Define & Refine Your Philanthropic Aim
One of the greatest aspects of developing a philanthropic strategy is the sheer creativity and thoughtfulness injected into your aims of creating the positive change you seek in the world.
Philanthropy is personal and creates connection.
Intentions activate purpose.
And because of this, there is no ‘one size fits all’, which makes the work of philanthropy challenging, rewarding, and inspiring altogether. Through the collaborations of past and current CivicAIM clients, the journey of purposeful giving is exactly that – a roadmap of anticipated milestones, twists, turns, and surprises of knowledge and relationships garnered, and collaborations earned with other social change agents along the way.
So in the spirit of defining New Year intentions, below is a list of thoughtful bellweather resources in the field of strategic and intentional philanthropy.
*Nerd Alert* Yes, I proudly display my true colors of regularly consuming, evaluating, and referencing these great works of thought and research on the philanthropic sector’s contributions, challenges and transitions!
- National Benchmark Survey of Family Foundations a collaborative report by The National Center for Family Philanthropy and the Urban Institute
- Threads: Insights from the Charitable Community published by Independent Sector
- Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2016 published by Foundation Center in partnership with Lucy Bernholz
May these guides inspire and enhance your intentions of purposeful giving.
Share your intentions and predictions. What philanthropic practices were you proud of in 2015? What are your giving aims for 2016?
On behalf of CivicAIM, I look forward to the privilege to support your grantmaking vision and witness the fruition of your philanthropy’s ideas and investments of supporting community. — Erica V. Ekwurzel
I am proud to announce the launch of CivicAIM, a philanthropy consulting practice.
With emphasis squarely on supporting grantmakers – private and family foundations, funder collaboratives, and social entrepreneurs – in every detail, CivicAIM works with philanthropists committed to producing bold and effective change in the giving priorities they seek to support.
The refined focus to grantmaking effectiveness is highlighted in the name change from Advocacy In Motion Consulting to “CivicAIM”. With this rebrand in mind, CivicAIM is structured to focus on producing positive community impact by advising grantmakers of practices and strategies geared to achieve their intended outcome of giving. A vast majority of my time this last decade has been spent examining a variety of philanthropic models, designing, implementing, and evaluating giving for purposes of effectiveness and efficiency, and helping create and elevate the stories funders share to build the professional field of philanthropy, and most importantly, realize positive impacts in the communities they support.
Civic: of or relating to citizens or community affairs
Aim: a purpose or intention; a desired outcome
CivicAIM: Advising grantmakers of effective practices and strategies geared to achieve their intended outcome of philanthropic giving.
I invite you to explore the launch of civicaim.com showcasing core services to funders, client testimonials, and case studies of support, with more case studies to come in 2016! Additionally, as a way to interact with people serious about philanthropic strategy, I created this blog to learn and exchange resources and experiences in strategic giving. I truly look forward to hearing from you and will equally share the insights and resources I learn.
Purposeful philanthropy enables the opportunity to be the change you seek in the world. So if you look to ramp up your philanthropic giving, CivicAIM stands ready to provide thoughtful, personalized, and field tested guidance to translate your philanthropic aims into reality.— Erica V. Ekwurzel, Founder, CivicAIM