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PACE Selects Kristen Cambell as Executive Director

PACE announces the appointment of Kristen R. Cambell as Executive Director effective July 1, 2015.

Kristen established the basis for a career in the philanthropic sector by serving on the social innovation team at the Case Foundation and as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Points of Light Foundation. Additionally she served 6 years as Chief Program Officer for the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), a congressionally chartered nonprofit. In her tenure at NCoC, she supported the organization in more than tripling its program and partnership portfolio, budget, and staff.

Kristen comes to PACE from KC Consultancy, LLC, a boutique consulting practice she established to support a diverse portfolio of clients focused on civic engagement, education, and leadership. Kristen currently serves on the Advisory Boards of several organizations, including The Fund for American Studies, the Annenberg Presidential Learning Center, and the Sustained Dialogue Institute. She is also an Independent Sector and American Express NGen Fellow.

"Kristen's nonprofit experience and her experience at the Case Foundation coupled with significant work with members of the civic engagement funding community give her unique insight and the ability to lead the work of PACE. We welcome her with great enthusiasm," said PACE Board of Directors President, John R. Dedrick.

Kristen can be reached at

Sally Prouty Continues with PACE

Sally Prouty, who has served as Interim Director of PACE since October 2014, will continue with the organization as a Senior Fellow through December 2016. In her capacity as Interim Director, Sally worked closely with the PACE board during its executive search process, and represented the organization in the civic engagement and philanthropic communities. After nearly a decade as President and CEO of The Corps Network (TCN), Sally served as a PACE Fellow in 2012 and 2013 providing thought leadership and guidance on its 'Civic Pathways Out of Poverty' project. Prior to her time at TCN, Sally served seven years as Director of the Ohio Civilian Conservation Corps and four years as Deputy Director of Ohio's Department of Natural Resources. Sally has held volunteer positions at the local, state, national, and international levels, including a city board of education, the founding board of a charter school and on multiple other boards and commissions including as founding co-chair of both Voices for National Service and the National Campaign for Youth. She currently serves as a member of the national advisory board of Community Renewal International. Sally can be reached at

PACE Releases New White Paper, 'Infogagement: Citizenship and Democracy in the Age of Connection'

PACE has released a new white paper, 'Infogagement: Citizenship and Democracy in the Age of Connection'. The paper grew out of our 'Information and Engagement Project', a two year conversation at PACE that involved multiple convenings across the country and dozens of interviews with leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of journalism, civic technology and public engagement. In these conversations we explored how new and old forms of information delivery could encourage more civic engagement, particularly among previously disengaged populations. What we discovered was a complex set of cause and effect relationships that creates an image of public life 'that has become something more like a Jackson Pollock painting'. The project was ably directed by, and the paper was written by, Matt Leighninger, the Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC). The effort was financially supported by PACE members the Rita Allen Foundation, the Case Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. The paper is available as a free pdf download at the PACE website.

PACE & Kettering Release 'Philanthropy and the Limits of Accountability'

PACE and the Kettering Foundation have just released a new white paper, 'Philanthropy and the Limits of Accountability: A Relationship of Respect and Clarity'. The paper grew out of a conversation we began with PACE members over year ago about how the issues of transparency and accountability might soon impact the field of philanthropy. PACE and Kettering convened three roundtables of philanthropic and non-profit leaders, and talked to dozens more one-on-one. This report is a distillation of what we heard and the issues that were raised. Brad Rourke, a program officer at Kettering and the director of this project, did a remarkable job of leading the effort and distilling hundreds of hours of conversation into this timely and relevant paper. We have great appreciation for his patience, his keen intellect and his incisive writing. As we've seen from the appetite for the shorter preview piece that Rourke and Chris Gates recently published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, there is a huge amount of interest in this topic. We hope the paper serves as a springboard to an important conversation within the philanthropic community. The paper is available as a free pdf download on the PACE website.

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.

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