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Next Gen Fellows Program

Posted on September 16, 2020 by Kerry McHugh

The Next Gen Fellows Program is a 3-week leadership development program for the next generation of foundation leaders. The fellowship is designed for current or soon-to-be trustees and staff roughly 18–35 years old. We are thrilled to host this virtual cohort as a collaboration between Exponent Philanthropy and the National Center for Family Philanthropy. In this program, you will: Be guided… Read More

The Canary Fund: Participatory Grantmaking at the David Rockefeller Fund

Posted on September 14, 2020 by David Rockefeller Fund

The following excerpt from Leading with Love and Gratitude: The David Rockefeller Fund at 30 shares the story of the DR Fund’s work and strategies seeking to address the long-term impact of penal system policies on people, families, and communities, featuring the participatory grantmaking approach of the Canary Fund. In 2016–17, Lukas Haynes established a path-breaking DR Fund fellowship program… Read More

Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking

Posted on August 24, 2020 by Cynthia Gibson

Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources Through Participatory Grantmaking looks at why and how funders are engaging in participatory grantmaking and shifting decision-making power to the very communities impacted by funding decisions. Through examples and insights from a diverse range of participatory grantmakers, the report explores the benefits, challenges, and models of participatory grantmaking… Read More

A Call to Action: Trustee Advocacy to Advance Opportunity for Black Communities in Philanthropy

Posted on August 24, 2020 by ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities

Black professionals’ opportunities to lead in foundations in senior positions and the pipeline for Black talent for the institution; Opportunities for Black professional services and vendors to do business with the philanthropic sector; and Expanded foundation funding in Black communities in ways that are effective and responsible to the issues impacting our lives. This Call to Action includes specific ways… Read More

All Peer Network: What’s the New Normal on Building a Budget?

Posted on August 14, 2020 by Michelle Knapik

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Whether you are in endowment protection mode or distribution stretch mode, constructing a 2021 foundation budget presents challenges and critical choice points. NCFP is hosting an informal peer conversation so CEOs, CFOs, accounting managers and related staff can share how they are thinking about balancing the dollars, values, social optics, and more. From practical matters such as approaches to 2021… Read More

Balancing Purpose, Payout, and Permanence

Posted on August 14, 2020 by Peter F. Bird, Jr., Liz Sak, George Suttles, Nicholas A. Tedesco, Tony Macklin

“How much should we spend?” It’s an essential question for all funders, and an especially complex one for endowed private foundations. The answer of “around 5%” was never universal as foundations sought creative means of ensuring that assets would serve mission rather than the other way around. In recent times, the pressure to revisit payout has increased. Endowed foundations have… Read More

The Future of Family Philanthropy: Positioning Families for Greatness

Posted on July 23, 2020 by Nicholas A. Tedesco

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Philanthropic families are expanding their impact, knowledge of the field, and becoming increasingly sophisticated in their giving. There is further demand for philanthropic guidance and resources as donors and their families leverage multiple philanthropic vehicles, engage the next generation, and look to increase their payout rates or even spend down. NCFP President and CEO Nick Tedesco has spent the last… Read More

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