Voices from the Field Posts

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.

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.

5 Things Funders Can Do to Address the Global Refugee Crisis

Posted by Regine A. Webster on January 19, 2017

As the world faces one of the largest refugee crises since World War II, understanding how to fund effective solutions has proven to be a difficult, complex task.

Trends in Philanthropy: Driven by Millennials

Posted by Jamie Forbes on January 17, 2017

The philanthropy landscape is shifting underneath us. The fact is that it is always shifting, to evolve as each generation reacts to and learns from what has worked and what hasn’t.

A Rockefeller Family Foundation Turns Over Some New Leaves

Posted by Lukas Haynes and Michael Quattrone on January 13, 2017

Over the past 18 months, the trustees and staff of the David Rockefeller Fund have embarked on a journey to engage a new generation of family trustees and reinvent a 25 year-old family foundation for a new century of philanthropic challenges.

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