At this year's Council on Foundation's conference in L.A, Knight Foundation is taking part in several discussions on innovations in the field, including why the future of philanthropy is mobile, how data is impacting the sector and how games can create social change and more.
On Sunday, a new evaluation on the social impact of real-world games was the center of a panel led by Jessica Goldfin, strategic adviser to the president at Knight Foundation. Knight recently released its evaluation which explored aspects of real-world games that are most effective in addressing community issues.
Today, John Bracken, director of journalism and media innovation, will participate in a panel discussion around funding mobile for social impact. Zero Divide is hosting “The Future is Mobile” at 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m EST. The conversation will feature both funders of mobile projects and practitioners who will provide hands-on demos, including two Knight grantees, VotoLatino and Safecast.
Also today, Vice President for Strategy & Assessment Mayur Patel will offer his insights as to how advances in digital technology and changes in how people access and engage with news and information have altered the way foundations operate. The event will be livestreamed, starting at 12:30 p.m PST / 3:30 p.m EST.
Damian Thorman, Knight's national program director, will also help lead a conversation around high-impact investing for economic rebuilding, with Knight grantee, National Fund for Workforce Solutions.
Knight's Director/Strategy & Assessment Jonathan Sotsky, will also take part in a conversation about innovative ways grantmakers build data into their work, both as a tool for assessing the needs of individual grantees and as a resource for program design and sector-wide change.
Tomorrow, Knight's Vice President of Communications Andrew Sherry will share communication strategies to transform philanthropy. He'll talk candidly about the strategic and critical role of communications, as well as successes and challenges the foundation faces.
Below you'll find more detailed information about each of the panels, including meeting room locations. For those following on Twitter, the hashtag is #cofLA.