LAFF Society

SPOTLIGHT

Funeral Mass for Philomena Forde Taylor

 

A funeral mass will be said this Saturday, January 27, for Philomena Forde Taylor.

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John Koprowski, Ford Comptroller and Actor and Singer, Dies

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John Koprowski’s love for the theater went back many years, including while he was at Ford, and he pursued that passion full time after leaving the Foundation.

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NEWSLETTER

Meeting New Challenges

 

Three articles in this issue by members of The LAFF Society delve into challenges facing foundations in a time of rapid and dramatic change. Through examples of their work, and with suggestions for others, they describe the steps they have taken to confront specific challenges and offer ideas that may help others plot their own futures.

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Promoting Diversity in Endowment Assets

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By Mary McClymont

Mary McClymont describes how one Foundation is advancing a social justice agenda by pursuing racial and ethnic diversity among asset managers.

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The Need to Maximize Investment In the Nonprofit Workforce

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By Rusty Stahl

Rusty Stahl urges a greater investment in the training and treatment of nonprofit workers, the “first responders and last bulwark of our democracy”.

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The Three Rs (and one H) for Responding to Disasters: Relief, Recovery, Rebuilding and Healing

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By Michael Seltzer

Michael Seltzer explores how foundations can work with government, corporations and the public to use their resources to the greatest effect in dealing with the devastation of natural disasters.

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Easy and Hard: Developing a Strategic Anti-corruption Presence in the U.S.

 

By Zoe Reiter. President Donald Trump’s election has been a wake-up call on multiple levels. 

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Women of Color Group Formed

 

Bonnie Jenkins is one of the founders of Women of Color Advancing Peace.

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Celebrating the Holidays

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The LAFF Society had a party at the Foundation's temporary offices in mid-Manhattan.

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New Book on Impact of Agent Orange in Vietnam

 

A new book on the lingering effects of the use of Agent Orange/dioxin during the Vietnam war, co-written by Charles Bailey.

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The Iran Nuclear Deal: An Interview

 

Arthur I. Cyr in an interview with the Irani news agency Mehr.

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When friends get together...

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Radhika Balakrishnan with Natalia Kanem, Anne Kubisch, and Nicola Jones; and Natalia Kanem with Lia Sciortino.

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Meeting the Challenge Of Executive Turnover

By Frances Korten

Our country and the world need a vibrant nonprofit sector. Good leadership transitions must be a part of keeping the sector strong.

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More From the Archives

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These pictures represent a continuing effort by the newsletter to offer LAFF’s members a glimpse into their past, and to gather more background on the Foundation’s history.

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Remembering Trustee J. Irwin Miller

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By Willard J. Hertz

A recent article about a small Indiana city in The New York Times jogged my memory of J. Irwin Miller, a remarkably versatile and creative member of the Ford Foundation’s board of trustees in the 1960s and 1970s.

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The Need to Preserve National Service

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The willingness to serve is a commitment Americans want to make. And, it’s a critical role for government to enable and support that.

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Remembrances of Richard Magat

 

From his friends at the Rockefeller Archive Center. Thanks in large measure to Dick Magat, the LAFF Society material will augment the Ford Foundation Collection at the Rockefeller Archive. 

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My Teacher, Dick Magat

By Willard J. Hertz

Will Hertz, who began work at the Ford Foundation in Dick Magat’s Office of Reports, here looks back on their relationship and, in a separate article, revisits Dick’s “relevant, insightful and beautifully written” history of the Foundation at work.

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A Kind and Generous Spirit

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By Theodora Lurie

From the start I recognized a unique soul—curious and engaged, an elder statesman with a sharp wit and a playful sense of humor, a kind and generous spirit.

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Richard Magat: “A Deeply Engaged Citizen of the Republic”

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HistPhil co-editor Stanley N. Katz remembers his friend, Richard Magat, the long-serving Ford Foundation communications director. 

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Richard Magat’s Memorial Service

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Many of Dick Magat’s friends gathered at a memorial service in New York City on April 30, 2017.

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Peter Geithner: an Appreciation

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By Mark Sidel

This article by Mark Sidel appears in the March 2017 issue of Alliance Magazine.

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TrustAfrica and the New Africa Philanthropy

 

By Elizabeth Coleman and Halima Mahomed Five important elements of a philanthropy that effectively fosters independent action and strengthens movements for change in Africa.

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Richard Magat, LAFF’s Co-Founder, Dies

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Richard Magat, co-founder of The LAFF Society and for 25 years director of the Ford Foundation’s Office of Reports, died March 15. He was 90 years old.

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LAFF PARADE

News about Former Foundation Staff

12/18/2017

News about Natalia Kanem, Terry McGovern, Geetanjali Misra, Urvashi Vaid, Michael Conroy, Hanny Magally, Willy Mutunga, Luis Ubiñas, Lia Sciortino, and Jill Hill, widow of Arthur Hill.

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CLIPPINGS

Selection Of Articles Published Elsewhere

Risks and Benefits of the U.S. Speaking Out About Iran

1/4/2018

Gary Sick is interviewed by Robert Siegel of NPR about U.S. policy options on Iran.

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Saudi Arabia 'destabilising influence' in Middle East

By Gary Sick |  11/4/2017

...according to Gary Sick, a professor at Columbia University and analyst of Middle East affairs, who is currently visiting Italy.

