Via Allison Fine
The Case Foundation is looking for some folks to serve as external reviewers for the first part of its new grantmaking effort focused on igniting citizen-centered community work across the country. And it's doing it in away that reflects a citizen-centered approach by involving people outside the foundation in every part of the process, starting with reviewing Letters of Intent (LOIs).
The Foundation has received some great applications from a number of people across the country. They're particularly interested, however, in getting applications from people who've been directly and personally involved in community-based public work, deliberation, or collaborative problem-solving. They hope you can help get folks involved by sending this notice out to your networks, your friends, your colleagues, and everyone you know.
The Case Foundation is looking for external reviewers to assist with the first phase of a pilot grantmaking program that encourages citizen-centered civic participation. Given your experience and relationships, we thought you might want to apply; encourage your friends, colleagues or constituents to apply; or forward the announcement to others who might be interested.
First, a bit of background. Through this new grant program, the Foundation seeks to identify, support, and lift up some of the most exciting citizen-centered efforts that are bubbling up across the country. But, what also makes this program interesting is that the Foundation will not only be supporting citizen-centered efforts, but will be attempting to walk the talk of citizen-centered practice itself by involving the public in virtually every aspect of the process from creating guidelines to vetting proposals to making grant decisions.
The individuals the Foundation is now recruiting (and will commission) to serve as external reviewers will be participating in the first part of this process: Reviewing and assessing the initial "letters of interest" from hundreds of organizations and individuals across the country. More details about the position are attached.
This will not only be a fun and interesting opportunity, but it will give participants the chance to participate in one of the first efforts by a national foundation to "do philanthropy" in a way that is, hopefully, more transparent, interactive, and responsive.
Interested applicants should first read the attached job description and are strongly encouraged to review the Foundation's paper, Citizens at the Center: A New Approach to Civic Engagement (www.casefoundation.org/citizens). An executive summary of the paper is also included in the job description.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday, May 23rd.
Interested individuals should send their resume or curriculum vitae and a brief statement (50-75 words or less, please) on why you want to be involved in this review process by Wednesday, May 23 to:
The Case Foundation
Attention: Kristen Cambell
This looks like an interesting experiment to blend citizen journalism with philanthropy in the real world. Speaking experiments and philanthropy, Lucy's post on Philanthropy 2173 the other day about Virtual Philanthropy Simulations is definitely worth a read.