Avoiding Avoidance: Addressing and managing conflict

Thursday, November 13, 2014 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm EST
National NCFP Webinar
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For National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) Webinars:
A Council membership benefit for family foundation members, including staff and trustees, in partnership with the National Center for Family Philanthropy's Family Philanthropy.
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  • Members who need to obtain a NCFP password should contact Deb Werner, 860-525-5585.
Conflict is neither inherently good nor bad. Conflict will always occur in an organization that's growing, evolving, and changing. What makes it good or bad or a positive or negative experience is how it's managed. On this webinar, we'll be joined by two family foundation board members along with author of NCFP's forthcoming Passages issue brief on this topic. Our panel will explore typical situations where families might find themselves falling into the avoidance trap, along with useful strategies for 'avoiding avoidance' and other related tips and tools for managing family conflict.
Featured speakers
Elaine Gast Fawcett  is a philanthropy writer and content strategist who has been telling people's stories since fifth grade, when she crafted her first class newsletter. For the past 15 years, she has worked to strengthen the philanthropic sector by 
helping grantmakers share the stories, tools and practices that move their mission forward. Elaine has interviewed 1000+ philanthropists, entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders, and published a number of books, toolkits, articles and reports for foundations, nonprofits and grantmaker associations (including NCFP).
Bobbi Hapgood is the founder of Philanthropic Ventures, a consulting firm specializing in family foundations and nonprofit development. Prior to starting Philanthropic Ventures, she spent eight years as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, a regional association of over 100 local, regional, and national grantmaking foundations. Bobbi has also worked as program director, development director, and media consultant to several nonprofit organizations, including Rachel's Network, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Voices & Choices of the Central Carolinas and the Center for Child & Family Health. Bobbi has also served or is serving as board member and advisory to other foundations and nonprofits, including over 24 years as a trustee of The Educational Foundation of America where she currently serves as Vice President and Chair of the Environmental Grant Committee. She also serves as an Advisory Board member for Environmental Defense Fund and an Advisory Council member of Playmakers Repertory Company.
Lisa Parker is Vice President in Whittier Trust’s Philanthropic Services department. Lisa brings 27 years of experience in philanthropy and nonprofit management with an expertise in multigenerational engagement in giving. Prior to joining Whittier Trust, Lisa was Founder and Principal of Family Circle Advisors working with philanthropic families to establish effective giving plans, facilitating family retreats and leading giving experiences for adults and children. For the past 15 years Lisa has been President and Executive Director of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation, leading the Foundation’s initiatives to address poverty, seed the youth giving movement and creating youth philanthropy programs for the family’s fourth generation.
Lisa is certified by 21/64 as a multi-generational advisor to families. She serves as advisor and board member to numerous organizations working to build and expand the philanthropic sector, including the USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, Catalytic Women and the National Center for Family Philanthropy. 


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