More than 400 foundation leaders and board members gathered in Naples, Florida last week for the Foundation Leadership Forum. AGB's 19th annual summit provided a unique opportunity to engage and energize foundation board members on their important work. Throughout the three-day program, attendees shared innovative ideas and best practices for strengthening governance, enhancing development, and fostering effective foundation-institution relationships.
Many thanks to everyone who joined us—we hope to see you next year at the Terranea Resort in California.
Leaders from the University Innovation Alliance kicked-off the Forum with an inspiring discussion on the power of collaboration to produce more graduates who better meet public needs.
Bob Sweeney, senior vice president for university advancement at UVA, sat down with Donna Vuchinich to share his experience in engaging volunteer leaders to build a successful campaign.
A foundation's boardroom may not be all that different from the U.S. Department of Defense's war room, according to General Richard B. Myers, chair of the Kansas State University Foundation and former chairman of the Join Chiefs of Staff. Both require individuals who are "trusting and trustworthy" to create robust partnerships and open dialogue.
Nancy Cables from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and La June Montgomery Tabron from the Kellogg Foundation shared their aspirations for the important role private foundations will play in ensuring higher education's mission in the future.
Francoise Aylmer (president and CEO of Portland State University Foundation), James R. Keller (vice chair for the University of Vermont Foundation), and James H. Moore, Jr. (president of the University of Arizona Foundation) came together to examine innovative ways foundations can leverage their boards to advance their institutions.