Arriving at 100 Percent for Mission. Now What?

Posted by Clara Miller on April 16, 2019

Our mission at the Heron Foundation is to help people and communities help themselves out of poverty. Back in 2012, we... decided to invest 100 percent of our endowment towards fulfilling our mission, by fiscal year end 2017… We achieved that goal on December 21, 2016. Now, shouldn’t we be relaxing a bit? Well, of course not.

Our Favorite Foundation Board Meeting Traditions

Posted by Prentice Zinn on April 10, 2019

Familiar opening and closing traditions can foster better board meetings. Traditions are an important ingredient of a healthy organizational culture. Our favorite foundation meetings balance the often hurried and transactional work of governance with small traditions at each board meeting. Traditions promote a sense of identity and connection.

Measuring Nonprofit Outcomes and Progress: What Data Should You Collect?

Posted by Bernadette Wright on April 8, 2019

How do you decide what data to collect to track your outcomes and progress? Bernadette Wright gives practical tips for nonprofits to collect data that will measure their outcomes—advice that is completely applicable to giving families measuring their philanthropic impact.

Be the Architect of Your Family's Story

Posted by Bill Leighty, Jen Crino and Hiba Seager on April 4, 2019

NCFP recently spoke with Bill Leighty about how he’s helped keep the Leighty Foundation’s memories alive by recording its history. While many foundations use external production companies, Bill created his family’s legacy videos himself—using his own technological know-how, video equipment, and dedication. Learn how you can capture your family's story!

Courage and Commitment: Our Personal Journeys for Racial Equity

Posted by Mary Mountcastle , Kelly D. Nowlin and June Wilson on April 2, 2019

As NCFP’s 2020 Class of Fellows, we’ve been sitting down and doing a lot of listening. Not the kind of listening you do at a plenary session or on a webinar. The kind of listening that requires some courage. Welcome to three women’s journeys around racial equity in the field of family philanthropy.

News and Notes from NCFP's Friends of the Family Network

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on March 29, 2019

Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation; Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation; Collins Foundation and others.

Building an Economy for All: How Philanthropic Families Can Help

Posted by Kate McAdams and Cyrus Kharas on March 27, 2019

Providing equitable access to the capital entrepreneurs need to build their businesses is essential to creating a just society and to realizing our full economic potential. Unfortunately, a growing body of research shows that deeply embedded biases currently restrict access to capital for businesses led by women and people of color.

Trends 2020: An Invitation from Ellie Frey Zagel

Posted by Ellie Frey Zagel on March 19, 2019

This year, Ellie Frey Zagel is chairing the committee dedicated to producing Trends 2020, a follow-up to the 2015 survey. Trends 2020 includes new questions relevant to ongoing changes in the field including issues of equity, place-based giving, transparency, the role of the donor, and the question of spend down versus perpetuity.

Archiving and Preserving Your Family Legacy

Posted by Wil Weldon on March 18, 2019

We’ve recognized that many families have boxes full of old tapes, film reels, paper photographs, certificates, and letters, which tell the stories of our lives. Wil Weldon of Storied Legacy gives practical tips for family that want to preserve their legacies, but don't know where to start.

Amy’s Story: Using Privilege to Promote Equity

Posted by Amy Mandel on March 15, 2019

Amy Mandel of the Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund shares how her experiences have shaped her giving and how pausing to reflect on your philanthropic and programmatic offerings can be extremely rewarding. Amy's parents, Barbara and Mort Mandel, directed funds for their children to use philanthropically.

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