Divisiveness. It’s felt across the United States right now, but change is the heart of our goal in philanthropy and creating change requires that we come together. The Southeastern Council of Foundations sought to address this challenge thematically for its 49th annual meeting.
Foundations from across the southeast gathered in Louisville, Kentucky for three days of connection. Inspired and eager to work toward bridging the divide.
In the meeting’s opening session: “Taking Sides vs. Bridging Divides,” keynote speaker and author of “The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide,” Mark Gerzon talked about philanthropy’s role in a polarized environment.
— ChildTrust Fdn (@ChildTrustFdn) November 7, 2018
Democracy isn’t about taking sides, and we’re inherently “transpartisan.”
'We know how to bridge a divide. We're walking examples of Transpartisanship.'
– Mark Gerzon
New word for me. But a great one. #secf49
— Gilbert Miller (@Gilberator) November 7, 2018
Shift the conversation from debate to dialogue.
— Janelle Downes (@Hrupsanddownes) November 7, 2018
In order to build bridges. We have to stop speaking to each other to confirm our already held beliefs and seek to learn from each other.
— Debra Faulk (@DKFconnects) November 7, 2018
We’re excited and inspired to learn more this week about philanthropy’s role in bringing people together.