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Dara Weinerman Steinberg
Executive Director of Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation
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Try “Putting Something in the Middle” and “Free-Writing” to Reflect on Grantmaking Strategy

Are you curious about how to create a routine that allows you or your team to reflect on your philanthropic practice? Dara Weinerman Steinberg, Executive Director of Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation, shares her experience wrangling time to reflect and how it has reinvigorated her belief in the value of informal learning from strategy. I appreciated how many times she had to put it on her calendar before she gave reflection its due. It’s not easy! Dara and I hope this post will encourage you to experiment with taking time for reflection at work. Put that into your calendar, please!  – Jan Jaffe

Like many people, I’ve been moving forward without making adequate time to reflect. I’ve struggled to find the quiet time to think and explore different possibilities as to how the foundation might refine its grantmaking. I’d put a Shultz Hour on my calendar, and invariably I would move it to accomplish a task that was time sensitive. Plus, it’s easier to put off strategic work when there is no clear plan for how to do strategic reflection.

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