April 2024: News and Notes from NCFP’s Members and Partners

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NCFP strives to connect its members to resources, best practices, and to peer funders. Network News highlights updates from our members and partners, showcacsing accomplishments, new approaches or giving areas, innovative ideas, and staff and board transitions, and more. 

We encourage our members and parters to email us with news that you would like to be shared.

Dilnaz Waraich and the WF Fund Launch Inspired Generosity

As a part of her NCFP fellowship, Dilnaz Waraich is seeking stories of generosity from the Muslim American community. Share your story by May 1.

The Russell Family Foundation (TRFF) Welcomes New Board and Committee Members After an Open Application Process

Evlyn Andrade and Rashad Morris joined the TRFF Board of Directors and Ariana Muirow and Brandon Parsons joined the foundation’s grants committee. “The Foundation used an open call approach to filling the positions to encourage a diverse pool of applicants and increase transparency throughout the process,” says TRFF.

Kara Inae Carlisle Speaks to NBC about the Ford Family Foundation

Ford Family Foundation President and CEO Kara Carlisle discusses her new role, how’s she building relationships in rural communities, and what the future of the foundation entails.

Walton Family Foundation Reconsiders its Approach to Evaluation

The Walton Family Foundation (WFF) is changing the way it masures its impact. WFF leaders outline the flaws in overreliance on data and how making knowledge-based decisions rather than purely data-driven decisions can paint a more nuanced picture of impact.

The Walder Family Foundation Remembers its Late Co-founder, Dr. Joseph Walder

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Joseph Walder. “Dr. Walder was known as much for his cutting-edge science and business acumen as for his boundless generosity within the Orthodox Jewish community in Chicagoland and beyond,” says the foundation.

Three Funders Discuss the Collaborative Benefits of Sharing Office Space

In a post from GivingData, the R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation, the Sartain Lanier Foundation, and the Tull Charitable Foundation discuss the benefits of sharing office space and the ways the foundations have been able to collaborate. As foundations with few staff members, the collaboration has been invaluable.

Philanthropy News Outlets Cover NCFP Fellow Erin Borla’s Funding Rural Podcast

As a part of her NCFP fellowship, Roundhouse Foundation trustee and executive director Erin Borla has launched the Funding Rural podcast. The Chronicle of Philanthropy explores how Erin’s work helps to bridge the rural-urban divide and Inside Philanthropy highlights the power of Borla’s storytelling.