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10 Questions or Less is a feature through which we get to know regional association staff members a little better—their work, what drives them, and more. This week we talk with Dwayne Marshall, Director of Programs and Partnerships at the Southeastern Council of Foundations.

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This year marks a very special anniversary for two of Forum Staff members. Mary O’Neill, Interim Director, and Val Rozansky, Director of Knowledge Services, have been serving regional associations of grantmakers at the Forum for 10 years.

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We encourage everyone attending and those following along from their desks to use #ForumCon15 for any of your social media posts on Twitter or Facebook.

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Here are the great reads that grabbed our attention this month!

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Arizona Grantmakers Forum Board of Directors has named Laurie Liles as the next President and CEO of Arizona Grantmakers Forum.

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On May 31, an op-ed appeared in the New York Times, Who Will Watch the Charities?, from David Callahan, founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, calling for more oversight of the philanthropic sector and presents four ideas for reform. The Forum and Philanthropy New York, along with others in the field, have submitted responses over the past couple of days.

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The gist of the product teams approach is recognizing that great technology is essential to delivering our programs and creating the impact we want to have in the world. Each key technology system is treated as a "product" and managed by a team comprised of both technology people and "domain experts" who bring in-the-trenches programmatic and business process knowledge. Most importantly, though, products are resourced and managed on a permanent, ongoing basis, not as one-time, "big-bang" initiatives.

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Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers Annual Meeting at the Walters Art Museum in downtown Baltimore. The keynote address by ArtPlace America's Executive Director Jamie Bennett introduced the idea of "Creative Placemaking."

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June 12th - 18th is the Week of Making, an opportunity to for individuals in communities throughout the U.S. and around the world to participate in Making activities locally, celebrating the innovation, ingenuity and creativity of Makers.

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