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Working Together For Common Purpose: The First National Study of Family Philanthropy Through the Family Office

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on October 15, 2012

As the field of family philanthropy evolves, the options available to families for managing and making the most of their giving continue to keep pace. One option that a growing number of philanthropic families are considering is the creation of a single family office, a private entity that manages the...

Fifteen Timeless Tips For Trustee Training and Succession

Posted by Jason C. Born on September 15, 2012

Year after year, one topic in family philanthropy rises to the top: inspiring, engaging, and preparing the next generation for leadership. Sooner or later, unless the board decides to spend down the endowment, board succession in family foundations is a matter of when, not if. Since its founding in...

Letting Youth Lead the Way: A Report From the Youth Philanthropy Connect Conference

Posted by Susan Crites Price on August 15, 2012

If you want something done, put youth in charge. Youth in Action at the 2nd Annual Youth Philanthropy Connect conference When the first-ever conference for family foundation next generation board members wrapped up last year, the young attendees (ages 8 through 18) wanted to keep the momentum going....

The First Year: Tips and tools for the new family foundation CEO

Posted by Susan Crites Price on August 15, 2012

Editor’s Note: This article is excerpted from the new NCFP CEO Guide The First Year: The Complete Guide for New Family Foundation CEOs and their Boards of Directors volume 2 of our Family Foundation CEO Leadership Series. It is sometimes said that serving in the role of family foundation chief...

Avoiding Leaky Pipes: Enhancing Donor-Grantee Collaboration

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on July 15, 2012

Editor’s Note: In this month’s FGN, Thomas J. Tierney and Richard M. Steele of The Bridgespan Group offer thoughts on how donors and grantees can overcome persistent traps to true collaboration, and get better results for society. The below article is adapted from their longer piece “The Donor-Grantee...

Getting Started with CEO Performance Review: Now’s the Time

Posted by Susan Crites Price on June 15, 2012

Editor’s Note: This article is excerpted from NCFP's CEO Guide, Performance Review: The Complete Guide to Evaluating the Family Foundation CEO, volume 3 of our Family Foundation CEO Leadership Series. In a 2010 interview study of 60 family foundation chief executives by National Center for Family...

Advocacy and Family Giving: Leveraging Limited Dollars to Maximize Impact

Posted by Lisa Ranghelli on May 15, 2012

The Brindle Foundation in New Mexico is concerned with the well-being of children and youth, and funds in the areas of education, early childhood development, youth development and human services.  Brindle has assets of $14.2 million and annual giving of $579,000 (as of 2010). As the Board and staff of...

Finding Common Ground, Valuing Different Views

Posted by Jason C. Born on April 15, 2012

Coming to consensus. Agreeing to disagree. Finding a win-win solution. Whatever you call it, the art of negotiating and making decisions can be particularly tricky for families with a shared philanthropic mission but different – sometimes very different – ideas for how to achieve that mission....

Governance Essentials Recap: The Privileges and Responsibilities of Foundation Leaders

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on April 15, 2012

As somebody who is fairly new to the wonderful world of family philanthropy, I can’t tell you what a privilege it was to sit through the National Center’s 3-day Governance Essentials seminar at the Pew Charitable Trusts Conference Center this March and learn about the ins and outs of trustee leadership....

The Family Foundation CEO

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on March 15, 2012

A major report focusing on the family foundation chief executive—and the research behind it—marks a broadening of the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s sights as it seeks to understand and represent what makes family philanthropy not only unique but effective. Recognizing how critical it is to...

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