Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from The Ruderman Family Foundation; The Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation; and The Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund. Also included is a link to our complete list of current NCFP Friends and Leadership Circle members. Are you a current Friend or Leadership Circle member of the National Center and have an update or 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 here.
Not yet forty, Katherine Lorenz has been active in the social sector since her early twenties, notably as co-founder of Puente a la Salud Comunitaria, a nonprofit organization working to advance food sovereignty in rural Mexico. For most of her career, Lorenz thought of herself as a grantseeker rather than as the person who would end up heading the Cynthia & George Mitchell Family Foundation established by her grandfather. However, a stint as deputy director of the Institute for Philanthropy which later merged with the Philanthropy Workshop, where she serves as chair convinced her that her nonprofit experience could be valuable to the Texas-based foundation. Elected president of the foundation in 2011 and named "One to Watch" by Forbesin 2012, Lorenz has become a respected speaker on topics related to environmental sustainability, NextGen philanthropy, and nonprofit leadership and has helped guide the foundation's emergence on the national stage as it waits for a final, significant infusion of funds from her grandfather's estate.
Three years ago, the Haas, Jr. Fund joined with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services to produce a study, UnderDeveloped, documenting the chronic fundraising challenges facing today’s nonprofits. One possible path to addressing these challenges, the report suggested, is for nonprofit leaders to foster and develop a “culture of philanthropy” in their organizations. Even as we made this recommendation, we acknowledged that the term “culture of philanthropy” was not yet well understood across the sector. That’s why we recently asked Cynthia Gibson to look into exactly what the field means when we talk about such a culture.
Ruderman Family Foundation
Diversity and inclusion for individuals with disabilities
Youth Philanthropy Connect Conference
The Hilton Foundation's success in combatting Homelessness
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