Quote of the Month Posts

Trends in family philanthropy project: Why now?

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

"Part of the reason this project is so important now is that so many family foundations are new to this work, having been founded or at least organized since the beginning of this millennium. Many philanthropic families are in a moment of transition where there's new leadership that needs to come in,...

Avoiding conflicts of interest in family philanthropy

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on December 15, 2014

"You shouldn't try to avoid conflicts of interest, because they're impossible to avoid. At some point, they will come up. The way to handle a conflict is to be trained about what may come up, to be very clear about disclosing them, and to make sure that disinterested, non-conflicted people are...

Managing unexpected transitions and change

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on September 19, 2014

"When change is thrust upon you, and you have to operate in the moment, I think those are the most difficult times. If that happens to you -- and I hope it doesn't -- my suggestion is to not move too quickly to a permanent solution. Recognize the value of a good interim plan to give you the time and...

Opportunity, not obligation: Welcoming and engaging your children in family philanthropy

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

"Be flexible, and understand that your kids' participation must be voluntary in order for it to be positive, because you want it to be a good experience for them. If they get to the point where they feel it's an obligation and it's getting in the way of other things in their lives they need to be...

Capacity building: The central role of general operating support

Posted on July 29, 2014

"Don't underestimate the real value of general operations grants as a simple but critical capacity-building strategy. Gen op grants are the trip-wire that triggers everything else that can happen to make improvements, and provide the flexibility within the agency to really have the dollars to allocate...

Dr. Richard Rockefeller: In memoriam

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on June 23, 2014

NCFP was deeply saddened earlier this month upon news of the death of Richard Rockefeller. Richard was part of the opening plenary for our 10th anniversary symposium with his daughter, Rebecca. He was a remarkable man, whose many roles included serving as a physician who worked on PTSD for war veterans...

The CEO role: Engaging the family foundation board over the long haul

Posted on April 29, 2014

"The critical thing is in understanding, having conversations, taking the time to really unearth where your board members are coming from with their particular perspectives of what they want to do. Often people have a story or a narrative that helps to define what they are most interested in....

The role of trust on family philanthropy boards

Posted on March 24, 2014

“We had to step back to take the time and to invest in a process to build trust on the board and a culture that allowed us to work together. Trust is the lubricant that makes everything else possible. Without that, nothing else works.” John Flicker, Trustee, The Storer Foundation Source: March NCFP...

Stumbling the mumble

Posted on February 25, 2014

"You'll start out wanting to walk the talk and you'll find yourself stumbling the mumble. Give yourself permission to stumble the mumble."   - Bill Graustein, Trustee,The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Generation Next: A collective force

Posted by Nini Meyer on January 25, 2014

"This is giving back. This is making a difference. Not only are we raising funds for a children's hospital, but every person who's involved with this is transformed at this moment. We're all helping, and we're a collective force."  -- Nini Meyer, Founder/Director, Positive Tracks and Trustee, Jane B....

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