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The Art of No Deal

By Gary Sick |  9/25/2017

President Trump has given the world an instructive look at his negotiating style, as he lurches dangerously through the international china shop.

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Former Tulane President Eamon Kelly dies

7/8/2017

Former Tulane President Eamon Michael Kelly died on Wednesday, June 28, at the Tulane Medical Center following complications from surgery. He was 81 years old.

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The Iran nuclear deal has been a Middle East game-changer

6/14/2016

By Gary Sick and Frank G. Wisner. Two years ago, a new war in the Middle East appeared very likely. The government of Iran, despite enduring the most severe international sanctions ever imposed on a noncombatant power, insisted on increasing its nuclear program.

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Opinion: Robert Curvin, and Leaving the World Better Than the Way You Found It.

By Roland V. Anglin |  10/5/2015

Celebrating and commemorating a man whose accomplishments cannot be contained by any one list.

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Iran After the Deal

By Gary Sick |  9/10/2015

What to Do When the JCPOA Expires.

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Saudi Arabia's Widening War.

By Gary Sick |  6/8/2015

Obama is trying to make peace with Iran. The new Saudi king is on the course for war.

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The Danger of a Failed Iran Deal

By Gary Sick |  3/10/2015

If you want a nuclear Middle East, there’s no better way than to let Tehran walk away.

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Now Showing: Brian Mori's Play

2/24/2015

Brian Richard Mori’s celebrated play Hellman v. McCarthy is being performed in Beverly Hills, Calif., at Theatre 40 and the Saban Theatre through Sunday, March 1. Next: Salt Lake City.

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A Musical Event with John Koprowski: Five Years That Rocked the World 1964-1969

2/16/2015

A retrospective look at an era which influenced music, culture and history for the next half century.

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Men are problem and solution to violence against women, says Breakthrough's founder Mallika Dutt

1/19/2015

In the wake of rising incidents of violence against women across the country, Iamin talked to Mallika Dutt, founder of Breakthrough.

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Don't Let Iran Walk Away From the Table

By Gary Sick |  11/21/2014

If the November 24th deadline isn't met, everything could unravel at once.

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Strikes on ISIS. Now What?

9/25/2014

Bassma Kodmani contributed to the "Room for Debate" discussion in the New York Times.

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Brian Mori's play on Channel Thirteen

9/25/2014

Brian Richard Mori's play "Hellman v. McCarthy," will be aired on October 9th and 12th during Channel Thirteen's weekly series, "Theater Close Up".

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National Security Council Veteran Weighs In on Foley, Hostages, and ISIL's Brutality

8/21/2014

The brutal killing of American photojournalist James Wright Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (or Syria) has sparked outrage. With ISIL threatening to kill a second hostage, journalist Steven Soltoff, The Wire spoke with Gary Sick, who served on the National Security Council for President Jimmy Carter.

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Four Dimensions of Nuclear Chess Game

By Gary Sick |  5/5/2014

A government negotiating with another government is almost inevitably required to conduct a second negotiation with its own domestic constituents whose own interests will be affected by the outcome.

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Coalition Seeks Public's Advice on New York City's Goals

11/11/2013

As Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio prepares to succeed Michael R. Bloomberg, a coalition of leading foundations will unveil an ambitious citywide effort to enlist regular New Yorkers in sharing their views about the city’s future.

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Ubinas Reflects on Six Years as President of the Ford Foundation

8/6/2013

In a wide-ranging interview with Rahim Kanani of the Skoll World Forum, Ubiñas reflects on his tenure at the foundation, the state of philanthropy today, measuring and evaluating long-term progress, critical lessons in leadership, and much more.

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After a Gay Rights Victory, A New Challenge for Grant Makers

By Michael Seltzer |  7/12/2013

The Supreme Court found that the Defense of Marriage Act violates the constitution of the United States and that marriage equality is the law in those states where same-sex marriage is legal. It’s also time for philanthropy to reflect on its power to further social justice

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Warren Wilson president is down-to-earth guy

4/26/2013

For those of us whose leanings are toward gentler disciplines such as literature and philosophy, a quick perusal of Warren Wilson College President Steve Solnick’s curriculum vitae might invite a touch of academic intimidation.

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Reminiscences on a grantee-grantor relationship

By Rosalia Maria Emanuela Sciortino |  1/16/2013

When one reaches a certain age – as in my case – there is a tendency to look back and reflect on one’s experiences, including the transformations in one’s own career landscape over time. In the more than 20 years of working with international philanthropic and development organisations of a grant-making nature in Southeast Asia, I have seen many ideologies and trends emerge and wane.

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Mideast peace starts with talking to Iran

By Gary Sick |  11/16/2012

(CNN) -- President Barack Obama is getting a lot of free advice. Here's a question, not an answer: With every issue in the Middle East intertwined with every other, like a giant bowl of spaghetti, where do you begin?

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Former White House Aide Reviews 'Argo'

By Gary Sick |  10/18/2012

On NPR's Talk of the Nation, Gary Sick reviews the movie Argo  that "tells the story of the six American diplomats who narrowly escaped the U.S. embassy in Tehran as the Iran hostage crisis erupted in late 1979."

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Ford Needs a Smarter Approach to Newspaper Grants

8/14/2012

The Ford Foundation’s announcement last month that it is providing $500,000 to help The Washington Post strengthen its coverage of government-accountability issues is inappropriate and a waste of money.

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