Voices from the Field

Responding Quickly and Effectively in Times of Disaster: Preparation and Partnerships are Critical

Posted on November 30, 2022 by Brooks Reed

At CAF America, we support donors who want to build long-term partnerships with local organizations and create meaningful impact, anywhere in the world. This model is particularly relevant when communities we grant to are impacted by natural disasters, political crises, or other emergencies. After responding to the many global emergencies that have occurred over the past few years—from wildfires in… Read More
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Embracing a More Holistic Approach for Greater Impact

Posted on November 21, 2022 by Liz Dozier

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In 2015, I stepped away from the field of education and dove into the world of philanthropy. Previously, I had been principal of Fenger High School on Chicago’s South Side. My experience with funders had been exclusively on the receiving end; my team at Fenger and I worked hard to secure financial resources that would allow us to support our… Read More

The Work of a Lifetime: Reparative Philanthropy, Relationships, Healing, and Joy

Posted on November 16, 2022 by Miki Akimoto

Editors note: These reflections are rooted in a discussion called, Reparations: The Opportunity for Family Philanthropy to Advance Healing and Repair at the 2022 National Forum on Family Philanthropy. Money saves lives. This is a stark reality that underpins the inequities of our society and history. In the 1930s, Alan Preston’s parents, German Jews, were able to escape Nazi Germany… Read More
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Passing the Torch: A Family Foundation Empowers Dozens of Young Philanthropists

Posted on November 14, 2022 by Ade Adeniji, Inside Philanthropy

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. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Newport Beach, California, Tarsadia Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that provide educational opportunities for the underserved, support health and wellbeing of the… Read More
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November 2022: News and Notes from NCFP’s Friends of the Family Network

Posted on November 9, 2022

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Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their work. Are you a current Friend or Leadership Circle member of NCFP with an update or good news about your foundation that you would like to share with Family Giving News readers? Please email us. Interested in learning more about the families involved in NCFP’s Friends of the Family network? Go… Read More
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Legacy is not Synonymous with Complacency

Posted on November 3, 2022 by Allison Magee

“Why do we have to change?” This was the question posed to me by my board chair last year while the Zellerbach Family Foundation (ZFF) was in the depths of its first ever strategic planning process. It was a fair question. For over 65 years, ZFF has sought to serve as a catalyst for constructive social change; our work throughout… Read More

How and Now Matter: Reflections from the 2022 National Forum on Family Philanthropy

Posted on November 2, 2022 by Nicholas A. Tedesco

Every two years the family philanthropy community gathers for reflection and inspiration at the National Forum for Family Philanthropy. San Francisco hosted our latest summit a few short weeks ago—marking the 25th anniversary of the organization and the first in-person event since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event brought into focus the moment of shift we are experiencing… Read More
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Listening, Learning, and Leading Across Generations of Family Philanthropy

Posted on October 27, 2022 by Caryl M. Stern

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The Walton Family Foundation is committed to redefining collaboration to have greater impact in the communities it serves. New insights from Generation Z are helping chart a course forward. Sam Walton believed “great ideas come from everywhere if you just listen and look for them.” Look and listen. These actions are at the core of how we learn, opening the… Read More
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Learning from the History of Philanthropy in the San Francisco Bay Area

Posted on October 19, 2022 by Micah McElroy

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The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most prosperous places in the United States, home to technological giants, entrepreneurial universities, and cities where more billionaires per capita reside than almost anywhere else in the world. But the Bay Area is also one of the nation’s most economically unequal places, marked by widening income inequality and under-resourced nonprofits. Alarmed… Read More
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Philanthropy’s Response to Inflation: Bolstering Our Grantees During Challenging Times

Posted on October 13, 2022 by Stacey Faella

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Many of us are familiar with the tension between the needs of nonprofits and the giving levels of foundations during economic downturns. At a moment when many nonprofits seek to address increasing challenges in their communities, foundations’ endowments decrease in value, leaving many funders with hard decisions to make about decreasing, increasing, or maintaining grant budgets at previous levels. This… Read More