2022 Center Highlights
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As 2022 draws to a close, we reflect on this past year and all the important partnerships and opportunities our students, faculty and staff have taken part in. Highlights from the year have included events, reports and articles from the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership’s faculty, visiting practitioners, students and alumni. We want to thank everyone who contributed to the Center’s work this year and look forward to collaborating with you all in the new year.
In October, the Center mourned the loss of Pablo Eisenberg, a senior fellow at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy and pioneer in the nonprofit sector, who was best known for his passion for social justice and for speaking uncomfortable truths.
As part of a year-long speaker series celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Center hosted a conversation between Darren Walker and John J. DeGioia. Some of the key topics discussed included understanding the history of philanthropy, the threat of inequality to a strong democracy, and the importance of deeper engagement in order to change our organizations, our communities, and our nation.
In a paper released in March, authors Gary D. Bass, Ph.D., and Gaurab Bansal, J.D. highlight some of the steps funders can take to help strengthen democracy including, talking with grantees about their efforts towards greater civic engagement, partnering with foundations and other philanthropic peers, and supporting democratic participation in their communities.
Students in Kathy Kretman’s class, “Philanthropy, Power and Social Impact”, awarded $24,000 to DC community-based nonprofit organizations. The organizations that partnered with this year’s class include: ScholarCHIPS, AYUDA, La Cocina, Parents Amplifying Voices in Education (PAVE), A Wider Circle, Bread for the City, District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) and Young Playwrights Theater.
Eight fellows have been selected to participate as the first cohort in the new Micron Nonprofit Leaders of Color Fellowship. The fellowship includes a full tuition scholarship to attend the Spring 2023 Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program, meetings with assigned mentors, and the opportunity to apply for up to $25,000 in general operating support from the Micron Foundation.
Since the pandemic, increased demand for nonprofit services and programs has placed additional pressure on staff, board members and volunteers, often resulting in burnout and turnover. Through a partnership with LeaderBridge, an initiative of the Crimsonbridge Foundation, the Center was able to support leadership development for nine nonprofit leaders of color in the greater Washington region in 2022.
Kathy Kretman interviewed Dr. Max Holmes, President and CEO at Woodwell Climate Research Center, to learn more about the current and future consequences of climate change, what actions we can be taking now, and Woodwell’s big bet, Permafrost Pathways Project, which is part of the TED Audacious Project.
We invite you to read our other recent interviews with alumni of our Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program.