Friends of PACE,
Happy New Year! I wanted to write to share a few updates related to PACE and our work at this critical moment in time for our country’s civic and community life, as well for our democracy. Among many things, we have some new board and network members, a new address, an upcoming webinar, and lots of opportunities for collaboration in the years ahead.
Our work now
Our country and our citizenry are facing many challenges at this moment in time and PACE remains committed to strengthening civic life through philanthropic practice. While we will continue to support our members in the diversity of their work, PACE will also venture to take active leadership around a few strategic questions over the next 2 years. These questions aim to explore some of the underlying culture and conditions that underpin the process for, and outcomes of, civic engagement and democratic practice:
- How can philanthropy make investments in civic engagement that increase health and safety outcomes in communities?
- How can philanthropy create spaces for people to come together around complex and divisive issues?
- How can philanthropy invest in information and education that prepares people for active civic participation and sustains their involvement over time?
We know we don’t have all the answers, nor are we the only ones exploring these questions, so we seek collaboration with others with similar goals. If you would like to explore opportunities to work together, either through membership in the network and/or partnership around these questions, please let me know.
For example, please consider joining us for an upcoming webinar on January 25 featuring PACE members and partners discussing opportunities for philanthropy within the field of civic learning.
We are growing (we welcomed 13 new members in 2016) and hope to continue expanding the number of foundations and funders that recognize civic engagement as a fundamental part of their mission. To support this continued growth, I am honored to announce the addition of two new members to our board of directors: Sarah Koch of the Case Foundation and Elizabeth Christopherson of the Rita Allen Foundation. I am also pleased to share our officer slate for 2017: President, John Dedrick of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation; Secretary and President Emeritus, John Esterle of the Whitman Institute; and Treasurer, Keesha Gaskins-Nathan of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
PACE is moving offices, so please update your records accordingly. Our new address is 1717 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036. Our new phone number is 202.753.9917.
That’s all for now, but there is much exciting and important work ahead. I hope we will have the opportunity to engage in this work together, and please let me know if you have any questions or thoughts.
Thank you for your leadership and your service.