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Michael Marsicano

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99: Moving Through the Pandemic: What Do We Do Now? (Michael Marsicano)

Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership

099: Moving Through the Pandemic: What Do We Do Now? (Michael Marsicano)SUMMARYAs one of the most popular guests on Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership, it seems only fitting to bring back Michael Marsicano as the podcast completes its first 100 episodes. On his first visit to the Path (episode #32), Michael raised important questions - and offered key insight - on the role of philanthropy as nonprofit leaders grappled with a global pandemic in April of 2020.  A year later on episode #99, he continues to address many of the important questions that remain, and shares more about the specific programs the Foundation For The Carolinas and its funders are bringing to the communities it serves.  In addition to the organizational leadership the FFTC provides, Michael sheds light on his personal leadership style and how the last year has affected his approach to strategy, team building and lifelong learning.ABOUT MICHAELMichael Marsicano is President and CEO of Foundation For The Carolinas, the community foundation serving Charlotte and the surrounding 13-county region. The Foundation leads a variety of civic leadership initiatives in areas such as affordable housing, economic opportunity, public school reform, the arts and the environment.  Since Dr. Marsicano joined the Foundation in 1999 its assets have grown from $245 million to now more than $2.6 billion. During that time, FFTC rose from the 35th largest community foundation in the U.S. to currently the 6th largest, and now manages nearly 3,000 charitable funds. During his tenure, contributions to FFTC-held funds have exceeded $4 billion and grant awards to nonprofits total more than $2.8 billion. Dr. Marsicano joined FFTC after serving as President and CEO of the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte for 10 years. During his tenure, the United Arts Fund moved to the nation’s highest in per capita in annual giving and became one of the largest endowed arts councils in the U.S.  A native of New York, Dr. Marsicano received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy from Duke University. He is married to the Rev. Leslie Montfort Marsicano, also a graduate of Duke University and the Duke Divinity School. EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCESThe Foundation’s Report to the Community 2019-2020Learn more about the dramatic growth of the E4E Relief programYuval Noah Harari’s book SapiensIsabel Wilkerson’s book CasteCal Newport’s book Deep WorkMichael Sandel’s book The Tyranny of Merit

1hr 4mins

20 Apr 2021

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Ep053: Michael Marsicano of FFTC Talks Small Biz Grants and COVID Response Fund (BROADCAST LIVE)

The Fintech Moshpit - Powered by Carolina Fintech Hub

Episode 53 of the Fintech Moshpit – Join us for an intimate discussion with the CEO of Foundation for the Carolinas, Michael Marsicano. We will discuss the COVID Response Fund, Small Business Grants Program, National Disaster Relief Grants, and much more. Source

48mins

10 Jul 2020

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32: Community Leadership in the Philanthropic Sector (Michael Marsicano)

Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership

032: Community Leadership in the Philanthropic Sector (Michael Marsicano)SUMMARYMichael Marsicano leads one of the largest community foundations in the United States. He is passionate about bringing communities together to maximize philanthropy and improve all aspects of society.  Like nonprofit leaders around the world, he was faced with an unprecedented challenge – and opportunity – with the arrival of COVID-19.  What did he do?  He mobilized his team and collaborative partners throughout the region to quickly establish the COVID-19 Response Fund, one of the largest efforts anywhere in the country.  While the fund itself is a fascinating study in community partnerships and the power of philanthropy, Michael and I discussed much more. What are the lessons nonprofit leaders should be learning right now, and how can they best leverage their teams, their boards and their donors?  What does this mean for the nonprofit sector after we get through the initial relief efforts?  What does this mean for arts & culture organizations that are not on the front line of relief efforts but are hurting, nonetheless?  These are just a few of the topics we discussed, and Michael offered words of wisdom and actionable takeaways in every case.ABOUT MICHAELMichael Marsicano, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Foundation For The Carolinas, the community foundation serving Charlotte and the surrounding 13-county region. The Foundation leads a variety of civic leadership initiatives in areas such as affordable housing, economic opportunity, public school reform, the arts and the environment.  Since Dr. Marsicano joined the Foundation in 1999 its assets have grown from $245 million to now more than $2.6 billion. During that time, FFTC rose from the 35th largest community foundation in the U.S. to currently the 6th largest, and now manages nearly 3,000 charitable funds. During his tenure, contributions to FFTC-held funds have exceeded $4 billion and grant awards to nonprofits total more than $2.8 billion. Dr. Marsicano joined FFTC after serving as President and CEO of the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte for 10 years. During his tenure, the United Arts Fund moved to the nation’s highest in per capita in annual giving and became one of the largest endowed arts councils in the U.S.  A native of New York, Dr. Marsicano received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy from Duke University. He is married to the Rev. Leslie Montfort Marsicano, also a graduate of Duke University and the Duke Divinity School. EPISODE TOPICS & RESOURCESAnthony Doerr’s book All the Light We Cannot SeeYuval Noah Harari’s book SapiensChan Kim and Renee Mauborgne’s book Blue Ocean Strategy

48mins

27 Apr 2020

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Michael Marsicano | Visionary Catalyst - Ep. 37

On Life and Meaning

Michael Marsicano is ranked by Charlotte magazine as the most powerful person in the city of Charlotte. He is president and CEO of The Foundation For The Carolinas, a Charlotte-based community foundation that advances philanthropy and drives major civic leadership initiatives. Prior to joining the Foundation, Michael served as president and CEO of the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, and as executive director of the Durham Arts Council and the Royal Arts Center in Durham, North Carolina. He has served on the boards of several national and local organizations, from Americans for the Arts to Duke University. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the Charlotte Center City Partners Vision Award and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Innovator of the Year award. Michael earned a bachelor's degree in psychology, and a master's degree and a Ph.D. in education from Duke University. This episode is perfect for anyone interested in leading a community foundation and a career dedicated to the arts, philanthropy, education and citizenship IN THIS EPISODE Michael explains the work of the Foundation For The Carolinas. He shares his current strategic priorities, how his time is divided and how he sees his role in the community. He answers whether he thinks of himself as the person who has succeeded Hugh McColl, Jr., former CEO of Bank of America, as a visionary leader of Charlotte. He addresses the status of economic opportunity and upward mobility efforts in Charlotte. Michael reveals what he learned from and what could have been done differently in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force Leading on Opportunity report. He talks about the impact of the September 2016 protests in Charlotte on economic opportunity and upward mobility efforts and his personal response to those protests. He responds to the assertion that Charlotte doesn't need any more task forces. He considers whether civic leadership initiatives at the Foundation stifles emerging leadership outside the Foundation. He addresses whether the Foundation helps donors fund morally objectionable non-profit organizations. He responds to whether the Foundation is sensitive to public criticism. Michael shares where he grew up and how his parents would have described him. He talks about wearing blue jeans and what that might say about him. He reveals how his time at Duke shaped him and what catapulted his career. He discusses his sense of insecurity and how that shapes his leadership approach. Michael reflects on his time at the Arts & Sciences Council and whether the arts became more institutional under his watch. He answers how he feels being listed as the most powerful person in Charlotte. He identifies the challenge of hiring the next president of the Foundation. Michael shares what he values most. Mark Peres adds a personal word that begins this way, "Before my conversation with Michael for this podcast, I've had one or two discussions with Michael over the years and not for very long..." To learn more, visit On Life and Meaning  

1hr 1min

21 Mar 2018

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Episode 41: Michael Marsicano

Podcast – What Brings us Together

Mike Marsicano has been one of my best friends for the better part of 20 years. He is witty, a real charmer and has turned me on to more of the music that has defined who I am than almost anyone else. He also happens to be an incredibly talented artist. The day that he … Continue reading →

12 Nov 2013