How a Foundation Starts and Grows: Questions, Advice, and Ideas

Date/Time Date(s) - Wed., Apr 23, 2014
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

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Location Annie E. Casey Foundation DC Offices

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How a Foundation Starts and Grows: Questions, Advice, and Ideas

at the Annie E. Casey Foundation DC Offices
1602 L Street Northwest, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

Have you ever wanted to talk with someone who created a foundation? Where did they start? What did they choose to fund? How do they think our field can improve? How do they select grantee partners, approach transparency and accountability, design measurement evaluation, recognize power dynamics, use impact investing strategies? There are so many questions. Come join us for a special conversation with the founding president of The Ocean Foundation, Mark Spalding. Ten years ago, he was asked to create a foundation. A decade later, as Mark makes plans for the future, he is reflecting and asking himself some tough questions that he would like to share with emerging practitioners in philanthropy. Join us for this brownbag lunch with a leader, so we can create a culture of questions and hopefully some ideas and answers, too…

Note: This is a brownbag lunch, please bring your lunch and plan to arrive at 11:45am for networking and time to eat. The program will start promptly at 12pm.

About Mark Spalding:
Mark Spalding has been the President of The Ocean Foundation since its founding 10 years ago. Under his leadership, it has grown exponentially from a $200,000 to $5 million/year budget, and he has prioritized its focus on steering the human relationship with the sea to a brighter future through diverse, carefully chosen strategies and projects. Mark drove the design and establishment of the Alaska Oceans Program, the Shipping Safety Partnership, the Loreto Bay Foundation and the St. Kitts Foundation. Mark is the advisor to the Rockefeller Ocean Strategy (an unprecedented ocean-centric investment fund), and designed the first-ever blue carbon offset program, SeaGrass Grow! Mark was recently appointed by the UN to its Pool of Experts for the UN World Ocean Assessment. From 1994 to 2003, Mark was the Director of the Environmental Law and Civil Society Program, and Editor of the Journal of Environment and Development, at UCSD’s Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies (IR/PS). In addition to lecturing at IR/PS, Mark has taught at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD’s Muir College, UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, and University of San Diego’s School of Law. He was a research fellow at UCSD’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, a Sustainability Institute – Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow and a SeaWeb Senior Fellow. He holds a B.A. in history with Honors from Claremont McKenna College, a J.D. from Loyola Law School, and a Master in Pacific International Affairs (MPIA) from IR/PS. He is a graduate of the British School of Motor Racing.

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