New @ the National Center: December 2010

E-Newsletter Blurb, December 2010 Family Giving News

Featured this month are events in our Family Philanthropy Teleconference series, along with other exciting events in the field of family philanthropy… including the first-ever Family Foundation CEO Symposium on March 23-24 in Washington, DC!

Family Philanthropy Teleconferences

We've got a diverse and exciting line-up of Family Philanthropy Teleconferences coming up. See below for details...

January 13: Aging America and Why it Matters to your Mission: Aging influences nearly every aspect of our communities and nation. Regardless of your funding interests, older adults are increasingly relevant to your work. This timely call featuring Carol Farquhar from Grantmakers in Aging and a family foundation active in this field will provide suggestions for emerging strategies for turning America's aging population into a powerful asset, and will provide you with an essential new lens for your grantmaking.

February 10th: Balancing Data and Desire: The Science and Art of Family Giving: The drive for better data, metrics, and measurement is increasingly looked to as the Holy Grail for philanthropists interested in maximizing the effectiveness of their giving. But the values, ethics, and personal beliefs of families and donors - as well as existing relationships, family dynamics, local commitments, and commitments to particular causes or issues - also play a key role in how a family's philanthropic investments are made. Featuring Cynthia Gibson, Senior Vice President, The Philanthropic Initiative and William M. Dietel, Senior Partner at Dietel Partners and Trustee, F. B. Heron Fund.

March 10th: Intuitive Grantmaking: Trust and Instinct in Family Philanthropy: Featuring a conversation with Kathleen Odne, Executive Director, Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation and Chet Tchozewski, President Emeritus, Global Greengrants Fund.

April 14th: Project Streamline: Project Streamline is a collaborative effort of grantmakers and grantseekers working to improve grant application and reporting practices. This Teleconference will feature an overview of the tremendous importance and potential of this new initiative for family giving programs from Kathy Reich, Program Officer, David and Lucile Packard Foundation and Jessica Bearman, Principal, Bearman Consulting. 

 Additional Events

March 10-11 (Chicago) Women Worldwide Leading through Philanthropy 2011:Today women around the world are accelerating change through philanthropy. Join donors, practitioners, and scholars in Chicago, IL March 10-11, 2011 to examine and to be inspired by women's global philanthropy in the 21st century. Explore why and how women are engaged in philanthropy on six continents. Examine how they lead and collaborate at home and across borders. Add your voice to the conversation and celebrate the power of possibility when women connect to philanthropy around the globe.

March 23-24 (Washington, DC) Family Foundation CEO Symposium: Planning for the first-ever National Symposium on the role of family foundation CEOs is underway. This symposium is a central component of the National Center's new Family Foundation CEO Initiative, which will assist the National Center in developing a blueprint for use by foundation leaders, including trustees, to maximize board-staff relationships, address professional development needs, and plan for transitions to new leaders in family philanthropy.

April 27-28 (Madison, WI) Building Civil Society Through Family Foundations: Next Generation Contributions: The National Symposium begins at noon on Wednesday, April 27 and concludes by noon on Thursday, April 28. The National Symposium features a keynote address by Virginia M. Esposito, president of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and is chaired by Julie Bender Silver and David Silver of The Bender Foundation, Inc. of Washington, D.C. 

March 23-24 (Washington, DC) Family Foundation CEO Symposium: Planning for the first-ever National Symposium on the role of family foundation CEOs is underway. This symposium is a central component of the National Center's new Family Foundation CEO Initiative, which will assist the National Center in developing a blueprint for use by foundation leaders, including trustees, to maximize board-staff relationships, address professional development needs, and plan for transitions to new leaders in family philanthropy.

Items of Note – At the Center and in the Field

National Center Announces New Friends Recognition Fund:  The Springs Close Foundation recently celebrated the 85th birthday of Anne Springs Close, chair of the foundation, with a special gift in her name to a new fund at the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Close is the first to be recognized in this new fund, recently established by our Friends of the Family Advisory Committee.  Those wishing to honor a donor, family member, trustee, or a philanthropic family are invited to make a gift to the National Center in their name.  We will be archiving the stories of the honorees, featuring them in our Knowledge Center, Family Giving News and our other resources (and if you missed it, be sure to read Ginny Esposito's tribute to Ms. Close in this month's issue!).

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Joins NCFP as Exclusive Partner for 2011 National CEO Symposium: The National Center is pleased to announce that our exclusive partner for the first-ever Family Foundation CEO Symposium will be Bank of America Merrill Lynch. We invite you to stay tuned for upcoming announcements about this exciting event! For more information about Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Philanthropic Management group, please visit: https://www.bankofamerica.com/philanthropic.

Family Philanthropy Online Video Tutorials Now Available: The Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center is a searchable and regularly updated collection of more than 1,200 articles, case studies, profiles, presentations, reports, sample policies and discussion papers related to family philanthropy. This two-part video tutorial provides a brief overview of the FP Online service. Part I provides basic instructions for searching the knowledge center; Part II outlines several new features and customized search tools available within Family Philanthropy Online. The two five-minute videos are available here.

The Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence: In 2011, The Eisner Foundation in Los Angeles will award the inaugural Eisner Prize. The Foundation is currently soliciting nominations of individuals or non-profit organizations from all across the United States for this prestigious honor. The Eisner Prize is a cash award of $100,000 and is designed to recognize excellence by an individual or a non-profit organization in uniting multiple generations, especially seniors and youth, to bring about positive and lasting changes in their community. Read more about the prize, or to nominate a group or individual for The Eisner Prize, please click here for the form.

"A Discussion of Time Limited and In Perpetuity Charitable Giving Vehicles": This new video, produced by and made available for free by Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd., features a discussion between Strategic Planning President Betsy Brill and David Shoub, estate planning attorney of counsel to the law firm of Anthony J. Madonia & Associates, Ltd. Betsy and David explore donor intent, strategic vision and investment planning, and other topics.