Ask the Center Posts

How does the role of a family foundation chair differ from that of other non-profit entities?

Posted by Alice Buhl , Kelly Sweeney McShane and Virginia Esposito on April 22, 2015

This month we are delighted to feature a question recently asked in our April webinar, The critical role of the board chair in family philanthropy. This wide-ranging conversation on the critical role of the board chair in family philanthropy featured international family foundation experts Virginia Esposito and Alice Buhl along with two experienced and thoughtful family foundation leaders.

What are your tips for partnering with creative artists and filmmakers?

Posted by Ellen Friedman and Lisa Jaguzny on March 25, 2015

This month we are delighted to feature a question recently asked in our March webinar, Funding film to educate, engage and achieve social change. This webinar took a fascinating look at family foundations investing in films and social action campaigns to advance their mission and create positive social change.

Do you have event ideas for foundations and nonprofits to network with one another?

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on February 25, 2015

This month we are delighted to feature a question recently prompted by a Friend of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. We decided to take this question to our LinkedIn Family Philanthropy Network. If you are interested in a great additional support system for your family philanthropy, we suggest you join our LinkedIn network!

What are the rules for donors, family members, and staff of family foundations in terms of accepting tickets to events?

Posted by Andrew Schulz on January 29, 2015

This month we are pleased to feature answers to two of the many questions asked during our December 2014 webinar with Andrew Schulz of Arabella Advisors covering the topic of "What are the rules for donors, family members, and staff of family foundations in terms of accepting tickets to events?"

Should donors still be considering a contribution to help with the Ebola crisis?

Posted by Regine A. Webster and Anna R. Hurt on November 18, 2014

It’s easy to see, in recent weeks, the decline in media attention to Ebola, but the reality is that the Ebola virus outbreak is far from being a closed case. Since the outbreak gained steam, there have been more than 13,000 cases and nearly 5,000 deaths. Some reports have indicated that the number of...

What is mission investing and is it different from impact investing?

Posted by Mission Investors Exchange on October 17, 2014

Mission investments are made by foundations and other mission-based organizations to further their philanthropic goals. Mission investments (like impact investments) are intended and designed to generate both a measurable social or environmental benefit and a financial return.

What do we call our non-family board members?

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on September 18, 2014

Currently, we use the term “non-family” board member for board members who are not members of our founding family, but we would like to find another term for these individuals. What do you suggest? We agree that the default term non-family is not necessarily the most inspiring way to describe the...

How can my family foundation use real estate for tax-advantaged charitable giving?

Posted by Dennis Bidwell on August 18, 2014

Charities seek gifts of real estate because they have come to realize that, although more than 30% of the baby boomer wealth transfer that surrounds us is in real estate holdings, less than 3% of charitable giving is made through gifts of real estate. That means that much of the potential for donations to worthy causes is left untapped.

How do we prepare young adults for involvement in our family’s philanthropy?

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on July 29, 2014

There are many strategies for teaching young adults about family philanthropy, and preparing them to become involved. Here we share NCFP's special new slideshow providing several suggestions for families thinking about how to build and engage a new generation of philanthropic leadership.

Can you recommend a short video on family foundation board responsibilities?

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on June 22, 2014

As a matter of fact, we can! We're pleased to share our new video, "So you want to be a family foundation board member," created especially for teenagers and young adults in search of a quick and lighthearted introduction to the many responsibilities of being a family foundation board member:     Also...

Back to top