ON-Lion Letter
In September, Elizabeth Isele joined The Philanthropy Roundtable as director of its economic opportunity programs.  The Roundtable's Economic Opportunity Breakthrough Group, formerly known as "Helping People to Help Themselves," is dedicated to highlighting philanthropic strategies and solutions that increase economic opportunity for individuals and families who face adversity.

Isele will build on the Roundtable's economic opportunity programs by continuing to serve donors by linking them with resources, information, and people who can help them be more effective in their philanthropy.  "The Philanthropy Roundtable should be the catalyst to move the economic opportunity philanthropic sector from 'learning and sharing' to 'creating and advancing' the ways in which private resources can be used more effectively," according to Isele.

Specifically, the Roundtable's programs on economic opportunity focus on philanthropic strategies to:  encourage entrepreneurship and economic growth; encourage job training, placement and advancement, with a special emphasis on private-sector work; encourage ownership of assets; and foster personal responsibility and life skills that help people to help themselves.  While most of the Roundtable's work on economic opportunity focuses on the United States, its program also works on a limited basis to advance philanthropic strategies to encourage enterprise-based approaches to third-world development

Isele has extensive experience in philanthropy and social service nonprofits.  From 2003 to 2009, she was director of outreach and impact at the Great Bay Foundation For Social Entrepreneurship in Yarmouth, Maine.  From 1998 to 2003, she was founder and president of CyberSeniors.org, an award-winning nonprofit in Portland, Maine, that provided computer-literacy training to 28,000 senior citizens nationwide.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports The Philanthropy Roundtable, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
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