Community Foundations are known for sharing — sharing resources, sharing information, sharing strategies. That’s why the opening session of our national conference promises food for thought for the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, a leader in a grassroots initiative to strengthen Birmingham City Schools.
We started the Yes We Can! Birmingham effort with many great partners in 2007, and today we work closely with the Birmingham Education Foundation, created to carry forward a Community Agreement that expresses what parents, teachers and the whole community wants for our children.
When the Fall Conference for Community Foundations in San Francisco opens with “Rehabilitating the Classroom: A Candid Discussion of Education Reform,” we will hear from a former public school administrator, a teacher, a principal and a parent. For us, this is another important type of listening as we hear their perspectives on solutions and hear how community foundations can make a significant difference.
We look forward to telling our story too, as we share with our peers around the room. Check out the Re: Philanthropy blog or search the Twitter hashtag #COFSF from Sept. 19-21 for more from the national gathering.