The Catalytic Philanthropy Podcast

Janis Reischmann — Convening Nurtures Community and Powerful Ideas

August 9, 2021

Over the course of 12 years, the Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation in Hawai'i convened a group of organizations working in a new approach to education focused on the environment. Over time, the foundation and its partners nurtured and developed this emerging field through peer learning, developing different models of program delivery, and demonstrating impact. Organizations around the state are taking notice, creating the potential for larger numbers of children and youth to benefit. Learn how convening, a strategy available to the smallest foundations, can help catalyze large-scale change.



Bio: Janis has served as the Executive Director of Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation in Honolulu, Hawai‘i since April, 2008, and joined its board in 2011. Before coming to the foundation, she served as Vice President of Hawai`i Community Foundation and was the principal of a consulting practice focused on organizational development. She has masters degrees in social work and in business administration. Her home is on O‘ahu in Nu‘uanu with her husband and two dogs.

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