. He got everyone up to speed on some of the basic social capital definitions and trends, then focused on implications for funders. Tom also previewed some disturbing new data suggesting a widening “opportunty gap” among social classes in America. After hearing Tom’s talk, we were all ready to think about ways we might build social capital and address the problems he framed.
We had a great lineup of panelists who had diverse experience upon which to draw. It was comprised of Pat Brandes, Executive Director of the Barr Foundation; Derek Lumpkins, Executive Director of Discover Roxbury; Bill Traynor, Strategic Advisor, Lawrence Community Works; and Mayor Lisa Wong of Fitchburg. One could easily write a substantial paper on the great insights shared; but I’ve boiled it down to nine practical tips that we can glean from the discussion. Some are more geared to funders, but I think there are good lessons for all of us. Visit the full blog post on socialcapitalinc.org for the nine tips!
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