A few weeks ago I shared some reflections on the recent annual conference put on by the organization that I lead, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. I wrote about how the conference was a milestone in several ways, marking the first time that an event had brought together the staff and CEOs of regional, national, and international philanthropy-serving organizations, or PSOs (like regional philanthropy associations and national affinity groups), to focus on their unique role in serving, informing, and advancing the philanthropic sector.
One of our goals for the conference was to put into action the power of the Forum’s new vision to be the place where philanthropy’s infrastructure comes together. I think we met that goal, based on the observations and reactions of conference attendees. Kathleen Enright, President and CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), described the conference as a “watershed moment” for philanthropy infrastructure in a blog post that she co-wrote with Christine Essel of Southern California Grantmakers, Nancy Jamison of San Diego Grantmakers, and Ellen LaPointe of Northern California Grantmakers.