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LEADING WITH IMPACT #WOMENLEADING PHILANTHROPY SUMMIT Susan McPherson CEO, McPherson Strategies @susanmcp1 Sloane Davidson Founder, Farsight Media @sloane
Is women’s philanthropy on the path to a successful future?
What You Said There’s a lack of collaboration or sharing best practices; [women’s philanthropy] still seems small and fragmented More big companies are thinking about investments in women as a strategy for business success. Hopefully this will continue a trend towards BOLDness. The problem? Silo'ing, lack of meaningful partnerships, duplicating efforts/wasting resources. There’s still too much duplication. The same voices are being given the stage at the major/key events. We need programs that are about outcomes, not just about the branding and marketing.
YES. If… We embrace strategic collaboration We tell data-driven stories We harness fearlessness We leverage our assets as women leaders
NO. If… We look at each other as competition We stay in silos We lack confidence We maintain status quos We don’t ask for concrete returns on our investments
COLLABORATION Success in philanthropy lies in the ability to co-create effective strategies. WOMEN’S WORLD BANKING: GLOBAL NETWORK DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CENTER & BELLFLOWER CENTER FOR PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE: MERGER KIVA & VITTANA: PARTNERSHIP BRIGHT PINK + NBA: NON-TRADITIONAL SPONSORSHIP
DATA-DRIVEN STORYTELLING Compelling data + poignant storytelling = the single most effective way to reach people. TOSTAN: INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY FILMS WITH SKOLL & SUNDANCE INSTITUTE GRAMEEN FOUNDATION: PERSONAL STORIES INTEGRATED WITH DATA POINTS NIKE FOUNDATION: GIRL EFFECT ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION: UNDERSTANDING HEALTH DATA
HARNESS FEARLESSNESS “In the philanthropic sector, people don't focus enough on failure.” -Steve Case
LEVERAGE ASSETS People are finally realizing women are a force in philanthropy. LARGER NETWORKS LEADING WITH EMPATHY WORKING ACROSS TEAMS; HOLISTIC VISION
LET’S TALK. #womenleading Philanthropy