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What Do We Know? Tapping the Social Sector's Collective Intelligence

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
This program is a webinar.
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Join colleagues from across the state for a webinar led by Gabi Fitz, Co-Founder of IssueLab and Director of Knowledge Management Initiatives at the Foundation Center.

Together, we’ll discuss how access to quality research allows the social sector to improve programs and services by strengthening funding initiatives, reducing duplication and sharing knowledge within the field. 
Philanthropy’s collective intelligence about social problems and solutions may be one of our most valuable offerings to society. Within our field, transparency and openness could hold the most game-changing potential for our work.
In this free webinar, explore how social sector research can help your organization fulfill its mission and amplify the impact of the knowledge you create, fund and produce. This program will also provide an introduction to IssueLab, the Foundation Center's free database of more than 13,000 white papers, case studies and evaluations, while addressing key issues related to open licensing and sector-wide knowledge mobilization. 
Sponsored by The James Irvine Foundation and offered in partnership with California Philanthropy, this program is the second in a Glasspockets webinar series on philanthropy and information technology. The final program in the series will be Transparency 2.0: Foundations in the Age of Social Media on October 17, 2013.


Gabi Fitz
Co-Founder, IssueLab  Director of Knowledge Management Initiatives, Foundation Center  Since 1999, Gabi Fitz has worked with social sector organizations to translate their information into usable knowledge, to help them think through how they can share that knowledge in ways that cultivate engagement and to set up the online tools and strategies that make knowledge mobilization possible. After nearly ten years of working as an online strategist and web designer for nonprofit organizations, Fitz brought her skills to founding and managing IssueLab, an open access archive for nonprofit research. She now brings those same skills and purpose to her role at the Foundation Center. Fitz received her M.A. in sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, with an emphasis in organizational sociology, and was recently chosen as one of the Chicago Community Trust’s 2012 Leadership Fellows. 

About the Foundation Center:

Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants--a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.

About the Glasspockets Webinar Series:

As we access greater quantities of information online, public expectation about what information is made available is increasing at a rapid pace. Emerging and ever-evolving technologies are also providing more opportunities for grantmakers to be transparent about their work. Sponsored by The James Irvine Foundation, and offered in partnership with California Philanthropy, this webinar series will help you learn about harnessing the power of online transparency to improve relationships with grantees, facilitate greater collaboration, reduce duplication of effort and cultivate a community of shared learning.
In support of this paradigm shift, the Foundation Center's Glasspockets initiative has been collecting examples and best practices of foundation transparency in an online world. With Glasspockets, the Foundation Center and its partners are working to achieve the following goals:
  • Inspire private foundations to greater openness in their communications;
  • Increase understanding of best practices in foundation transparency and accountability in an online world;
  • Illustrate how institutional philanthropy is relevant to the critical issues of our time;
  • Highlight the many stories of philanthropy that show how private wealth is serving the public good; and
  • Illuminate successes, failures and ongoing experimentation so foundations can build on each other's ideas to increase impact.


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