Donor Collaboratives: Maximizing Your Philanthropic Impact

Posted by Rachel Ogorek on February 22, 2017

NCFP’s 2015 Trends in Family Philanthropy study found that more than 90 percent of respondents cited the “impact of their giving” as the top motivation for their participation in family philanthropy. This same study found that just 45 percent of family foundations participate in efforts with other funders. If grant makers are interested in increasing the impact of their giving, they should give serious consideration to participating in a donor collaborative.

Extending the Invitation: Non-Family Junior Board Members

Posted by Sahar Afrakhan on February 16, 2017

My friends who’ve inherited philanthropy as part of their family life have an amazing opportunity, but there’s little effort to extend an invitation outward. If we can involve our youth, then what’s stopping us?

The Giving Pledge for the Rest of Us

Posted by Bruce DeBoskey on February 13, 2017

The Giving Pledge has been successful in encouraging philanthropy among the ultra-wealthy. However, this good idea should not be restricted to billionaires. Each of us can make a personal, achievable pledge to receive less — and give and do more to help address society’s urgent problems.

Mission Engagement with the “Other 95 Percent”

Posted by David Farren on February 9, 2017

With help from our advisors and grantees, we will continue to explore how we can maximize strategic deployment of the Foundation’s resources to support healthy ecosystems and sustainable, vibrant communities.

From Paris With Love: A Reminder for Family Philanthropists

Posted by Yvonne L. Moore on February 6, 2017

Reflecting on bits of wisdom to ground what will be my eighteenth year in the philanthropic sector, I didn’t want to defer to words such as strategy, impact, risk, and collaboration, which frame most conversations in our workplaces.

Why Your Board Chair Needs a Job Description

Posted by Virginia Esposito on February 2, 2017

Successful family foundation board chairs are able to both drive action and manage egos — and are often the difference between a foundation deftly navigating challenging situations and being tripped up by them.

Exhibit in Review: Giving in America

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on February 1, 2017

Last December, NCFP’s staff ventured out to explore the Giving in America exhibit at the Smithsonian National American History Museum in Washington, D.C. Here are our takeaways.

News and notes from NCFP's Friends of the Family network

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on February 1, 2017

Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from The Wilson Foundation; Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; The Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation; The McKnight Foundation; William G. McGowan Charitable Fund; and J.M. Kaplan Fund.

LLC vs. Foundation: Which is the Better Option for Philanthropists?

Posted by Susanna Poon on January 26, 2017

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative LLC raised the question about why some philanthropists choose a limited liability company (“LLC”) instead of a private non-operating foundation (“foundation”) to carry out their mission.

For Sunsetting Foundations, a Limited Life but a Perpetual Contribution

Posted by Fred Smith on January 23, 2017

I have been talking with families and executives lately about the growing number of private foundations deciding to “sunset” after a predetermined number of years. The primary reason for this is the concern about the mission and values of the foundation shifting away over time from the original intent of the donor.

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