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Stories From The Spend Down Journey

Posted on April 20, 2021 by Jeffrey M. Glebocki

Courtesy of Elena Rabkina on Unsplash To be or not to be?  More accurately, to spend down or to remain in perpetuity? Much has been written about the pros and cons of this existential inquiry in philanthropy. This article shares practical observations from the field about the strategies, tactics, and approaches that limited life foundations have used and guiding questions… Read More
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Takeaways Blog on Effective Governance: Principles, Policies, and Practices

Posted on April 19, 2021 by Jen Crino

Courtesy of Leon on Unsplash Family philanthropy is rooted in the act of collective decision making—one that is often codified in a formal governance structure. Governance consists of three elements—principles, policies, and practices—that define who makes decisions and how decisions are made. Families that are intentional about developing a governance framework are better prepared for decision making and can work… Read More
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Using Strategic Planning to Foster Collaborative Community Social Impact

Posted on April 14, 2021 by Christine Koehn

Courtesy of Leah Kelley from Pexels While COVID has brought to the forefront the challenges that students face with getting a quality education, many students have struggled to get the supports they need to succeed in school for years. As the executive director of a family foundation focused on supporting efforts that promote educational, career, and life success, I have… Read More
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The Purpose and Power of Family Governance

Posted on April 6, 2021 by Patricia Angus

Courtesy of Tiger Lily from Pexels This blog post is excerpted from the upcoming Passages Issues Brief: Enhancing Your Family Philanthropy with The Family Governance Pyramid. For more information about family governance, please register for our Effective Governance: Principles, Policies, and Practices webinar on April 8, 2021. Over the past few decades, practitioners and academics from various disciplines have been… Read More
Friends Focus

April 2021: News and Notes from NCFP’s Friends of the Family Network

Posted on April 6, 2021

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, Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, Hewlett Foundation, JF Maddox Foundation, and San Francisco Foundation. Are you a current Friend or Leadership Circle member of NCFP with an update or good news about your foundation that… Read More
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Family Philanthropy Speaks: A Conversation with Kimberly Myers Hewlett

Posted on April 6, 2021 by Nicholas A. Tedesco, Kimberly Myers Hewlett

Kimberly Myers Hewlett is steeped in philanthropy and brings a variety of perspectives and experiences to her work. She is president of the Myers Family Foundation, a director of the Flora Family Foundation, and chair of the NCFP board. She is also the senior vice president for donor engagement at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. In this Family Philanthropy Speaks… Read More
Voices from the Field

Going Beyond the Private Foundation: An Exploration of Vehicles

Posted on April 1, 2021 by Jen Crino

Courtesy of Pixbay on Pexels Donors have an array of options when it comes to selecting a giving vehicle(s). Vehicles offer a range of tools, decision-making structures, and approaches to achieve impact. While philanthropy traditionally showed up as grantmaking through two main entities, the private foundation and the donor-advised fund, a number of alternate and uniquely impactful vehicles have gained… Read More
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Meeting Makeovers: Time to Reflect and Review

Posted on March 30, 2021 by Nancy Murphy

Courtesy of Dylan Gillis on Unsplash In this new series, Meeting Makeovers, board development expert and founder of CSR Communications, Nancy Murphy, highlights a different meeting challenge each quarter and offers a makeover solution. See the first blog post here. Problem Area: Failing to “look in the mirror.” Makeover Solution: Institute a regular meeting evaluation using a consistent format. For many… Read More
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Leaning Into Fundamental And Unexpected Shifts In Our Relational Reparations Sisterhood [Part 3]

Posted on March 24, 2021 by June Wilson

Photo via Freepik This article was originally published by Giving Compass and is re-posted here with permission. This is part two in a four-part series. Read part one here and part two here. “The most important journey you will ever take is from your head to your heart.”  —Anonymous When our group of 13 women came together in 2019 to imagine a future where affluent individuals… Read More
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Looking Inward: How We Clarified Our Values and Vision

Posted on March 17, 2021 by Jaimie Mayer

Courtesy of Pixabay This letter was originally published by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and is re-posted here with permission. Jaimie Mayer is a co-chair of NCFP’s new Board Chair Peer Network. If you are interesting in joining, please sign up here. In Alicia Garza’s new book, The Purpose of Power, she writes: “Before we can know where we’re going…we need to know where… Read More

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