Voices from the Field Posts
by Open Road Alliance
on May 22, 2018
When is an organization no longer a ‘start-up’? Is it age, size, or some other acquired wisdom that moves it out of the ‘test and experiment’ stage into the ‘institutional’ one? When is it time for an organization to change or adapt? Do we revisit strategies every 3 or 5 years because they are ‘round numbers’? Or do we watch the world around us and continuously react? How do you know when to grow?
What if the beneficiaries of the hardworking organizations that foundations serve were represented among foundation leadership?
by Leslie Pine
on May 17, 2018
Is it possible that some of the most inspired, effective solutions to the most intractable challenges could come from nothing?
by Nicholas Salter
on May 9, 2018
Private foundations have been taking bolder steps toward impact investing in recent years. But with more individuals turning to donor-advised funds (DAFs) to facilitate their giving, how can those funds also be invested today to improve the world?
by The Index-Journal
on May 7, 2018
The Self Family Foundation has been a part of Greenwood for 75 years, and its work is interwoven into the fabric of the community. “Greenwood is a much different place today because of the investments of the foundation,” said Frank Wideman III, president and CEO of the private family foundation.
by Yuval Lion
on May 4, 2018
Suddenly, I was thinking more about the meaning of money, responsibility, privilege, and the possible consequences of inherited wealth. That led me to question my parents’ legacy – how would their wealth impact future generations of our family?
by Kylie Musolf
on May 2, 2018
Lots of foundations are starting to look at their investment strategy as a way to increase the impact of their philanthropic dollars.
by Gayle Williams
on April 30, 2018
Twenty five years of work in foundations has confirmed for me what is now emerging as a truth in the leadership field: Trustworthy relationships and emotional intelligence are at the heart of all successful leadership.
In 2011, Hunter Lewis, co-founder of global investment firm Cambridge Associates, was interested in purchasing land untouched by chemical herbicides and pesticides to use for an organic farming operation. Lewis found his oasis in the Black Belt of Alabama, which is named after its fertile black soil.
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by Garland Yates
and Peter Pennekamp
on April 24, 2018
Across the field, philanthropy and other potential change-making institutions have grappled with implementing place-based initiatives and funding community-transformative systems.