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October 27, 2010 / nick geisinger

We need you in the picture!

by Tamara Lucas Copeland
President, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Our Annual Meeting festivities will start early this year! We invite all member CEOs and Trustees to join us for a cocktail reception at the Phillips Collection on Wednesday, Nov. 17—the evening before the meeting. Allow me to boldly predict a gathering as enjoyable as the one in Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party, the Phillips Collection’s most popular and best known work.

As our staff was chatting about this painting, it came out that Katy Moore, our director of member services, has a degree in art history. Another thing to know about Katy is how much she enjoys making connections—between people, between organizations, and, as it turns out, between art history and philanthropy.

Katy Moore:

“Think about the joy in this painting. How might it have turned out if Renoir had decided to paint just a single patron at the Maison Fournaise? Without the inclusion of many subjects interacting in such a lively, vibrant way, it is likely that Renoir’s painting would have faded into the tomes of art history rather than becoming one of the most well-known paintings of all time. Now–how will our work be remembered? Will we work alone towards small victories or come together to achieve greatness?”

Is Katy onto something? Has Katy been working too hard? Perhaps it’s a bit of both!

Our special guest at the Wednesday, November 17 reception will be Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, formerly of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and our very own Board of Directors. We are grateful to the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation for sponsoring the event.

Our 2010 Annual Meeting may be sold out, but the reception will be a chance for our community’s leaders to meet, talk, and strengthen the connections that can lead to great things. I hope that your organization will be represented on Nov. 17. As an important part of our lively community, we need you in the picture!

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