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I am Family Philanthropy: Maya Patel

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on September 13, 2016

Maya Patel, President of The Tarsadia Foundation, reflects on how philanthropy has brought her family closer together through a variety of domestic and international site visits and volunteer opportunities.

Is there a database for donors to find great grants/nonprofits to fund?

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on August 4, 2016

Every year, our family foundation considers new causes and grantees to support. Since the foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, the foundation staff would like to know if there is a database or another resource that captures great grantseeker requests for funding. To our knowledge there...

Should our foundation communicate externally that we are going to spend out?

Our foundation has made the decision to spend out in roughly 20 years. We have been transparent about this decision with current staff. Are there critical reasons not to communicate this externally at this point?  "I believe it is to your foundation’s benefit to be clear that you intend to spend out...

National Center for Family Philanthropy names four new members to board of directors

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on May 24, 2016

The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to its Board of Directors.

Adding non-family board members: Q&A with Penelope McPhee of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on February 2, 2016

When the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation added four non-family members to its board, it wanted to bring new perspectives into its meetings, while also promoting the integrity and values of the family and the foundation.

I am Family Philanthropy: Katherine Lorenz

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on February 2, 2016

Katherine Lorenz, President of the The Cynthia & George Mitchell Family Foundation and NCFP Fellow and board member, reflects on how philanthropy has brought together multiple generations of her family. Katherine shares how the Cook's Branch Conservancy in Piney Woods, TX promotes local and regional conservation ethics and demonstrates the resilience of nature in perpetuity.

Six family philanthropy trends to watch in 2016

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on January 7, 2016

2015 was a remarkable year for family philanthropy. It brought the release of landmark new research on our field, new investments in programs that address many of our world’s most pressing challenges, and a spirit of optimism and cooperation that inspires unprecedented collaboration and progress. As we get back to work after the holidays, we’re looking ahead to another exciting year in 2016. Here are six things you can expect to see in the next 12 months that will impact your work...

Happy Birthday: Celebrating 100 years of family philanthropy

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on January 6, 2016

Family philanthropy has been at the core of America’s giving landscape for more than 100 years. Many of the family foundations, community foundations, and other philanthropic institutions established by giving families in the first half of the 20th century continue to play important roles in the communities and causes they serve. In this month’s issue of Family Giving News, we are pleased to start a new annual tradition at NCFP of celebrating significant birthday milestones reached by family and community foundations in the field.

Can you suggest books for sharing the joy and potential of giving with younger family members?

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on December 21, 2015

As NCFP prepares to close for a few days of end-of-the-year celebration and giving of thanks with Friends and Family, we're pleased to share a collection of some of our favorite books for sharing the joy and potential of giving with younger family member, including the new "Hip Family's Guide for Happier Holidays" by NCFP Board member Lisa Parker, president of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation.

Sticking the landing: A growing trend toward spending out

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on December 2, 2015

For much of the 20th century, the vast majority of U.S. foundations operated under the assumption that they would be in business forever. However, as a new generation of family philanthropists take over — and families contemplate just how long forever actually lasts — a growing number are deciding that they would rather spend down their assets during a set period of time than manage their endowments in perpetuity.

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