Blog | From NCFP

Demystifying the Hidden Figure of ‘Effectiveness’

May 17, 2022 | Nicholas A. Tedesco
In philanthropy, effectiveness is our north star—it is the bar we measure ourselves against and the standard we strive to uphold. But what exactly does it mean to “successfully achieve an intended result” or “fulfill a specified function,” particularly when our structures, practices, and beliefs are called into question? What does it mean to be effective not just as funders, Read More
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Cathy Cha, Kimberly Myers Hewlett, and Allison Magee are co-chairs of the 2022 Forum advisory committees. Two-plus years into a global pandemic, urgent discussions about climate change, and a long-overdue reckoning with racial inequities are transforming our social norms and society overall. We invite you to embrace family philanthropy’s role as a lever for change and join us in person Read More
Blog | Friends Focus

May 2022: News and Notes from NCFP’s Friends of the Family Network

May 4, 2022
Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their work. This month features updates from the Walter & Elise Hass Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Wege Foundation, and Winston Family Foundation. Are you a current Friend or Leadership Circle member of NCFP with an update or good news about your Read More
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Takeaways Blog on Governance Practices for Better Decision Making

April 29, 2022 | Daria Teutonico
This blog summarizes key notes from our April Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy webinar. Governance practices of philanthropic families are evolving to include more diverse voices and perspectives. Two common pathways that giving families are using to become more informed about the communities they partner with are creating an expert or community advisory committee to guide social impact strategies and decisions, and Read More
Blog | Voices from the Field

How the Family Behind a Sportswear Behemoth Is Expanding Its Philanthropy for Rural Communities

April 28, 2022 | Ade Adeniji
Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series on the many forms of family philanthropy, in partnership with the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and produced by Inside Philanthropy’s editorial team. In 1937, Paul Lamfrom fled Nazi Germany and later founded Columbia Hat Company, a modest hat manufacturer in Portland, Oregon. When Paul passed away, the company’s reins Read More
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Pluralism in Family Philanthropy: Navigating Tensions and Bridging Divides for Impact

April 20, 2022 | Daria Teutonico
In an increasingly divisive society, people are facing complex, challenging dialogues around politics, ethics, and social issues, struggling to manage perspectives across the political aisle and facilitate healthy discourse with multiple viewpoints. What is taking place on a macro scale is mirrored within individual families—difficult conversations, distinct political and cultural divides, and in many cases gridlock or an inability to Read More
Blog | Voices from the Field

So You Want to Do a Participatory Strategy?

April 18, 2022 | Rachel Stephenson Sheff
This article was originally published by Alliance and is re-posted here with permission. Love the intention—but let’s make sure you get it right. These days, the word ‘participation’—or rather, its sophisticated cousin ‘participatory‘—is tossed around the social impact space like the word ‘organic’ in a hipster grocery store. Everyone wants to do a participatory process because they understand why it’s a smart Read More
Blog | Friends Focus

April 2022: News and Notes from NCFP’s Friends of the Family Network

April 6, 2022
Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their work. This month features updates from the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Charles F. Kettering Foundation, McKnight Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Robins Foundation, and Surdna Foundation. Are you a current Friend or Leadership Circle member of NCFP with an update or good news about your Read More
Blog | Voices from the Field

Kitchen Table Philanthropy in the Time of Ramadan

April 4, 2022 | Dilnaz Waraich
This April, Muslims around the world are observing the holiday of Ramadan—a month-long period of fasting from dawn to sundown, and of thinking of others, and of giving back. Philanthropy is deeply rooted in the Muslim faith, as well as my own. When I was a child, the month before Ramadan, my immigrant parents would sit at the kitchen table Read More
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Takeaways Blog on Reducing the Administrative Burden through Fiscal Sponsorship

March 31, 2022 | Jen Crino
This blog summarizes key notes from our March Fundamentals of Family Philanthropy webinar. Management, operations, and administration are often barriers to scaling impact, and many donors opt to utilize vehicles that reduce these burdens and offer more legal, financial, and operational support. Fiscal sponsorships and other outsourced service providers are common choices for families, and provide their own specific set Read More