Chronicle of Philanthropy Highlights PACE Project
The Chronicle of Philanthropy has recently published 'Foundations Must Rethink Their Ideas of Strategic Giving and Accountability', an article that was co-authored by PACE Executive Director Chris Gates and Kettering Foundation Program Officer Brad Rourke. The article is based on the upcoming PACE white paper, 'Philanthropy and the Limits of Accountability: A Relationship of Respect and Clarity' authored by Rourke. PACE and Kettering have been working together for the past two years to better understand how the trends of 'accountability' and 'transparency' might impact the field of philanthropy, and how philanthropy might respond. The paper was informed by a series of interviews and convenings, a distinguished group of foundation executives, non-profit leaders and thought leaders in the philanthropic and social sectors. Many of their insights and questions are reflected in the paper, which will be released soon as a free pdf download on the PACE website, www.pacefunders.org. To read the Chronicle article, click here.
PACE - Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement is a learning community, not a funding community, of grantmakers and donors committed to strengthening democracy by using the power, influence and resources of philanthropy to open pathways to civic, democratic and community participation. PACE does not make grants or serve as a conduit for those seeking grants from PACE members.
Civic Engagement: There are many ways in which people participate in civic, community and political life and, by doing so, express their engaged citizenship. From volunteering to voting, from community organizing to political advocacy, the defining characteristic of active civic engagement is the commitment to participate and contribute to the improvement of one’s community, neighborhood and nation.
PACE is a national learning community of grantmakers and donors committed to strengthening democracy by using the power and resources of philanthropy to open pathways to civic participation. Formerly known as the Grantmakers Forum on Community and National Service, PACE recently renamed itself to signal a broader approach to educating grantmakers about effective civic engagement strategies that strengthen our communities. These strategies include community problem solving, civic education, leadership training, and political reform.
Chris Gates is the first Executive Director of PACE, named to that posititon in 2006. Gates is the former President of the National Civic League, and an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Leadership of PACE offers Chris the opportunity to sustain his career-long commitment to promoting democratic renewal, citizen activism and meaningful participation in community affairs. Gates is a national leader and frequent speaker on topics relating to the state of our democracy, the interaction between citizens and government, and innovative community problem solving.