I'm excited to discuss the concept of entrepreneurial relations, and imagine what this new frontier of donor relations will become in this session. Click through to learn more and register.
Upcoming Episode of The Philanthropy Podcast with Sean MacCready, CFRE
I enjoyed talking with Sean about pre-exit philanthropy and the ups and downs of building something new. The episode will come out later this year, so stay tuned! Give TPP a listen--Sean's guests have included Jane Wales of the Global Philanthropy Forum and Karen Osborne of the Osborne Group, and the discussions are thoughtful and wide-ranging.
Looking forward to discussing both the theoretical basis of this work, rooted in strong academic research, and the practical applications. Co-presenting with AVP and COO of Advancement David Woodruff at MIT. Click through to register.
An executive briefing on the underlying research governing the dynamics of pre-exit philanthropy, aka founders pledge programs. Case studies for both pre-exit philanthropy and general entrepreneurial relations. Get a framework for evaluating the first (or next) steps your own institution might take in this area.
Pre-exit philanthropy programs have much in common with legacy giving. Co-presented with Susan Hanifin, who leads Dartmouth College's Gift Planning group, and who is an amazing resource. Click through for more info and to register:
Some institutions are moving to invest directly in or accept founders’ shares in these startups’ stock at the earliest stages. But those strategies come with their own complexities. Is there a better alternative to accepting gifts of startup equity? Can a simple promise of downstream philanthropy, along with good stewardship, provide an alternative strategy with broad positive returns and a long term pipeline of support?
My Dartmouth colleague Robert Wicks and I are speaking at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District 1 conference. We will discuss the Dartmouth Founders Project specifically and working with entrepreneurs generally. Click through for more information and to register.
Here's the session description:
Entrepreneurship is key priority for many of our institutions, with many schools and universities fielding pitch competitions, opening startup incubators, and even creating or partnering with venture funds to invest in alumni startups. These activities represent significant investment of financial, capital and personnel resources, with institutions hoping to inspire additional philanthropy from alumni entrepreneurs over time, as well as educate future entrepreneurial leaders. Some schools have begun to explore a new model of engagement and philanthropy—the founders pledge–to cultivate support from alumni whose wealth is built in the startup sector. This approach can generate powerful results from this unique constituency. In this session, we’ll explore the basics of the model, and offer an overview and discussion of the critical elements needed to launch and sustain a founders pledge program. Session leaders Dee Dee Mendoza and Robert Wicks have collectively worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, and have launched the Dartmouth Founders Project and the Berkeley Founders Pledge—the largest such program in higher education. We’ll review examples from Dartmouth College, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and institutions with a wide variety of entrepreneurial environments. You will leave this session inspired and armed with insights you can put into practice right away.
Would folks be interested in an informal conversation over dinner in San Francisco during the CASE District VII conference? The conversation would feature Jill Malko, Senior Director of Leadership Giving, who leads the Berkeley Founders' Pledge. If this seems interesting to you, please feel free to reach out, or stay tuned for more info by subscribing to the blog.