The Hewlett Foundation Program Officer Term Limits

Posted by Helena Choi on October 12, 2017

The Hewlett Foundation is pretty unique among foundations to set term limits for program staff. Many worry this system creates uncertainty for grantees or loss of institutional knowledge. But I’m convinced that term limits are absolutely great for everyone involved: the person leaving, the foundation, the grantees, and the broader field

Adaptive Leadership as a Reflective Practice

Posted by Caroline Williamson and Jan Jaffe on October 10, 2017

I wanted to explore whether philanthropy practitioners have used adaptive leadership, the framework developed by Dr. Ronald Heifetz and colleagues at Harvard’s Kennedy School, as a form of reflective practice. Those programs are funded by the B. Robert Williamson Jr. Foundation. I wanted to learn how this foundation came to support a form of reflective practice as capacity building, and that’s how I began my conversation with the foundation’s Executive Director, Caroline Williamson.

Finding the Slack: Millennials, Family Wealth, and Philanthropy

Posted by Katy Rees on October 6, 2017

As we continue to navigate the generational differences that face our society, I encourage you to explore a few insights from a millennial embracing her family’s wealth through philanthropy.

Resolution & Transformation

Posted by Robins Foundation on October 4, 2017

At Robins Foundation, our board and staff aspires to connect equity with transformational change for children and families across our region. We are reflecting on opportunities in our own organization. This includes our governance, our management and our process of funding. This includes raising our awareness and deeper understanding of the past and its influence on dialogues locally and beyond.

A Peek Into Impact Investing for Foundations

Posted by Stephanie Cohn-Rupp on September 29, 2017

We are seeing more family foundations committing their assets (both endowment and “payout”) to impact investing, regardless of asset size. The reasons are multiple and depend on the family, but we are starting to notice some trends.

7 Tips for Reaching the Next Generation to Give

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on September 29, 2017

Every family that is involved in philanthropy hopes to raise children who are generous, not kids who grow up with a sense of entitlement. Regardless of whether you want them to carry on the family’s philanthropy someday, you still want to raise them to be caring adults who will have fulfilling lives with a sense of purpose. Here are seven ways you can help coach your children or grandchildren on how to be generous.

Nurturing Relationships with Transparency

Posted by Richard Russell and Richard Woo on September 28, 2017

Transparency is a powerful force when used appropriately. The trick is deciding what is “appropriate” across a wide range of contacts and interactions. In our prior blog posts, we shared our experience cultivating transparency through the lens of finding balance and sharing knowledge. This time around, we want to concentrate on ways to harness transparency for mutual benefit.

6 Ways Family Foundations Can Make A Difference in Immigrant and Refugee Lives

Posted by Naomi Polin on September 27, 2017

With all the changes in the political climate over the past year, I’ve been especially concerned for immigrants and refugees. Many families in my city and community have been affected by the new executive orders and administrative actions, and I’ve read stories about many others across the country that are at risk.

Four Steps to Greater Impact for Your Family Foundation

Posted by Beth Suarez on September 26, 2017

We recognize the vital role foundations of all types play in philanthropy, and we embrace the diversity that exists across the foundation community. However, we also see how inconsistent grantmaking practices can place a burden on grantseekers and affect the impact of both foundations and the nonprofits they fund.

Set a New Table, Create a “Safe Zone” for Effective Family Philanthropy

Posted by Bruce DeBoskey on September 21, 2017

Multigenerational family philanthropy creates a unique opportunity for every family to set a new table so that all adult and young adult family members are invited to sit, share, develop and act upon common values and goals around money and philanthropy.

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