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Encouraging young philanthropists, part one

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on December 15, 2007

The holidays are a time of celebration, sharing, and enjoying the company of family and friends. They’re also a time of advertising, doorbuster sales, and conspicuous consumption. For families concerned about raising charitable children, the holidays can represent a challenge as well as a great...

Creating an effective grant agreement

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on November 15, 2007

For most of its fifty-year history, the Dyson Foundation didn’t use grant agreements. The Millbrook, New York-based family foundation was concerned the contract-like letters of agreement between grantmaker and grantee would make the foundation too formal and bureaucratic. “We started using them some...

Donor-advised funds: Tools for giving families

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on October 15, 2007

Wanted: Tax-Advantageous, Convenient, Flexible Way to Give Back. Giving Family Seeks Way to Make Difference Privately. Must Love Children. Families looking for less time-consuming but still informed and effective ways to give back are increasingly turning to donor-advised funds, either exclusively or...

Telling your family's story

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on September 15, 2007

Family philanthropies are intimately connected with the past that shapes them. As stewards of both a public trust and a family legacy, philanthropic families are constantly drawing on their history for wisdom, energy, and focus. That’s why growing numbers of families are recording their stories to...

Privacy and publicity: First steps in creating a communications strategy

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on July 15, 2007

Family philanthropy is at once an intensely private and a very public enterprise where personal principles meet public obligations. It is often difficult to find a compromise between these competing values. Many giving families opt to keep a low public profile, preferring to remain largely out of the...

Program and General Support: Choices for Giving Ffamilies

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on April 15, 2007

In an ongoing salvo in the decades-long debate surrounding program and general operating support, a 2007 report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy charges: The grantmaking practices of a significant part of the foundation sector may be crippling small community-based and other...

Mapping change: Discovering your giving niche

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on March 15, 2007

Effective and meaningful family philanthropy channels a family’s passions, interests, beliefs, values, and resources for a social good. Maintaining this delicate balance between private values and public virtue can position giving families for their most inspiring and innovative grants, but it also...

Where we go from here: Crafting a family mission statement

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on February 15, 2007

` Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’ [asked Alice]. `That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.`I don’t much care where–’ said Alice.`Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat. Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Unlike the...

A year with the giving family

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on January 15, 2007

This year, the National Center for Family Philanthropy celebrates ten years of inspiring family giving. To mark the occasion, Family Giving News invites you to spend “A Year with the Giving Family.” What follows is a calendar of activities designed to engage you and your family in a new philanthropic...

Saying Goodbye: Strategic Exits for Family Funds

Posted by Kevin Laskowski on November 25, 2006

The phrase “exit strategy” came to the philanthropic world from the world of venture capital after a brief stint in the military. Venture capitalists look to sell a fledgling enterprise or take a company public, exit strategies that guarantee a return on their investments. Similarly, venture...

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