Foundation Center has been hard at work lately! In an effort to better assist organizations in accessing the resources and opportunities they need, the Center has been working on a variety of ways to bring people together in the spirit of collaboration and connection. We have been listening to the feedback that you give us, and we have heard your numerous calls for a chance to convene and connect with your peers.
Our latest endeavor in this arena took place last Thursday evening, September 18. Changemakers Come Alive!, Foundation Center’s first-ever happy hour event, sprang into action at the close of the workday, drawing close to 150 people from nonprofits, foundations, social enterprises, and more. The atmosphere was relaxed and informal, but participants had ample opportunity to share their work and ideals. In addition to mingling with one another, several dozen Foundation Center staff were also present and ready to talk with attendees about their organizations, and to discuss their own particular specialties within the Foundation Center, such as data, research, training opportunities, and more. Experiences were shared on social media using the hashtag #fcnyconnect, and we also provided a photo station where participants could pose with a chalkboard immortalizing their personal answer to the question, “What makes you come alive?” View all of the event photos on Foundation Center-New York's Facebook page.
We at the Center are gratified at the great turnout to our September 18 event, but we’d like to emphasize that this is just the first in what we hope will become an ongoing series of opportunities for members of the social sector to convene, connect, and collaborate. We will be hosting our next event on the evening of Wednesday, November 5, immediately following our Ninth Annual Open House. Stay tuned; details are soon to come!