Quote of the Month Posts

Making the choice to participate

Posted on June 25, 2013

"I have never felt obligated to serve on the next gen board. I know that being on the board is a personal choice I am welcome to change at any moment. I think everyone on the board needs to make sure they chose to be on the board because they want to be, not out of obligation. Obligation changes your...

Curtis Meadows on "doing the right thing"

Posted on May 25, 2013

"I would remind all trustees that the public interest is always in the room with them at board and governance meetings.  Unseen but watching are the representatives of that public interest: the IRS, Attorney General, Congress,  press and potential beneficiaries. Expectantly they look to us to do the...

Living with your failures

Posted by National Center for Family Philanthropy on April 25, 2013

"Most people are making grants that are a year, two years, three years, five years, and we've committed for the long term, to be here until we go out of business. It's an unusual approach but we recognize that community change takes a long time. And you need to be able to take the risk of doing that...

Lighting Fires

Posted on March 25, 2013

"Never stop affirming. When you find your battery of hope, excitement, and even idealistic naivete so drained that you don't let an applicant finish a presentation without pointing out why it can't be done, it's time you departed for another profession. Philanthropy builds on the hopes of rising...

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