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A New Era of Partnership: Developing Enhanced Relationships with Grantees

Tuesday, October 14, 11:10am – 12:40pm


Organized by Ted Russell, Senior Program Officer, The James Irvine Foundation.

Presented by Ming Ng, Senior Director of Programming, The Music Center/Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County; Ted Russell, Senior Program Officer, The James Irvine Foundation; and John Shibley, Principal, John Shibley Consulting.

The relationships between funders and grantees are usually cordial, but because of the power imbalance, the courteousness can be covering up frustrations and misunderstandings. And yet, the quality of these relationships is so critical to our success. The Irvine Foundation Arts program, working with consultant John Shibley, developed a new way to continually enhance key aspects of their relationships with grantees in our New California Arts Fund (NCAF). We’ll share our methods and help you do real-time research about your relationships with grantees, comparing your responses with those from NCAF. You will explore questions that are critical for evolving their relationships with grantees: What aspects of our relationships do we most want to improve? How can we best do that?