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Teleconferences for funders interested in applying to 2012 Social Innovation Fund

The Corporation for National and Community Service has released the Notice of Funding Availability for the 2012 Social Innovation Fund Competition, and applications are due March 27, 2012. If you are a grantmaker interested in learning more about this opportunity, please join GEO and the Council on Foundations for a teleconference briefing: Monday, February 27, 2012, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET.


Hosted by Scaling What Works and the Public-Philanthropic Partnership Initiative (a program of the Council on Foundations), this teleconference will feature remarks from Paul Carttar, director of the Social Innovation Fund; Kristin Morse; deputy executive director of the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity (a current Social Innovation Fund intermediary); and Rhett N. Mabry, vice president, The Duke Endowment (a current funding partner). Join the teleconference to learn more about how members of the philanthropic community can get involved in the 2012 Social Innovation Fund.

Scaling What Works will also host four additional peer learning teleconferences to offer guidance to grantmakers who maybe considering applying to the Social Innovation Fund this spring. Past award recipients will share their impressions of the experience — the benefits, the challenges and frustrations, as well as skills and capacities they have had to develop to make their projects successful.

Please note that these teleconference have now passed. To listen to call recordings, please visit our Resources section: Past webinars and teleconferences.

  • Running a Subgranting Competition: How to design and manage an open and competitive process
    Tuesday, March 6, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET

    • John Yang, senior analyst, Pathways Fund, New Profit Inc.
    • Mike Baker, director, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Social Innovation Fund, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • Deciding to Apply: Questions your organization should ask and answer before you apply
    Wednesday, March 7, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

    • Carol Thompson Cole, president and CEO, Venture Philanthropy Partners
    • Carla Javits, president, REDF

  • Designing and Presenting Your Program Plan: How to make strong connections between your program plan and your program goals
    Thursday, March 8, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

    • Lindsay Morgan Tracy, senior director, investment resources; and Cindy Eby, director of evaluation, Mile High United Way, Inc.
    • Wylie Chen, director of programs and grants, U.S. Soccer Federation Foundation Inc.

  • Assessing and Demonstrating Your Evidence Base: How to determine whether you have a sufficient evidence base and how to present it
    Thursday, March 8, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET
    • Suzanne Kinsky, program officer, AIDS United
    • Gabriel Rhoads, senior associate for evaluation and learning, The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation


The Scaling What Works initiative has come to a close

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