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The Andrus Family Fund: Weaving a rich tapestry of youth philanthropy

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on July 23, 2015

Editor's note: This month's article features NCFP and Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation's Youth Philanthropy Connect's Igniting the Spark: Examples of Next Gen Engagement Strategies case study on the Andrus Family Fund.

Thinking differently about assessment

Posted by David Grant on June 25, 2015

This may seem counter-intuitive if you think the purpose of assessment is to judge work that has already happened. But what if assessment's primary purpose was to shape and improve work that hasn’t happened yet? In this month's feature article, David Grant, author of The Social Profit Handbook: The Essential Guide to Setting Goals, Assessing Outcomes, and Achieving Success for Mission-Driven Organizations, shares four key themes from this new guide for foundations and other mission-driven organizations, and tips and guidance for family foundation boards interested in assessing their own performance.

Where there is community, there is fellowship

Posted by Angie Hong on May 27, 2015

An increasing number of family foundations, community foundations, and regional associations are utilizing fellowship programs as a complementary strategy for meeting their charitable giving missions, while also seeking to expand local philanthropic leadership by building capacity in individual community members. Family foundations may decide to start a fellowship program for any of a number of reasons, including...

For youth by youth: Family philanthropy from a youth perspective

Posted by Mike Tracy, Isabel Griffith, Justin McAuliffe and Kylie Semel on April 22, 2015

Over the past few weeks, NCFP has been delighted to conduct several very special webinars in partnership with Youth Philanthropy Connect featuring the voice and perspectives of youth philanthropists involved in their family’s foundation. Our first webinar, “Family foundations from a youth perspective,” was held on March 29, 2015 and featured a wide-ranging conversation with four young donors – Kylie Semel of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation, Isabel Griffith from the Andrus Family Fund, Justin McAuliffe from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and Mike Tracy from the Tracy Foundation.

Generation Z giving: Philanthropy goes digital

Posted by Susan Crites Price on March 25, 2015

Philanthropy for Generation Z–high school age and younger—is very different from that of previous generations. They won’t be confined to sharing their time, talent, and treasure. Now there’s a fourth T—ties. And along with their ability to connect with peers at home and around the world, they can do it wherever they are. No desk top computers for the “Always On” generation. With smart phones, these kids have the Internet in the palms of their hands—or screens in their jeans, as one wag put it.

Family Philanthropy through Community Foundations: A special new initiative

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

The National Center for Family Philanthropy is excited to announce a new initiative focused on supporting families giving through community foundations. Grants from The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Lilly Endowment are helping to launch the new project, having each awarded NCFP new grants to develop programming and resources to meet the needs of donor families working with community foundations as their giving partner.

NCFP launches "Trends in Family Philanthropy" study

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on January 29, 2015

Family philanthropy’s role in the field of charitable giving has grown significantly in size and complexity over the past decade: in 2010, more than 40,000 family foundations donated over $20 billion according to the Foundation Center, representing 63% of all foundation giving....

Avoiding avoidance: Addressing and managing conflict in family philanthropy

Posted by Elaine Gast Fawcett on December 15, 2014

Conflict is normal in any family or organization. Yet, many of us avoid conflicts, even if that avoidance affects relationships or how the foundation operates. This month in FGN we feature Part 2 of a two-part series excerpted from our forthcoming Passages Issue Brief on “Avoiding avoidance.” In Part 1 we introduced the nature of conflict and some of the most common conflicts in family philanthropy. In this month's issue we share a variety of healthy tools for calling out and addressing conflict in a healthy, productive way, along with suggestions for when outside help may be needed.

Avoiding avoidance: Addressing and managing conflict in family philanthropy

Posted by Elaine Gast Fawcett on November 18, 2014

Conflict is normal in any family or organization. Yet, many of us avoid conflicts, even if that avoidance affects relationships or how the foundation operates. This month in FGN we feature Part 1 of a two-part series excerpted from our forthcoming Passages Issue Brief on “Avoiding avoidance.” In Part 1 we’ll introduce the nature of conflict and some of the most common conflicts in family philanthropy. Next month, in Part 2, we will share creative “tactics” boards use to perpetuate the avoidance, and how you can use simple tools to call out and address conflict in a healthy, productive way.

'On-boarding' the next gen: The Durfee Foundation's approach

Posted by Caroline Avery on October 20, 2014

The Durfee Foundation has held many board retreats during its 54-year history, but these have always been for trustees only. In 2014 we decided to do an all-family board retreat and bring together toddlers, teens, trustees and elders. Why the change? Read on...

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