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The PACE board of directors announced its search for a new Executive Director on January 21, 2015. Telephone conversations with PACE members in the fall and a day-long convening of members, hosted by the McCormick Foundation in Chicago on December 1, were critical to shaping the future direction of PACE. Members in these conversations were enthusiastic about PACE and its mission: to inspire interest, understanding, and investment in civic engagement within philanthropy and to be a voice for philanthropy in larger conversations taking place in the fields of civic engagement, service, and democracy. The board of directors met on December 2 to review member input regarding strategic direction, short- and long-term goals, and how best to provide the leadership necessary to both build the organization and achieve the stated goals. With appreciation to all who provided input, the board is pleased to share the Executive Director position description and invite applications. The new director is not required to be based in DC. Click here to view the position description.

To Apply: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Applicants should forward a résumé or curriculum vitae and a thoughtful cover letter, outlining how their skills, abilities, and experience meet the qualifications of the position. Applications should be submitted to Sally Prouty, Senior Fellow and Interim Executive Director, at

Sally Prouty Returns to PACE

On October 1st Sally Prouty, the first ever PACE Fellow, will return to PACE as our Senior Fellow and serve as the organization's part-time director while the board conducts a strategic plan and searches for a replacement for Chris Gates. After eight and a half years at PACE, Gates was named on September 8th as the new President of the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington-based organization that is focused on increasing transparency and accountability in government and politics using the tools of technology, big data and journalism. Sally will work with the PACE board on their planning and search process and represent PACE in the civic engagement and philanthropic communities for the next six months. She can be reached directly at


Friends of PACE:
We want to share some exciting news with all of you. Chris Gates, our executive director for the past eight and a half years, has taken a new position. As of October 1st he'll be the new president of the Sunlight Foundation. The press release announcing his selection is linked here. We greatly appreciate everything Chris has done to build PACE into an important part of the philanthropic and civic engagement infrastructure and we hope you will join us in wishing him well in his new venture. We all look forward to continuing to work with him in his exciting new capacity.

PACE Executive Committee
-John Dedrick, Kettering Foundation, PACE President
-John Sirek, McCormick Foundation, PACE Vice President
-David Egner, Hudson-Webber Foundation, PACE Treasurer
-Kate Ahearn, Case Foundation, PACE Secretary

PACE Releases New White Paper, 'Infogagement: Citizenship and Democracy in the Age of Connection'

PACE has released a new white paper, 'Infogagement: Citizenship and Democracy in the Age of Connection'. The paper grew out of our 'Information and Engagement Project', a two year conversation at PACE that involved multiple convenings across the country and dozens of interviews with leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of journalism, civic technology and public engagement. In these conversations we explored how new and old forms of information delivery could encourage more civic engagement, particularly among previously disengaged populations. What we discovered was a complex set of cause and effect relationships that creates an image of public life 'that has become something more like a Jackson Pollock painting'. The project was ably directed by, and the paper was written by, Matt Leighninger, the Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC). The effort was financially supported by PACE members the Rita Allen Foundation, the Case Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. The paper is available as a free pdf download at the PACE website.

PACE & Kettering Release 'Philanthropy and the Limits of Accountability'

PACE and the Kettering Foundation have just released a new white paper, 'Philanthropy and the Limits of Accountability: A Relationship of Respect and Clarity'. The paper grew out of a conversation we began with PACE members over year ago about how the issues of transparency and accountability might soon impact the field of philanthropy. PACE and Kettering convened three roundtables of philanthropic and non-profit leaders, and talked to dozens more one-on-one. This report is a distillation of what we heard and the issues that were raised. Brad Rourke, a program officer at Kettering and the director of this project, did a remarkable job of leading the effort and distilling hundreds of hours of conversation into this timely and relevant paper. We have great appreciation for his patience, his keen intellect and his incisive writing. As we've seen from the appetite for the shorter preview piece that Rourke and Chris Gates recently published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, there is a huge amount of interest in this topic. We hope the paper serves as a springboard to an important conversation within the philanthropic community. The paper is available as a free pdf download on the PACE website.

PACE - Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement

is a learning community, not a funding community, of grantmakers and donors committed to strengthening democracy by using the power, influence and resources of philanthropy to open pathways to civic, democratic and community participation. PACE does not make grants or serve as a conduit for those seeking grants from PACE members.

Civic Engagement:

 There are many ways in which people participate in civic, community and political life and, by doing so, express their engaged citizenship. From volunteering to voting, from community organizing to political advocacy, the defining characteristic of active civic engagement is the commitment to participate and contribute to the improvement of one’s community, neighborhood and nation.

PACE is a national learning community of grantmakers and donors committed to strengthening democracy by using the power and resources of philanthropy to open pathways to civic participation. Formerly known as the Grantmakers Forum on Community and National Service, PACE recently renamed itself to signal a broader approach to educating grantmakers about effective civic engagement strategies that strengthen our communities. These strategies include community problem solving, civic education, leadership training, and political reform.

Sally T. Prouty is serving as interim PACE director (part time) while the board engages in strategic planning and initiates the search for a new director. After nearly a decade as President and CEO of The Corps Network (TCN), Prouty served as a PACE Fellow in 2012 and 2013 providing thought leadership and guidance on their 'Civic Pathways Out of Poverty' project. Prior to her time at TCN, Prouty served seven years as Director of the Ohio Civilian Conservation Corps and four years as Deputy Director of Ohio's Department of Natural Resources. Prouty has held volunteer positions at the local, state, national, and international levels, including a city board of education, the founding board of a charter school and on multiple other boards and commissions including as founding co-chair of both Voices for National Service and the National Campaign for Youth. She currently serves as a member of the national advisory board of Community Renewal International.

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Senior Fellow: Sally T. Prouty
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