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Family Philanthropy Speaks: A Conversation with Dimple Abichandani and Robin Snidow

Dimple Abichandani, Executive Director of the General Service Foundation (GSF), works closely with the foundation’s chair, Robin Snidow. In this Family Philanthropy Speaks episode, the pair talk with NCFP President and CEO Nick Tedesco about their philanthropic journeys, GSF’s spending policy and values-aligned practices, and how they’ve fostered a meaningful relationship with one another.  About the Series Philanthropy is…
Posted on October 15, 2021 by Nicholas A. Tedesco, Dimple Abichandani, Robin Snidow

Takeaways Blog on Scaling For Success

This blog summarizes key notes from our September Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy Webinar. Giving families often reach a point where they grow their giving; however, it is often challenging to understand the practices that promote success. How do you develop an effective strategy and systems as your philanthropy expands? When does a philanthropic effort require staff and what are the…
Posted on October 14, 2021 by Jen Crino

The Value of Problem Solving With Peers

When I started as the first executive director of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, the National Center for Family Philanthropy was one of the first groups I was introduced to by my board lead at that time, Julie Fisher Cummings. Feeling welcomed by this organization and its leaders, I benefited from listening to those who had done…
Posted on October 8, 2021 by Doug Bitonti Stewart

Ginny’s Governance Checklist Part 3: Composing Your Board Eligibility, Size, Selection, and Terms

The Governance Checklist blog series is a practical guide to building and maintaining the best possible family foundation board. Framed around a series of questions, the Checklist can guide a discussion about the founding of a new board or a healthy, and well-advised, reconsideration of your board’s development and effectiveness. The first installment focused on the principles that inspire and…
Posted on October 5, 2021 by Virginia M. Esposito

October 2021: News and Notes from NCFP’s Friends of the Family Network

Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their work. This month features updates from the Bainum Family Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Delaplaine Foundation, General Service Foundation, Haas Jr. Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Libra Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Nord Family Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Robins Foundation, and Walton Family Foundation…
Posted on October 5, 2021