It’s a Wrap! Successful 2012 Grant Engagements Come to a Close

In 2012, our Members selected and partnered with a diverse group of Grant Partners who are tackling issues such as preventing infant mortality in developing nations, helping military veterans access vital green jobs training, and promoting teacher success here in the Bay Area.

So, it was exciting when Members from our Education, Environment and Global Economic Opportunity Circles plus a number of Alumni convened on Monday to present final reports on these projects. Each team reflected on their initial goals, then shared highlights and resulting outcomes, plus lessons learned. This night of impact and celebration marked our first ever cross-circle results convening.

A small sampling of notable impact highlights includes:Providing expertise to help M.E.S.A. refine their messaging platform, creating an infographic to help them in donor requests, and bolstering them to exceed their annual dinner fundraising and participation expectations by 700%.

Leveraging resources and experts to help Education for Change create a comprehensive teacher evaluation system that promotes continuous improvement and professional growth for teachers at all proficiency levels and years of experience, as well as creating a new video to help evangelize EFC's offerings.Empowering Roots of Success' leadership to refine and improve its pitch, which helped solidify relationships with new corporate and program supporters such as Pacific Gas and Electric Company and AT&T, as well as securing an additional $10,000 grant for the organization.

Other grant partners included Embrace, Educate Our State, Leadership Public Schools, The Reach Institute for School Leadership, Innosight Institute, and National Geographic Photo Camp in partnership with Restore the Delta and America's Cup. Impact information from each project will soon be compiled and shared on our website.

“It was amazing to see the quality and diversity of our 2012 grant engagements," observed Tim Smith, Director of Engagement at Full Circle Fund. "Seeing the outcomes make us all very excited for what the future holds for these organizations, and to begin the 2013 Grant Cycle and our search for a new portfolio of organizations.”

CEO Kiki Mills Johnston acknowledged our hard-working Project Leads (pictured above) from the podium, by awarding special recognition certificates to Nick Driver, Gabrielle Kivitz, Nakeyshia Kendall, Ashley Rodwick, Sarah Wigglesworth, Joe Ross, Hannah Bascom, Pamela Schaffer, Susan Reeve, Michael Frost, Evan Lurie, Anne Boyd Rabkin, Sienna Rogers, Jeff Camp, Krista Van Tassel and Bartlomiej Skorupa.

The conversation didn’t stop there, as about 30 folks headed for a cocktail hour to share even more! If you'd like to be part of our grantmaking cycle in 2013, come to our January 30th Kick Off Event where we'll examine the philanthropic landscape in 2013 and identify opportunities for impact in our issue areas with advice from expert speakers.

Thank you to all the Members who contributed time, talent and expertise to making these grant projects successful, our wonderful 2012 Grant Partners, and to our hosts of the evening, CJ Heston and ING Direct San Francisco Cafe.

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