Now we are once again entering a new phase and bringing everything together in a philanthropy membership to the Kaiser Institute.
Philanthropy creates new paths to different futures. And perhaps there has been no more important time to veer from probabilities and create preferable futures than now.
There is no true scarcity--only disconnection of resources. We live in a sea of possible partners and allies. Yet we often engage and capture the imagination of only a tiny portion. Many of those who could bring resources, intelligence, and energy are right around us. But we must learn to engage these allies in new ways. In some health systems, philanthropy exceeds the amount of money left from operations. Novel partnerships with payers and consumer product companies provide both resources and expertise. And donors work with clinical and executive leaders to develop centers for innovation and new care models. The potential for abundance exists even in apparent scarcity.
Every patient room, treatment area, hallway, and lobby is an opportunity for theater. Patients and families who enter these spaces create stories in their mind. They form narratives about how everything came to exist—the impressive buildings, technologies, and services.
How many people walking out the doors of your hospital today have an emotional connection to your foundation?
In their narrowest role, foundations fundraise. In their broadest strategic role, foundations do far more-and in the process attract greater resources. Asking for gifts is not enough. It may actually be the smallest aspect of high-performance development. The greater challenge is to embed generosity into every patient experience, bring generosity to life throughout the culture, design experiences of giving that are transforming for donors, and intersect philanthropy and innovation at the highest level in the organization. When these things happen, the ability to attract resources increases profoundly. This broader strategic role requires a new understanding of development. And it requires the engagement of leaders across the entire hospital. To assist in this process this internal communications tool defines four essential and interconnected roles for the high-performance foundation of the future.
Although our circumstance affects our capacity for generous experience, we can develop a greater capacity for generous experience across a larger range of circumstance.
Visit the Generosity Toolbox and Innovation Circle.
designing for GENEROSITY
There is no true scarcity—only disconnection of resources. We live in a sea of possible partners and allies. Yet we often engage and capture the imagination of only a tiny portion. Many of those who could bring resources, intelligence, and energy to the future are right here, now. But we must learn to see and engage allies in new ways.
For over a decade, we have helped organizations discover hidden potentials in philanthropy. We began with an annual institute, which quickly became the central place many foundations looked for innovation and inspiration. Then we launched innovation circles, tools, specialized resources, onsite consulting, and monthly coaching calls. Now we are once again entering a new phase and bringing everything together in a philanthropy membership to the Kaiser Institute.
Although some things will still be accessible à la carte, a membership brings it all together more affordably and enables continuous movement and innovation. As a member, you choose one of two core experiences each year—the Philanthropy Institute or Organizational Strategic Advance. And you build on this with the Generosity Toolbox, Summer Strategy Session, and Philanthropy Dialogues.
Membership Fee: $3,500 per quarter
This is the cornerstone event for most members each year. In years when attending the Philanthropy Institute isn’t possible, organizations will opt for Core Option 2 described in the pane below.
The Institute is perhaps the most extraordinary thought space existing in the field of development. Each year we convene people on the edge doing unusual things—people who dream, attempt, and accomplish the remarkable. For many organizations participation in the Institute is the single most transformative element in their ability to attain dramatic breakthroughs and leaps in thinking. It provides a space for edge runners ready to go beyond the basics and explore high-level possibilities.
Something remarkable often happens when a team journeys together and immerses into a new environment and thought space. Old limitations fall away, distractions disappear, and new ideas become more accessible. Much of what happens at the Institute could not happen onsite even if the same content were replicated. It requires an extraordinary designed space and breadth of remarkable people.
This Institute takes place once each year. Most organizations participate in teams including the CEO, chief development officer, board members, donors-investors, and clinical leaders. As a member, you can bring a team of up to five people. And if you need additional participants, you can add them for a $1K upgrade/person.
An opportunity for onsite strategic development in years when attending the Philanthropy Institute is not possible.
To gain maximum momentum, many people inside your organization need to understand the new ideas and approaches to generosity. It isn’t feasible to send hundreds of physicians, nurses, organizational leaders, and board members to the Philanthropy Institute. But we can bring a piece of it to you. As an alternative to the Institute, Leanne Kaiser Carlson will spend one day at your organization. You may want to structure this as a retreat, a series of educational sessions, or simply spend the day brainstorming and strategizing around particular issues and opportunities.
This provides a different value as you build a broad base of internal engagement. And it creates an option in years you may not have the travel budget to take a team to the Philanthropy Institute.
Leanne Kaiser Carlson will spend a day at your location. You only need to cover any travel-related expenses.
The Generosity Toolbox is a collection of resources designed to help you create more heart connections to generosity and grow philanthropy. It contains five sections: strategy maps which are much like road maps of ideas, templates for applied innovations, an image gallery with artwork conveying abundance and gratitude, a share space where you can see what others are creating, and a place for videos and original thought pieces.
It is often difficult to translate ideas into applied innovations—especially if the idea is so new you can’t see it anywhere else. The Generosity Toolbox contains templates and examples to make this easier. Some things are created so you can take exact blueprints, copy, or images to incorporate as your own. Others may simply become inspiration for your own designs.
We provide individual passwords for five people from your organization or health system to access the web-based Generosity Toolbox.
The summer strategy session provides an opportunity for you to spend one day sharing best practices with a small circle of chief development officers. It’s a time to seek informal advice and talk about what is working—or what is not. Here you can ask questions, seek guidance from a network of peers, and share learning at a level of tactical detail not possible at the Institute. We will also have a chance later in the day to play a bit together with short hike in the Colorado foothills or bike ride on the downtown Denver Platte River trail. And end with a conversation about the day’s learning over dinner.
This venue enables a more informal exploration than is possible in a conference-type setting. It establishes relationships across organizations so the learning in one place becomes an advantage in others.
The summer strategy session takes place one day each year in Denver, Colorado. It is designed for chief development officers.
Every-other month we host a philanthropy conversation open for all members. Some calls may revolve around a single idea or new tool. Others are opportunities for more varied exploration into strategies and approaches being developed by different members. Any number of your team may join these dialogues.
These conversations help sustain momentum over the course of the year. And they establish deeper relationships across our network of innovators.
We provide a dial-in number through which you can join these conversations. Some dialogues are led by Leanne Kaiser Carlson, others by Lee Kaiser or special guests.