Five reasons to attend Transforming Family Philanthropy

TFP 2015

I discovered RG three years ago after a frantic online search for information following a frustrating phone call with my mother. During the call, I was informed that, upon turning 21, I would be named as a trustee of a private family foundation. Without going into too much detail, the thought of engaging with four family members with varying degrees of interest in the process and only a few intersecting values felt challenging to say the least.

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Meet Iris Brilliant!

Iris Brilliant is the new Family Philanthropy and Impact Investing Organizer at Resource Generation. She grew up in the Marin County, CA and currently lives in a seven-person collective in Oakland, CA. Her first praxis group at RG was so transformative that it continues to meet, even after two years. She then joined the Bay Area Leadership Team, where she formed the first ever Jewish Praxis group, which explored the intersection of class privilege and Jewish identity and history. With a family background in philanthropy, Iris has been immersed in the philanthropic world since the age of fourteen, and has often found herself to be one of a few young adults at philanthropic conferences. As a result, she is passionate about supporting the leadership development of young adults in the philanthropic world and their implementation of social change values and practices into philanthropy. Previously, Iris was an editor at Make/shift Magazine, a feminist magazine based in Los Angeles,CA, and an intern at the Catalyst Project, a white anti-racist organization in San Francisco, CA.

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Two months+ (!?!) after CTTFP

After some necessary prodding from the delightfully persistent Mike G, I am finally posting some reactions I had to Creating Change through Family Philanthropy.  This is partly me calling myself out — one step towards being accountable to myself and others.  But I digress.  That’s not the place to start…

What's your 20/20 vision?

Creating Change through Family Philanthropy was my first formal exposure to RG, and it was a huge eye-opener.  I knew that I would learn, and expected to be challenged in some ways.  What I did not foresee was the sense of empowerment that I would walk away with.

The retreat was structured around creating a ten year vision, but of course the first step to long-term planning is to see the present with clarity and perception.

What I saw when I looked outwards — at those leading discussions, organizing the retreat, participating in the discussions — was energy, commitment, and passion.  This enthusiasm was infectious, enhanced by an atmosphere of openness and trust.  This energy was tempered – and strengthened – by the experiences that others shared of embracing their own humility, facing and overcoming a variety of challenges.  The personal stories, and the sense of resolve that accompanied these, was a source of true inspiration.

But as with any opportunity for serious reflection on personal values, the retreat was perhaps most revealing in terms of what I saw when I looked inwards, reflecting on my own attitudes and actions.  What did I see? (more…)