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Grantmaking Gone Awry: A Funder "Fail Fest" [9-13-17]

Event Start Date: 9/13/2017 9:00 AM

Event End Date: 9/13/2017 10:30 AM

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Grantmaking Gone Awry: 
A Funder "Fail Fest"
A Skills & Strategies Program for Grantmakers
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

In the world of philanthropy, we regularly share stories of triumph when reflecting on the positive impacts we have in our communities. But what about our stories of failure? These may include tales of site visits gone awry, disastrous miscommunication with grantees, evaluations that spiral out of control, or strategic initiatives that led to nonstrategic behavior. What is it about that nasty "f-word" that makes us ashamed to share our stumbles alongside of our successes in grantmaking, and why are we afraid to fail as funders?

In this fast-paced workshop led by Filament founder Matt Homann, featuring visual thinking (live sketching), we'll reconsider failure within grantmaking, and discuss how donors might:

  • Build a culture of permission in our grantmaking organizations where failing is embraced as a learning experience instead of avoided at all costs;
  • Debrief significant projects with a process that captures the good, the bad--and yes, even the ugly--in a blame-free environment;
  • Create a "worst practices" guide that keeps our grantmaking organizations from making the same mistakes over and over again; and
  • Reflect on the grantmaking lessons we have learned "the hard way" so that our funding peers will not make the same mistakes.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 13, 2017; 9:00am-10:30am
WHERE: The HEIGHTS Community Center (8001 Dale Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63117)
OPEN TO: GCG Grantmaking Members (Free); Non-Member Funders ($50)
RSVP: Register by Clicking the "Book Now" button by September 6th to help ensure we have adequate space and materials. There is a limited number of spots for this workshop, so please register early to reserve your spot!

We hope that you can join us. Light refreshments and coffee will be available.
Please contact Clare Brewka with questions about this program.

Special thanks to the United Philanthropy Forum for sponsoring this event.
Event Locations

  • Richmond Heights Community Center (The HEIGHTS)

    8001 Dale Avenue
    St. Louis
    United States
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